The modified climate inside high tunnels creates an opportunity to diversify, producing crops that would not succeed if grown unprotected in the Canadian climate. By protecting crops from weather, pests and disease, high tunnels can help organic growers produce more types of top quality fruits and vegetables with viable yields.
Santropol Roulant’s meals-on-wheels program, servicing mobility-restricted individuals, has reached a beautiful level of integration now that they've added an organic farm operation to supply vegetables for their program. The farm fulfills the organization’s social mission and supports the development of aspiring young farmers, generating sustainable returns on small plots of land.
More than half the seafood we eat on this planet is farm-raised. As a result, aquaculture is an enormous, growing industry that must define and use the best possible management methods possible, in order to protect the environment. Organic aquaculture is a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of the aquatic ecosystem.
Can you make a living selling fresh produce, opening a "pick your own" or selling fruit trees? Steve Leroux, aka the "Tree Hustler" has some answers.
Microgreens are on the rise and organic growers are taking note. Ashley Driscoll and John Irving, owners of 2 Friends Farm, explain how to successfully grow microgreens.
AMF are amazing – In many ways, AMF are keystone species for both managed and natural systems. These invisible plant symbionts are responsible for so many ecosystem services: beyond increasing biomass of their hosts, AMF can reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and make crops more drought-tolerant.
Jean Beaudet, Linda Labrecque and their son Antoine Beaudet raise Holstein and Brown Swiss dairy cows on their certified organic farm in Leclercville, QC. Their objective is to grow the best forage possible in order to feed the cows economically and promote the best animal health possible.
Fascinated by his farmland’s transformation during his transition to organic practices, Blain wanted to know whether his observations could be backed by data. With the help of Peter Donovan from the Soil Carbon Coalition, he uses Google LandSat composite images to identify how well his land is capturing solar energy.
Hartman speaks eloquently on his desire to maximize efficiency on his farm in order to achieve more time for family, a better return per acre, and a higher rate of dollars per hour without compromising the values of a small-scale grower.
In a market flush with green washing, staking a position and definition around “ethical” meat can be a challenge. This book aims to help farmers make a successful entry or transition to producing and marketing ethical meat.