Gardening Through the Year! Boy, is it dark out there and cold! What is a gardener to do when there is no light, the ground is frozen, snow covers everything and the tools are put away. Thankfully, there is so much more to gardening than the physical work of planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. Also fortunately, all the rest is perfectly suited to the winter months.
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In February 2016, a study was published by Purdue University following an analysis of genetically modified crops (GMOs) in the global agriculture industry. They found that, “18 million farmers in 28 countries planted about 181 million hectares of GMO crops in 2014, with about 40 percent of that in the United States.” (Wallheimer). In 2015, for the first time since commercially grown GMOs [...]
Mushrooms are fascinating organisms that deserve the attention of more farmers and gardeners. Growing mushrooms is a good idea for multiple reasons, and can be done in a few different ways – though it also poses some challenges.
Gardening Through the Year! It was a beautiful November day today. It was sunny, about 50 with little wind. I had been wanting to get out into the garden for days, but it was chilly, windy and cloudy and there was too much going on in other areas of my life. So what does a gardener do in November? Harvest, plant, transplant, cover, uncover, clean up and compost. There are new [...]
Bees vary greatly between species and families. Those distinctions mean a lot when it comes to market farms and flower farms. Yet many farms rely on honey bees foregoing the benefits that come with more specialized bees.
This large, orange fruit (yes- fruit!) is typically associated with autumn and the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. Pumpkins always remind me of cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and time with family and friends. Not only are pumpkins a fall staple in the United States, but they are also full of nutrients and are being used as flavoring in more and more food products. Read more to [...]
According to one of its founders, Bill Mollison, permaculture is “a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”1 But what does that mean, precisely?
Carrots have always been my favorite food because they are versatile and an easy, on-the-go snack. Not only do I love munching on carrots and hummus, but this vegetable also provides my body with essential nutrients to keep me healthy. Here’s why I think carrots are the ultimate super food, and maybe you should too!
There's not a small farmer or market grower in the country who hasn't heard of the booming farm-to-table movement, but that doesn't mean everyone feels equally comfortable diving into the world of selling directly to restaurants. It's true, contacting restaurants with Michelin stars and month-long waiting lists for reservations is intimidating to someone who only has experience selling [...]
Farm families know how to keep it together. They work hard, play hard and have fun in the process. Unfortunately, it's getting harder and harder to keep kids on the farm because of increased regulatory requirements, input costs and competition from foreign markets. Combined with the attitude many children pick up from their peers in school, it can make it really difficult to get and keep [...]