Education & Science
Over the last few years, I've watched and read of many people who have put in highly diversified, large scale orchards in the name of creating a commercial-scale food forest (or something to that extent). By "highly diversified," I'm talking chestnuts, apples, grapes, hazelnuts, persimmons, paw paw, sea buckthorn, lonicera, black locust, etc.
Regular composting, also known as "cold composting", involves placing a variety of organic materials in a compost bin, enclosure, or even just in a large heap, and leaving it there until it breaks down several months later. It's a very slow process and typically takes 6 to 12 months.
by Rob Avis Following my recent blog post on the Do-It-Yourself Vermipod, I've been receiving a ton of questions from folks who built Vermipods and are looking for information on how to manage and maintain their new pets. So here's a compilation called Everything You Need To Know About Composting With Worms....
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USDA/Flickr The national Cooperative Research and Extension Services celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014, and with age comes wisdom. The extension is like a grandparent who is passing down tried-and-true techniques for raising great vegetables. This grandparent also happens to have a PhD in soil science and can tell you what integrated pest management means.
A bill recently introduced in Congress, the Young Farmer Success Act, would make farmers eligible for federally subsidized student loan forgiveness - just as teachers and nurses are now - on the grounds that agriculture is a public service. But is it? Certainly the history of U.S.
George Washington believed his young nation was only as strong as its farmers, so less than two years after the end of hostilities with England in 1783, he turned to that country's best and brightest for help in improving his own, and America's, agricultural practices.
On an April evening in northwest Washington, D.C., 11 gardeners sat at picnic tables watching Eriks and Andrejs Brolis, co-owners of Urban Farm Plans, a landscape design company and urban farm school. Some participants looked as if they'd hurried straight from the office, wearing dresses or button-down shirts; others sported T-shirts and jeans.
This is how to earn a good living (a six figure income) farming just 1.5 acres of land. It's possible, and you can do it too. You always hear the naysayers talk about how it's not possible to grow enough food for your family on 1 acre or even 2 acres.
Available open space in San Francisco may be scarce, as real estate prices continue to rise and prominent urban ag projects have given way to condo development, but the hunger for urban agriculture shows no sign of waning. Wait list times for some community gardens are upwards of several years.
The soil teems with billions of hidden microbes. Researchers have begun to catalog how these organisms are changing the world. Janet Jansson first started to wonder about the vast universe of underground life as a student at New Mexico State University in the late 1970s.
Even though the number of farmers in Maine is increasing, the structure supporting them is riddled with holes.
Organic agriculture alone may or may not be able to feed the world, but a recent study suggests that it can provide a relatively healthy paycheck for its practitioners. David W. Crowder and John P. Reganold, two researchers at Washington State University, conducted a meta-analysis of studies on agricultural economics to learn whether organic farming is more profitable than conventional farming.
"Some food hubs are building infrastructure to store food year-round which creates an actual response to the question: ' How can we feed a nation wi thout big agriculture?'" noted Kate Petcosky, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Food Access Coordinator in Lowell, MA.
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