organic farmers http://michiganradio.org en Ypsilanti family finds happiness in living off the land http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilanti-family-finds-happiness-living-land <p>Meet the Gold family. They're modern day homesteaders.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their goal is to live as self-sufficiently as possible on their three-acre farm in </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. (They often say they use yesterday's knowledge combined with today's technology.)</span></p><p>Two years ago they started the <a href="http://www.mifolkschool.com/">Michigan Folk School. </a>The school promotes traditional folk arts and the preservation of forest and farmland.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15758 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti family finds happiness in living off the land Stateside for Monday, November 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-november-11th-2013 <div><p>Driverless cars might just be a futurist's dream-no longer. The University of Michigan has announced its plans to bring a fleet of networked, driverless cars to Ann Arbor by the year 2021. We have the details on today's show.</p><p>And the temperatures are falling and parts of Michigan have snow on the ground. We asked if winter has already arrived.</p><p>Also, the Farm Bill passed last January took an important subsidy away from organic farmers.&nbsp;What does the loss of this subsidy mean to organic farmers in Michigan? And does a farm have to go through the trouble and expense of getting certified to be organic?</p><p>First on the show, it's been less than a week since voters in three very different Michigan cities all approved ballot initiatives allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use on private property.</p><p>And that has pro-marijuana advocates hoping those votes will boost pressure on state lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize pot.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing correspondent Jake&nbsp;Neher&nbsp;joined us today to give an overview of what efforts are underway.</p></div><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:20:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 15226 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, November 11th, 2013 Farm Bill extension causes trouble for organic farmers http://michiganradio.org/post/farm-bill-extension-causes-trouble-organic-farmers <p>One of the pressing issues before Congress is the need to pass a new Farm Bill.</p><p>A Farm Bill extension was passed last January to give Congress more time to get the final bill passed.</p><p>And within that extension was an unhappy surprise for many organic farmers: it no longer contained an annual federal subsidy that helped certified organic farmers cover the cost of getting their operations inspected. That is a key step in being certified organic.</p><p>What does the loss of this subsidy mean to organic farmers in Michigan? And does a farm have to go through the trouble and expense of getting certified to be organic?</p><p>Lee Arboreal owns the Eaters' Guild Farm in Bangor, a farm that is certified organic, and he's on the board of the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance.</p><p>Tomm Becker owns Sunseed Farm, just out of Ann Arbor. His farm is not certified, but uses organic practices.</p><p>And Vicki Morrone is an Organic Farming Specialist at the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University.</p><p>The three of them joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:52:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 15225 at http://michiganradio.org Farm Bill extension causes trouble for organic farmers Michigan organic farmers want better access to federal farm subsidy money http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-organic-farmers-want-better-access-federal-farm-subsidy-money <p>Environmental and organic farming groups want a change in the way federal agriculture subsidies are handed out.</p><p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11267 at http://michiganradio.org