When you start growing for market, you only need to worry about growing good farm products and finding customers to buy them, right? Unfortunately, in today's legal world, there are a wide range of requirements you'll need to meet as a market gardener. Some of these issues cover public health; others tie into specific regulations while others cover liability if someone comes to your farm and [...]
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Gardening Through the Year! Once upon a time there was a lawn, green and lush, well fertilized and safe from broad leaf intruders. In the spring, as the days grew longer it began to grow longer, too. When the mower approached there was something very wrong, the blades were set low, way too low. Next a sprinkling of some unfamiliar grainy stuff. What was going on?
It should come as no surprise that the utilization of GMOs is among the most polarized topics in American politics today. This heated debate is absolutely justified as, “Estimates suggest that as much as 80% of U.S. processed food may contain an ingredient from a GE crop, such as corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, corn oil, canola oil, soybean oil, soy flour, soy lecithin, or cottonseed [...]
Unless you live in Southern California, Florida, or other parts of the Deep South, winter is likely a fallow time with few viable crops and little income on the farm. While some farmers may use the time for vacationing, most market growers are operating on a tight enough budget that they need to do as much productive work as possible during the down season. Winter is the ideal time for [...]
Gardening Through the Year! It is time again for New Year’s Resolutions. Lose weight. Become more self-sufficient. Spend less money on food. Get outside more. Spend more time in family activities. Exercise more. Learn something new. Have fun. Improve your nutrition. ..
There are few endowments among the human race that are as fundamental to our rise in global presence and ongoing existence as our agricultural aptitude. We quickly learned that the cultivation of field crops and livestock was far superior to the primitive nomadic lifestyle we had been living.
In the famous words of Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from a cornfield.” This statement is both metaphorically spot-on and decidedly humbling as I sit in my office clicking away on the keyboard. The truth is that farming is anything but simple. For starters, every crop is unique in its ability to acclimate to various [...]
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.
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.