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Front cover of the Myths of Safe Pesticides book

Book excerpt: The Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu

In his book The Myths of Safe Pesticides, organic agriculturist and lecturer André Leu delves into scientific research to present evidence dispelling the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators that pesticide, herbicide and insecticide products are safe when used as directed. Leu breaks down the five most-repeated myths about pesticide safety, refuting them using […]

Front cover Made From Scratch book

Book Excerpt: How to Start and Operate a Successful Container Plant Business

The book Made From Scratch: How to Start and Operate a Successful Container Plant Business by Louise Placek serves as a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for those interested in learning how best to create and organize their container plant business. Chapters include topics such as greenhouses, botany basics, disease and pest management, marketing, handling employees and […]

Tuning in to Nature by Philip S. Callahan

Book of the Week: Tuning in to Nature

By Philip S. Callahan Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Acres U.S.A. book, Tuning In To Nature: Infrared Radiation and the Insect Communication System, by Philip S. Callahan. Copyright 2001, softcover, 264 pages. Regular price: $25.00. Tuning in to Nature was written in 1975 as a direct result of an experience I had shortly […]

A fall mixed cover the author grew after rye was harvested. He used the cover crop to
capture nutrients in a biological form and to cycle nutrients to get more minerals into the
following cash crop.

Minerals for Healthy Soil & High-Quality, Top Yields

It’s a new century, and there is more knowledge about farming and the role of minerals, and there are more farmers paying attention to it. When it comes to farming, we know what the “base” is: putting all the pieces together including minerals, biology and soil structure — and using crop fertilizers that provide above […]

Brendon Rockey

Tractor Time Episode 17: Brendon Rockey, Potato Farmer and Speaker on Biodiversity

This episode’s guest is Brendon Rockey, a third-generation Colorado potato farmer. He talks to us about how he manages his farm and his potatoes a little differently than the rest of the world.

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Diatomaceous Earth for Pest Control

There is an ongoing circulation of bad, misinformed, incomplete, and overall biased information regarding diatomaceous earth. This article is intended to bring to light much of the research (peer-reviewed articles and government regulation) surrounding DE and the potential dangers of its contents in a way that people can understand. Many of the websites that list […]