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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 […]

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Planting By the Moon

The practice of growing food and raising livestock is a calling that urges us to become stronger and hardier. The variables present in natural systems can be overwhelming, and it is only those who are willing to face hard truths and adapt that can truly turn it into a lifestyle. From the outside, the natural […]

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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5 Strategies for a Successful Tool Lending Library

A growing number of communities operate their own tool lending library to allow residents to borrow tools free of charge because building a fence requires a lot of tools, and purchasing a brand-new post-hole digger, post pounder, measuring wheel, plumb bob and drill can be cost-prohibitive, and even renting can get expensive. Tool libraries operate […]

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The Future of Food: A Nation of Tenant Farmers?

America’s farmland is up for grabs. With two-thirds of the nation’s farmers retiring in the next 20 years, 400 million acres will change hands. Who will control what happens to that land? Land is in huge demand. Highly sought-after by developers, pension funds and rich refugees from Silicon Valley seeking country estates, yet another buyer […]