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Book of the Week: Farming in the Presence of Nature

By Athena Tainio Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Acres U.S.A. original book, Farming in the Presence of Nature by Athena Tainio. Copyright 2017, softcover, 116 pages. Regular price: $18.00. SALE PRICE: $12.60. Enter Human The dark side of the story begins with the human race. Think of sequestered carbon as Gaia’s savings account, […]

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The Faux Faith of Modern Science

Think very carefully the next time your physician suggests new prescription drugs or offers you a bit of medical advice. “Science is part and parcel humility. Scientists do not seek to impose their needs and wants on Nature, but instead humbly interrogate Nature and take seriously what they find. We are aware that revered scientists […]

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Biointensive Growing for Smart-Scale Farming

Conventional thinking holds that vegetable farms must be fully mechanized and produce on a certain scale to provide a livelihood, except in extraordinary circumstances, but Les Jardins de la Grelinette (Broad Fork Gardens) in Quebec, busts this myth, using biointensive growing methods. For more than a decade Jean-Martin Fortier and Maude-Helene Desroches have operated a […]

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Book of the Week: The Farm as Ecosystem

The book The Farm as Ecosystem, written by Jerry Brunetti, features a lifetime of experience and observations woven together into a useful guide and source of information. Through the text, Brunetti seeks to offer the reader a deeper understanding of evaluating your soil, soil fertility management, compost and ocmpost tea, cover cropping systems, the benefits […]

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Agricultural Lessons from the Deer

One thing I know very well and yet continue to study is the whitetail deer. Although cursed by crop farmers, landscapers, gardeners and others I sympathize with, deer provide many valuable lessons and perhaps even models for the ecological farmer. Under normal circumstances, deer do not “mow” or even really graze; they browse, seldom making […]

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Book Excerpt: The Simple Has Been Made Complicated

The following is an excerpt is reprinted from SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital by Slow Money founder Woody Tasch. We live in a world in which the complicated has been made simple and the simple has been made complicated. Pushing the power button on your computer, simple. Having an authentic […]