Farming Discussion

Runoff from harmful algal blooms

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
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E coli sample in romaine lettuce

How Can Farmers Deal With the CDC’s Romaine Lettuce Safety Alert?

It is happening again. For the second time since April or May, the CDC issued a nationwide safety alert regarding Romaine Lettuce. Once again, the problem associated with that particular type
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Part II – What to Expect When Going No-till

Welcome to Part II of This Series on No-till Farming. We left off discussing the relationship of the land, what it produces, and the consumers who buy the end product.
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No till soil sample

What is No-Till Farming?

By David Stillwell No-till farming is just as the name describes it is farming without tilling the ground. The system goes a bit deeper and is very much at odds
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Two plants: Cannabis and Barley have very different growing procedures. In this picture barley is growing in natural sunlight while cannabis grows inside in artificial light

The Very Different Approaches in Barley and Cannabis Cultivation

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 environmental conditions.
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Students studying details during permaculture workshop

What is Permaculture?

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?
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