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Part of the challenge facing pawpaws as a commodity is that for years they were exclusively a wild food; consumers aren’t used to seeing them in markets.

Making Pawpaws Profitable

Ilze Sillers, a psychologist living in Versailles, Kentucky, lives on the type of farm that many people only dream about. Her land sits in the middle of horse country, where huge farms with their seemingly endless white or black fences cover the rolling hillsides in a landscape that is a cross between central England and […]

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Role of AM Fungi in Agricultural Ecosystems

Today we are going to examine the role arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi play in providing phosphorus and other benefits to plants and the impact of chemical fertilizers on plant-fungi symbiosis. Nutrient Cycles You often hear about the P-cycle (phosphorus) or the N-cycle (nitrogen) and have probably seen all sorts of graphics demonstrating how these nutrients […]

Elderberry crop, ready for harvest.

The Business of Organic Elderberry

In the heart of the Midwest, a growing company called River Hills Harvest is riding the new wave of demand for elderberry products. At the helm of this enterprise is Terry Durham, a longtime advocate of sustainable agriculture, a builder of groundbreaking organizations and an elderberry expert best known for his devotion to developing the […]

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Book excerpt: Agriculture in Transition by Donald Schriefer

Agriculture in Transition is the last word on eco-farming systems from America’s “environmental agronomist” – Donald L. Schriefer. A pioneer in developing an awareness of the relation of tillage to soil fertility, Schriefer focused on three major soil basics – soil aeration, soil water, and soil decay – as the foundation of sound, productive agriculture.

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How to Read a Soil Test

The first step on the road to achieving healthy soils able to sustain productive plants is the soil or plant analysis test.

Extra effort brings in the author’s early crop
of small tomatoes, giving the farm a jump on the competition.

Agricultural Advice from Warren Buffett

Do you know who Warren Buffett is? Neither did I. I did recognize the name — I had heard it for years and was always given to understand that he is very, very rich. I recently investigated him in greater detail and found that he is — and I quote — a “magnate, businessman and […]