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Archive | December, 2015

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Queen Bees Impacted by Neonics

Throughout the Northern Hemisphere beekeepers have struggled to maintain adequate numbers of honeybee colonies for crop pollination and honey production due to dramatic increases in colony deaths each year. Recent surveys of beekeepers suggest that poor queen health is an important reason for these losses, but why queen health is being affected is not understood. […]

Restoration Farm Eco-Farmers

Meet an Eco-Farmer: Restoration Farm

Why did you begin farming? We teach a class called “The Dream Giver,” and while meeting with a couple who had a dream of establishing an organic farm, we caught the dream. Our dream was different in that we wanted to grow crops that no other farms in the area were growing. Our choice was […]

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More Sustainable Strawberry Production

A team of researchers from North Carolina State University set out to provide strawberry growers with information that could help them transition to more sustainable soil and pest management production practices. Their study, published in HortTechnology, compares conventional, compost and organic strawberry production systems in the southeastern United States, and revealed good news for growers. […]

Sally Fallon Morell

Interview: Author, Activist Sally Fallon Morell Talks Deep Nutrition, Changing Attitudes

Sally Fallon Morell apparently taps secret energy sources not available to most of us. A human dynamo of sorts, she advances the cause of traditional foods as a chef, cookbook author, polemicist, activist and nutrition researcher. She was inspired in the early 1970s by the work of Weston A. Price (1870-1948), who travelled the world studying the diets and […]

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Crop Diversity: The Key to Sustainability

A study is showing that crop diversity is the key to sustainability, although that’s old news to eco-farmers. U.S. farmers on the whole, however, are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago, which could have implications for how farms fare as changes to the climate evolve, according to a large-scale study […]