Av Singh, PhD, PAg, is the Organic and Rural Infrastructure Specialist with AgraPoint in Nova Scotia and is available for comment or question at 902-896-0277 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reversing climate change and reducing world hunger seem to be rather lofty goals for a type of soil, but the authors of Terra Preta make strong arguments to turn to ancestral traditional knowledge as a way out of our current environmental and social problems.
All too often when farmers start talking weeds, a common first question is “How do I get rid of a bad case of…?”, when a more appropriate question is “I wonder why my field has a bad case of…?”.
This article will highlight common problems and propose general practices to combat not only the symptom (insect infestation) but to address the root cause.
The three ‘R’s–reduce, reuse, and recycle–can serve as a lens to help organic farmers “take-back” fertility.
Organic pest management is more about prevention than reaction; systems are designed to avoid problems. This works well for apple growers who are starting their orchards from scratch. However, many organic apple producers have transitioned from conventional production and are somewhat bound by previous farming decisions. That being said, organic researchers are taking a holistic approach to dealing with weeds, pests and fungal diseases.
Why your values are the new value-added. How to save the family farm? With narrowing profit margins and a more discriminating consumer dollar, the typical agricultural bureaucrat’s pat answer would be to “value-add.”
There’s an old adage, “the best fertilizer is a farmer’s footsteps.” Taken simply, this suggests that farmers need to get off their tractors and walk about their fields. At a deeper level, the adage speaks of a time in which the farmer and the land were intimately connected.
Over thirty years ago, University of Vermont professor Bill Murphy wrote a book, Greener Pastures on Your Side of the Fence: Better Farming with Voisin Grazing Management, which served as the grazier’s Bible as they journeyed through grass-based livestock production.
And how they extend their marketing season As more and more consumers become ‘foodies’ and are better aware of organic and local, a great distress arises as Indian summer fades, farmers’ markets close and our CSA boxes stop delivery – What do we do now?
Most urban centres have bylaws restricting access to ‘agricultural livestock’ leaving some gardeners trying to sneak a hen or two into their basements. Without question, the most productive and prolific of livestock is one that all urban gardeners and rural farmers need to appreciate more—the ‘lowly’ earthworm.