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Archive | July, 2015

Rama Farm Eco-Farmer

Meet an Eco-Farmer: Rama Farm

Why did you begin farming? As a young child I recognized that I was happiest when pulling weeds or picking backyard raspberries. This understanding inspired a life-long pursuit of back-to-the land self-sufficiency. Have you always been an eco-farmer, or did you make a change? If the definition of eco-farmer is one who works with nature […]

Organic: The higher levels of organic matter allow the soil in the organic field to resist erosion in heavy rain events and capture more water. Source: FIBL DOK Trials

Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life — Increasing Soil Organic Matter through Organic Agriculture

by André Leu This year has been declared the International Year of Soils by the 68th UN General Assembly with the theme “Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life.” I am particularly pleased with the theme because this is a message that we in the organic sector have been spreading for more than 70 years, and […]

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Bringing Butterflies Back

Over the years, loss in natural habitat has seen the decline in numbers of around 50 species of butterflies in eastern Washington. But in a recent Washington State University study published in the Journal of Insect Conservation, researchers found that vineyards that create nearby natural habitats have three times the number of butterfly species and […]

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Teff Grass as Alternative Forage for Horses

Bermudagrass has long been popular as forage for horses, but teff grass has potential as an alternative. Teff is not only palatable for the horses but they’ve shown some preference for it in certain situations, according to a study at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Teff has become popular in the western […]

Steven Druker Interview

Interview: Failure to Protect the People — Advocate, Author Steven Druker Explores the Uncontrolled Experiment of GMOs in Our Food Supply

Steven Druker interviewed by: Chris Walters What are genetically engineered foods doing to us? The most chilling thing about the decades-long uncontrolled experiment in mass consumption of food disrupted at the cellular level is that we cannot know — that’s why the term “uncontrolled experiment” is actually an oxymoron. The “massive enterprise to reconfigure the […]

Farmers can play an important role in creating monarch feeding areas and managing migration corridors.

Pollinators: Bees and Other Insects Will Increase Farm Production

Supporting resident and migrating pollinators, including bees, not only aids a critical link in the natural ecosystem cycle, but a farm’s production can increase substantially with the presence of ample pollinators. By giving pollinators safe shelter, water and a supplemental food supply in addition to nectar supplied by crops, their activity on the farm can increase. […]