Coach’s Game Plan

Why Chipotle’s pork problem is good for farmers

By Coach Mark Smallwood, Executive Director News that Chipotle pulled pork from many of its menus, due to an issue with one of their supplier’s animal welfare practices, has been blowing up all over the news and social media. The … Continued

Food as Medicine

A Partnership between Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s University Health Network In 431 B.C. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Over 2500 years later, we are inundated with advertisements boasting the latest, greatest cure-all … Continued

Stop feeding the beast and start feeding the people

By Coach Mark Smallwood Follow Coach’s blogs posts at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen and EcoWatch Have you ever wondered how anyone makes any money on a $2.00 bag of nacho-cheese–flavored corn chips or a $0.25 apple? Economists and policy wonks … Continued

Why I only eat organic apples and why you should, too

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at Apples. Apples are the single most pesticide-contaminated produce item available at the grocery store. If you had to choose just one item from your grocery list to buy organic, make it organic … Continued

Organic vs. Chemical Lawn Care: Which one leads to healthier grass?

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at The summer season always brings to mind bright green lawns and idyllic images of children running barefoot through the grass. However, lawns are a quintessentially American phenomenon, and when you begin to … Continued