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Dr. Richard Oppenlander: Your Role in Global Depletion

Dr. Richard Oppenlander is the author of Comfortably Unaware. In this presentation he takes on difficult but critical issues facing mankind and our planet, including the role of livestock in our food system and climate change challenges.

How A Nutrient Economy Can Save Our Farmers, Our Health And Our Environment

Nutrient dense foods are the foundation of human well being, and as such will define the crops of our much needed new agricultural paradigm. This article, appearing on Forbes.com on February 27, 2013, addresses several of the important issues at stake, including access to land for famers.

Smokeshire Valley Preserve: Farm, Forest & Development Scheme

Building on the analysis done in the Land Capability Prospectus, the Farm, Forest & Development Scheme (FF&DS) explores in greater detail one of the many exciting ways Smokeshire Valley Preserve can be used by its next owner.

Green Energy, Land Stewardship & Winemaking

The Winter 2012 Issue of Land Report: Pairing Agriculture, Energy, and Stewardship. Interesting cover article by Eric O’Keefe about a wine grower’s exemplary integration of a 454-kilowatt solar array and energy-saving measures.

Mario Batali Loves Cathead Point’s Food Environment

Just around the corner from Cathead Point, neighbor Mario Batali is loving life at his summer residence in Northport, Michigan. Like many who journey to the Leelanau Peninsula from afar, there are a few key places he and his family ritually visit upon arrival (watch the video and check out this bon appetit story to find out where they are!).

Earth Asset’s Founder Is A Nutritarian

Do you suffer from a serious illness? Is your quality of life undermined by chronic pain? Are you always tired? Do you struggle to lose weight? Most importantly, do you wish you could change all of this? If so, my journey may be of interest to you.

Smokeshire Valley Preserve: Land Capability Prospectus

Smokeshire Valley Preserve is nearly 2,000-acres in size, and stretches 1.5-miles from end-to-end. These features alone make it rare.

The Farming Bug & Falling In Love With Your Land

In this New York Time’s article, fashion photographer, Fabio Chizzola, shares his new passion: a 32-acre apple orchard. Reminiscent of his childhood days back in Italy, the NYC resident is having a blast bringing back to life the old, abandoned apple orchard on the upstate farm he bought with his wife. Not only is the farm a labor of love for Mr. Chizzola and his family, but in unearthing a stash of old photography equipment he learned that a previous owner shared his passions: farming and photography. Mr. Chizzola says “I’m attached to the land”.

Understanding Your Property Tax

A property tax is an ad valorem (according to value) tax levy on the value of property. Most often, the value of the property used to calculate a property’s tax is its assessed value. Assessed values reflect a property’s combined land and improvement value.