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Archive | Permaculture

Stories, photos and podcasts about permaculture techniques, including information about healthy pollination tactics. Permaculture is defined as the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

A wheelbarrow full of compost that is ready to apply.

Composting Tips and Strategies for Balanced Compost

Before starting the composting process, it is important to know how to blend the right materials to provide a balanced food supply for your digester microbes. No single material is sufficient by itself to create good compost. The two main elements essential to compost are nitrogen and carbon.

Planting hazelnut in Minnesota

Regenerative Agriculture in Action

Regenerative agriculture comes in many forms. Since 2010 Main Street Project has been developing and testing a poultry-centered regenerative agriculture system capable of producing economic, ecological and social benefits that are grounded in local rural communities. Main Street Project’s regenerative agriculture system connects and supports people, makes efficient use of land and energy and helps rebuild local food […]

Healthy, well-mineralized soils have good aggregation.

Minerals: The Big Four for Soil Health

Minerals and their respective roles in achieving healthy soil is a common topic of discussion among agriculture consultants and farmers. A long time ago, when I was going through my initial soil balance training, mineral balance was all that we talked about. Get the minerals right, address calcium and get it to 68 percent base saturation and all […]

A girl plays in the soil.

Sustainable Soil: Four Rules for Controlling Organic Inputs

The first rule of sustainable soils is straightforward. While all growers are aware of the need for nutrients in order to grow crops, many only focus on NPK, as these are primary growth nutrients.

A bounty, straight from the forest.

Forest-to-Table: A Permaculture Experiment Thrives

Forest-to-table products are growing in popularity, not only for consumers, but for farmers as well.

A bee pollinates a flower.

Healthy Pollination: Horizontal Hives Support Natural Beekeeping

Healthy pollination is the goal almost every beekeeper starts with, but it is often easier said than done.