Biodynamic farming is on the rise – but how effective is this alternative agricultural practice?

Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 by

When John Chester, a filmmaker from California, quit his job to become a farmer, he didn’t do it out of a desire to “feed the world”. Instead, he says: “I’m trying to feed my neighbors – and if everyone did that, we would be able to replicate this.” He is referring to Apricot Lane […]

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Grazing along

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

Written by Paula Combs, PEC Published: 06 June 2016   A large herd of fluffy, yet still intimidating, sheep run full speed through a gate as they’re rotated to an alternate pasture at Over Jordan Farm in Flint Hill, Va. “I don’t use herding dogs. The animals are trained to come to me and follow me,” […]

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Good Grazing Makes for Healthy Pastures, People, and Planet

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

In her new book, The Art of Science and Grazing, nationally known grazing consultant Sarah Flack identifies the key principles and practices necessary for farmers to design, and manage, successful grazing systems. This book is an essential guide for ruminant farmers who want to crate grazing systems that meet the needs of their livestock, pasture […]

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Farmers and ranchers making a difference

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

Farmers and ranchers across the country are working to fight climate change and clean our air, protect drinking water, provide habitat for wildlife and keep our agricultural lands sustainable for the future. SAFE DRINKING WATER  Tom Hutson, New York  Millions of New York City residents have clean drinking  water, thanks to help from healthy farms […]

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Looking to the Earth Itself as a Climate Solution

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by

The agriculture industry is beginning to consider soil’s ability to capture and store carbon, a potential climate-saver long overlooked. “Attention to soil health is gaining momentum out of frustration with our inability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at an economy-wide scale,” said Thomas Driscoll, director of conservation policy and education for the National Farmers Union, […]

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15 Ways Urban Farming Can Revitalize a Neighborhood—and Help Farmers Too

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by

What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops? That’s the crux of Michael Ableman’s Urban Food Manifesto, which has been ten years in the […]

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“Grass, Soil, Hope.”

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by

When Gabe Brown and his wife bought their farm near Bismarck, North Dakota, from her parents in 1991, testing found the soil badly depleted, its carbon down to just a quarter of levels once considered natural in the area. Today the Brown farm and ranch is home to a diverse and thriving mix of plants […]

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Awesome 5-Minute Video Urges Young People to Start a Farming Revolution

Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by

“Sometimes, you think ‘oh everyone is getting into farming, it’s the cool thing to do now.’ But actually that’s not true at all. No one’s getting into farming,” says one of the young farmers in the video below. Despite how trendy eating locally has become and despite the rise in the number of farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture and urban farming […]

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Top Soil Could Be Gone In 60 Years If Degradation Continues, UN Official Warns

Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by

Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said on Friday. About a third of the world’s soil has already been degraded, Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) […]

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A Farm For The Future

Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key. With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. […]

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