Growing Food and Flowers Blog

The Effects of Fertilizer Runoff

Fertilizer Use Revolutionized Food Production Have you ever wondered why so many people are concerned about the use of fertilizer in agriculture and the impact of field runoff on the environment?  Let’s talk about it for a minute. The use of fertilizer in agricultural practices revolutionized food production and helped to build modern society as […]

Have you Heard about Hydroponic Lettuce Farming?

Soilless Cultivation Practice Hydroponic lettuce farming is a soilless cultivation practice that uses water and dissolved nutrient salts to grow plants. Here at Umass Hydroponics romaine lettuce is grown on 4×8 foot tables, where it floats on foam rafts. Lifting the lettuce rafts out of the water reveals a vast web of healthy white roots essential […]

Life Beneath the Soil

For the market farmer, soil health is critically important. The soil is a generic term for the upper layer of the Earth’s crust. In fact, there are six soil layers that impact market farming and even big Ag via the life within the soil, the overall soil health, and the relationship therein. Inside we discuss […]

What Plant Propagation Methods Fit Your Needs?

Easy Propagation by Division Since some plants have trouble reproducing on their own, humans have created plant propagation methods to help aid in asexual reproduction. The first main type of propagation that is the simplest to perform is division. It pretty much is as easy as it sounds. Division is a method where the plant […]

What Are the Requirements for Organic Certification?

By Susan Beal As people worldwide understand the importance of taking control of their health, they are also taking control of their eating habits, and that is one factor that contributes to the demand for organic certification of food products. The growing demand for organic produce is one of the driving forces behind the surge […]

Selling to Chefs: Overcoming the Logistic Challenges

By Adrienne Cohen Whether you call it farm to table, locally sourced food, or a hyper-local food revolution, today’s hot trend is toward buying ingredients that are produced closer to the point of consumption. We have seen the growth of craft beers and local wineries, the explosion in popularity of local farmers markets and regionally-produced cheeses, […]

Are All Sweet Potatoes “GMOs”?

Are you growing, buying, or eating “GMO” sweet potatoes? How do you know? Over the past few decades, advances in the field of genetic engineering have occurred alongside increasing public awareness of, and a variety of reactions to, the presence of genetically engineered crops and ingredients in our food systems. If you’re someone who grows […]

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