(The Zenz Family, Photo from Old Oak Family Farm)
On the farm there is no shortage of work to be done. Seeds must be sown, transplants must be set out, crops must be cultivated and harvested, livestock must be cared for, and all manner of buildings and equipment require both maintenance and repair at some point in their... Read More »
Katie Jantzen is a beginning farmer in Plymouth, Nebraska, growing produce on a small farm that’s been tended by her family for 5 generations.
With ¾ of an acre in production, she grows over 42 varieties of produce and herbs, selling produce primarily through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, as well as through local farmers markets and small food businesses.
Katie... Read More »
We are very excited to announce the official launch of our comprehensive online food safety liability course: Cultivate Legal Resilience through Food Safety Law, available FREE online!
With our course, farmers will learn actionable methods for reducing their risk of food safety liability and best practices for planning for recovery support if and when a food safety incident occurs... Read More »
We are searching for law student volunteers for legal research this summer!
Farm Commons, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports farmers across the country by developing educational programs and resources about legal issues that affect farm businesses. Selected volunteers will assist in creating effective educational resources on farm business law for attorneys and other... Read More »
As John Dewey, the great pragmatist and 20th century philosopher, writes: “education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” His sentiment of learning through living – learning through action, is core to our work here at Farm Commons.
Though Farm Commons was founded almost 7 years ago by... Read More »
Food safety is no joking matter, so lettuce not digress... Jokes aside, navigating the stipulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) can be complex, as farmers determine whether the Produce Safety and/or Preventive Controls rules apply to their operations or not, and what best practices they need... Read More »