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Tim Duff makes maple syrup

From Tree to Bottle: Maple Syrup & Agritourism

Dolores Neill and Alan Wolf visited Highland County in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia from more than three hours away for the 60th Annual Highland Maple Festival last March. Over the course of two days, Neill and Wolf toured seven sugar camps where producers collect sap from maple trees and boil it down to create […]

Southpoll cow

Grass-Fed Beef: 10 Keys to Getting Started

There are few agricultural activities more exciting these days than being able to make and sell your very own gourmet 100 percent grass-fed beef.

pawpaws

Making Pawpaws Profitable

In the eastern United States, the pawpaw’s biggest selling point might be its connection to our native ecologies and local foodways. Find out if growing this distinctive fruit makes sense for your farm.

hands holding soil

The Role of AM Fungi in Agricultural Ecosystems

As those billions of microbes in a handful of soil go through their life cycles living and dying, they are providing a constant source of nutrients. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are capable of passing both organic and inorganic forms of phosphate to plants. One of the huge differences between our cropland soils and natural ecosystems is […]

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 […]

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 […]