HandPicked Eight–Stuff That Matters

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The HandPicked 8 is our quick overview of stuff that matters. There’s always a lot going on in the space we call ‘real food’, but not every story generates a whole post on its own.

That’s why we’ve created The HandPicked 8. We’ll post every week to give you a quick idea of some of the things happening in food.

We’re constantly cruising the web, listening to people and generally keeping our eyes and ears open to information we think HandPicked Nation visitors will find useful.

If you have run across a story you think is worth sharing, put a link to it in the comments section and we’ll consider making it part of the HandPicked 8.

So here are eight pieces of communication we think are worth thinking about this morning.

1. Farm Aid 2013 was held in our neck of the woods in Saratoga Springs, New York. Those folks never stop supporting the good food movement. New proposed rules by the FDA threaten the future of our food and farms. Join Farm Aid and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in taking action today.

2. This time of year is pretty magical in New Mexico. Over on the Salt blog at NPR they’re telling the story of chile roasting season. What’s that I smell?

3. An award-winning food pioneer is set to be presented with a first-time award. First name, Alice, last name, Waters. Read all about it.

4. This guy is really on top of it. Literally. Mohamed Hage is growing food on rooftops in Montreal and has a unique story about how he came to this career path.

5. And speaking about ‘from above’, Wired.com has put up images crafted by British artist Mishka Henner from publicly available satellite photographs–of industrial farms! You have to see this.

6. Foraging isn’t exactly a new concept, but it is definitely a hot trend. There’s food in them thar hills! Interesting story about mushroom forager, Langdon Cook from Culinate.com.

7. Well, now here’s something you don’t see every day. Our buddy, Forrest Pritchard has explained organic farming using 80s sitcom theme songs.

8. The foolishness in Washington continues with a shutdown of the U.S. government. What does it mean to those of us who eat? Modern Farmer runs it down.

And that’s some of the stuff that matters, October 11, 2013!

Have an idea for a story? Seen a piece of news we ought to know about? Send it to us, we’ll try to use it.