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Archive | October, 2017

A field in Hoven, South Dakota, in 2004 using 12.8 ounces per acre MicroAZ-IF Liquid, treated (left), untreated.

Microorganisms for Fertility

The use of microorganisms for fertility is an exacting process using inexact tools in the production of food, fiber and fuel. Each farmer’s fertility program for plant growth is tied to the desired response of the plants. A simpler way to put it is; how much would you like to produce, at what rate and […]

Yeasts Protect Fruit from Brown Rot

Tractor Time Episode 11: John Kempf, Founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture

John Kempf is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a crop consulting company, and is an expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming.

Sweet corn at Spiral Path Farm in Pennsylvania.

CSA Creates Community Connection

There is a duality to the benefits of CSA, and nearly every point in the food network receives gains. People in the community are better able to forge strong relationships with the farmers producing food around them, and food is distributed and enjoyed locally. Spiral Path Farm, owned by Michael (Mike) and Terra Brownback, is […]

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Fighting Food Insecurity

Author, Anti-Hunger Advocate Andy Fisher Sheds Light on Food Insecurity and its Ties to our Industrial Food System, Politics Why is the problem of chronic hunger and food insecurity getting worse in the world’s top superpower? Forty-three million people receive SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), and 13 percent of the U.S. population fit USDA’s […]

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Real Health: A Response to What The Health

by Maryam Henein Back in March, I attended the premiere of the documentary film What The Health at the Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles. I found myself in a room full of staunchly righteous vegans, including a guy who was wearing a T-shirt that read Vegan Feminist. The musician Moby, whom I formerly conducted […]

Flail mowing summer Sudangrass/cowpea green manure at Potomac Vegetable Farms – West.

Cover Cropping & Green Manures

After 22 years of farming, my farm’s soil is markedly more fertile and productive. It has been a wonderful journey learning what works and how to continue to improve long-term productivity while harvesting bountiful crops. There are several methods that deserve credit for this increase in soil quality: the use of compost, the use of […]