Help! I have vampires on the farm

This year's mosquitoes are sucking all the life out of summer on a farm in Nebraska.

Avett Brothers play benefit show; give me excuse to write about them

Y'all know I love The Avett Brothers something fierce. It's rare that they wander into Grist's purview, so I don't usually get a chance to write about them. However! They recently played a benefit for Terra Nova Community Farm in …

The price of cheap Walmart eggs? Mummified hens and tainted eggs

Atrocious sanitary conditions prevailed within the factory-scale facilities responsible for the egg recall. But the structure of the U.S. food market and the companies that benefit from its consolidation are far more to blame than any one egg tycoon.

Food Feeding the City

New Agtivist: Gene Fredericks is thinking inside the city’s big box

They're the bane of urban and suburban areas alike: the vacant, boarded-up K-Marts and Home Depot Expos. But where most people see blight and a waste of space, San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur Gene Fredericks sees opportunity: to grow food. …

After a half billion bad eggs get released, the FDA reveals filthy conditions of Wright County Egg

There's nothing like an egg salmonella outbreak to inspire FDA inspectors to deliver blunt, graphic reports from inside the industrial food system

My Intentional Life: Hot Flies in the Summertime, Part 2

The roommates try to deal with an infestation of white flies in their new urban garden. Check out the web comic!

What do cream cheese, screws, and solar panels have in common?

What really caught my eye was the Philadelphia brand cream cheese label that said the product was made with renewable energy.

Food Feeding the City

Smart cities are (un)paving the way for urban farmers and locavores

Across the U.S., cities are buckling up their green belts and introducing legislation to foster local-food production of everything from cucumbers to yellow limes, reports Kerry Trueman for Grist's Feeding the City series. Because nobody wants to get caught with …

Ask Umbra on healthy soil for urban and suburban farmers and gardeners

A reader wants to know if urban dirt is safe for growing food. Is there lead in that urban farm salad? Umbra investigates and gives some savvy tips.