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Susquehanna Life

In The Spring 2016 Issue

Mar 15, 2016 06:15PM ● By Ryan Frisch

Dear Readers,

There’s no question, asserts Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO, your health is directly related to the quality of the food you eat, and the quality of food is dependent on the health of the soil in which it is grown. 

Tilling, it turns out, is one of the most destructive aspects of modern-day industrial agriculture because it destroys vital soil biology.

Farmers who adopt regenerative soil practices, including crop diversification, cover cropping and livestock integration, can improve their yields and grow more nutritious food. 

The U.S. government farm program, however, subsidizes the growing of certain crops, most notably corn and soybeans, and is geared to monoculture production. 

The good news: Pennsylvania is ahead of most states in the implementation of regenerative agriculture practices and you’ll learn about people leading the charge in the two Business Life articles, starting on page __. 

Gerard and Sarah Troisi, a father/daughter team of independent crop advisors, teach people like dairy farmer James Harbach the merits of going beyond the no-till practices he’s had in place since the 1970s. Caroline and David Owens have practiced sustainable farming since the 1990s with the meat they raise and sell to consumers. Even lay people like Nate Seigel are doing their part by raising pastured chickens sustainably. And Weis Markets won a sustainability award last year for its efforts. 

Also in the Business Life section Debbie Yahnke introduces you to Horn O Plenty, a trailblazing Bedford restaurant operated by two intrepid farmers who use and share their regenerative farming practices with customers and community.  

Learn more about regenerative agriculture on March 30, from 7:30 to 8:30, when the experts and soil practitioners in these articles appear with me on WKOK’s Sunrise program with Mark Lawrence. Turn your dial to 1070 A.M. and take part! 

Other articles in the spring issue are geared to help us regenerate our lives. Get out and get moving with Suzanne Ellis’ day trip suggestions in Juniata County; the state’s Heritage Areas are beautiful, historical and ripe for your exploration; walk the Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail, introduced to us by Robin Van Auken; learn what regional women are doing to both help—and learn from—Honduran women in Robin Crawford’s The Carrizo Project article; and try the Pear Crisp recipe from Liz Furia, owner and pastry chef at E Tu Bistro, in Danville. 

Happy Spring!

Erica L. Shames

Fix Our Soil, Save Our World

Loganton dairy farmer James Harbach testified before Congress about a crisis facing the nation: the poor health of our soil threatens the well-being of the planet. Read More » 

Building Bridges from Growers to Community - Mar 15 2016 0557PM

Building Bridges from Growers to Community

Horn O Plenty farm-to-table restaurant started as a 300-acre farm serving up Community Supported Agriculture, a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Read More » 

Cornish Cross Chickens

Healthy Food: Nurturing The Natural Process

Nate Seigel lives on the farm with his wife Kelly and their two young children with a goal: raise healthy food and teach his children respect for the process. Read More » 

Non-Profit The Carrizo Project Empowers Honduran Women - Mar 16 2016 0341PM

Non-Profit, The Carrizo Project, Empowers Honduran Women

The Carrizo Project, a non-profit, empowering Honduran women by teaching them sew; helping them to own and operate their own businesses. Read More » 

E Tu Bistros Pear Berry Crisp

Early Spring Pear-Berry Crisp

E Tu bistro's early spring pear-berry crisp served warm, with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce. Read More »  

Endless Mountains

Discover Pennsylvania's Heritage: 7 Day trips for You and Your Family

7 easy day trips to discover Pennsylvania's Heritage area Read More » 

Pomeroy Academia Bridge photo courtesy by Juniata County Historical Society

Juniata County Road Trip

Discover hidden treasures throughout Juniata County as you drive through the vibrant green valley outlined by forested mountain ranges Read More » 

The river access overlooks the Last Raft crash site Photo by William Poulton

Take Me to the River: Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail

Get back to nature with the newest development on the River Access Trail. Read More » 

Photo by Bob Stoudt

Life Around The Susquehanna River: 3 Things to Know

Banding together to stand up against hateful rhetoric and violence, First Section of the Nature Trails Opens and Moorish Fretwork at the Givin Library. Read More » 

By The Book Spring 2016 - Mar 17 2016 0134PM

By The Book [Spring 2016]

Browse these book recommendations about sustainability and more. Read More » 

Letters to the Editor [Spring 2016]

Readers share their thoughts on previous issues.

Web Extra

Joel Salatin giving a tour of his farm

Meet Joel Salatin - A Self-described “Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-Farmer”

An American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include Folks, This Ain't Normal; You Can Farm; and Salad Bar Beef. Read More » 


Spring Illumination

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside,
somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God.

Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God
wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.

As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then th
ere will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.

And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.

― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl 

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