Raise a glass to toast your favorite green restaurant! Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2013 People's Choice Nature's Plate Awards. Together we can celebrate the restaurants doing their part for nature -
and your taste buds!
Did you know that fruits and seeds from insect-pollinated plants account for more than 30 percent of the foods and beverages that we consume?
On the East Coast, Nature Conservancy scientists are working with farmers to increase habitat for native bees, which are threatened by disease and habitat loss. You can help too, with simple steps to increase pollinator habitat in your backyard.
The year after high school often gets young adults thinking seriously about their future careers. But recent graduate Felice Martin has known what she wanted to do since age 12, when she and her five younger siblings combined their summer earnings to build a small barn.
"I can’t remember ever not wanting to be a farmer," she said. At the age of 19 Martin signed a lease to become the newest tenant of Drumlin Hill Farm, part of The Nature Conservancy's Sunny Valley Preserve in New Milford, Connecticut.
Sunny Valley's 2,050 acres include five working farms and nearly 1,400 acres of natural land. "Sunny Valley is a great demonstration of how natural and working lands can be maintained side-by-side for people and nature," said preserve manager Wayne Woodard. "Our goal here is to manage real farms, with real farmers producing food for surrounding communities."