Sarah Laskow

Sarah Laskow is a journalist based in New York.

Recent Articles

No Land to Lease

New farmers inspired by the local and organic food movements can't find the real estate.

(Flickr/MGSpiller)

Even before they began looking for land, Cara Fraver and Luke Deikis had a name picked out for their farm. Quincy Farm, they imagined, would be within 200 miles of New York City and would grow organic vegetables, which they would sell at farmers' markets and to members of a community-supported agriculture group. They didn't know much about farming, but they were accomplished gardeners eager to work a plot larger than their Brooklyn backyard.

Spiking Obama on High Gas Prices

Ben Smith [has a story this morning](http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56297.html) about Americans for Prosperity's first whack at Obama on gas prices. This is Obama's most vulnerable flank as 2012 approaches, and the more the right can pound into people's heads that the president is responsible for high gas prices, the better off their candidates will be.

Government-funded art appreciation

When I lived in DC, one of my favorite things to do on a weekend was wander down to the Mall and walk through the National Gallery. Sometimes I'd stay 15 minutes; sometimes I'd stay for an hour. It didn't matter how long I stayed, because I didn't have to pay for admission.

Another Attack on Public Lands and Environmental Laws

Here's another example of how House Republicans are working to undermine not only the environmental integrity of public lands but the most basic environmental laws we've got. Yesterday, during a series of votes on the homeland security appropriations bill, the House approved an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), that took away DHS' ability to work with the Interior Department on cleaning up the damage that border patrol activity inflict.

Record Rain and Snowmelt in the Missouri River

All along the Missouri river, residents and government agencies on all levels are preparing for flooding, and this, from The Wall Street Journal, is really incredible:

Col. Bob Ruch, commander of the Corps's Omaha, Neb., district, said engineers had been releasing water from the reservoirs at a measured pace to clear way for snowmelt. But rains in eastern Montana over the last three weeks equaled a full year's normal total, he said, and "it filled up the space we created to take on the snowmelt, which still sits up in the mountains."

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