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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.

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 […]

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Community Seed Network

For farmers and gardeners who practice the time-honored tradition of preserving seed and trading with neighbors and friends, the swapping circle just got a whole lot bigger. A collaboration between the Seed Savers Exchange and USC Canada has launched an online resource for seed savers of all experience levels known as the Community Seed Network […]

Ben Hartman waters plants in his hoop house

Clay Bottom Farm Turns Lean Principles into Profit

With two greenhouses and two hoop houses covering a total of a quarter-acre of land — along with an additional quarter-acre of beds in the open — Hartman and Hershberger get high productivity out of a fraction of their 5 acres of clay soil. They grow 30 produce varieties, focusing on their customers’ preferences.

Bill McDorman stands in his corn patch

Seedsman on a Mission

In 1979, a 25-year-old college freshman from Idaho stood over a bare garden plot in the backyard of his newly purchased home in Missoula, Montana, and asked himself, “Now where am I going to get seeds that will grow here?” Answering this question would lead author, speaker and educator Bill McDorman on a lifelong career […]

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Book excerpt: Food, Farming & Health by Vandana Shiva, et al.

The book Food, Farming & Health shows how our health is a continuum from the soil, to the plants, to our bodies. It demonstrates how chemical farming depletes the soils of nutrition, producing plants that are nutritionally empty but full of toxic residues, which cause us – its consumers – to suffer from diseases related […]