Hammering Home the No Farms No Food Message, Roy the Dog Gets a Real Farm Job, and a Summer Reading List for Fans of Farms and Food

American Farmland Trust

Farm Fresh News June 2010
Welcome to the June edition of Farm Fresh News. In this issue, read about how creative high school students are "hammering" home the No Farms No Food message, get inspired by the story of how Roy the dog got a real farm job, and check out the summer reading list for readers who love mystery, hope and farm fresh recipes in equal measure. 

'Fight for the Farm' – Whack-a-House

Whack-a-HouseA creative project put together by a talented team of students provide an educational experience that comes with a satisfying THWACK! Four Future Farmers of America from Connecticut’s Southington High School Agriculture Science & Technology Center are taking their 'Fight for the Farm' booth featuring Whack-a-House to the National FFA Convention in October 2010 in Indianapolis, IN where they will represent Connecticut.


What Is a Farm Without a PHARM Dog?

Border CollieDogs often have a special role on the farm, whether as hard-working members of the farming operation or just plain old faithful companions out in the field. Now, a "new breed" is helping to make life easier for disabled farmers. With as many as 100,000 farming related injuries per year, there is a need for ways to help farmers cope with challenges resulting from their injuries. Read how help for one Missouri farmer came in the form of a three-year-old border collie named Roy.

Stack of Books in GrassDrum Roll Please: It's the Summer Reading List!

This year’s summer reading list has something for everyone: hope and heroes, murder and markets, watercolor illustrations, and farm fresh recipes. If you are a fan of farms and food, you should check out our summer reading list!


Vote for America's Favorite Farmers Markets™!

Vote Blog ButtonFood decisions are important, and as consumers we have the opportunity to support local farmers and communities—just by shopping at farmers markets. Show support for your local farmers market by voting in our America's Favorite Farmers Markets contest. Want to help your farmers market even more? Check out ways that you can help us spread the message this summer.


Farm Fresh Recipe

Chef Michel Nischan is the owner of Westport, Connecticut’s Dressing Room: A Homegrown Restaurant, which he founded with actor and philanthropist Paul Newman in 2006. The son of farmers, Nischan has long been a leader in the movement to honor local, pure, simple and delicious cooking.

Special Offer: Become a monthly supporter of American Farmland Trust! For monthly gifts of $20 or more we will send you a hardcover signed copy of Chef Michel Nischan’s Sustainably Delicious, so you can enjoy sustainable dinners knowing that you helped keep farms open for business and supplying fresh food to your community!

Ancient Grains “Risotto” Style

Serves 4


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup uncooked farro or spelt
2 cups vegetable stock, preferably homemade
1/2 large zucchini, diced
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup fresh sweet corn kernels
1 cup cooked heirloom beans (or canned organic)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 squash blossoms
4 ounces ricotta
Freshly snipped herbs

1. In a large, deep sauté pan, heat half the olive oil over medium-high heat and when hot, cook the onions for 4 to 5 minutes or until softened but not browned. Add the farro and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Pour the stock into the sauté pan and stir the farro and onions frequently for the next 40 to 45 minutes, at which time the farro should be tender and the stock evaporated. Add more stock if needed during cooking to keep the farro moist.

3. In another large sauté pan, heat the remaining olive oil and when hot, sauté the zucchini and corn kernels for 10 to 12 minutes or until the vegetables brown. Add the cooked the tomatoes and cook for about 1 minute to warm through. Add the farro and the cooked beans and toss to mix. Add the butter and stir until melted and the beans are hot. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. In a mixing bowl, whisk the ricotta to soften it. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Using a small spoon, gently stuff the squash blossoms with the cheese.

5. Spoon the farro onto each of 8 plates and garnish each with a stuffed squash blossom and freshly snipped herbs.


1/2 pint peeled and seeded butternut squash, 1/4-inch diced
1/2 pint hard apples such as russet or granny smith, seeded and 1/4-inch diced
3/4 cup cooked chestnuts, 1/4-inch diced


1/2 pint wilted greens such as kale, collards, swiss chard
1/2 pint parsnip, peeled and 1/4-inch diced
1/2 pint roasted red and yellow beets, peeled and 1/4-inch diced


1/2 pint cooked mushrooms
1/2 pint freshly shelled spring peas
1/2 pint asparagus, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

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