Scaling up conservation agriculture in Zambia

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

When we harvest maize, we leave the stalks in the field. Parts of these stalks are eaten by the livestock. The fibrous part which is not eaten by the animals adds nutrients to the soil but, at the same time, when it rains, the stalks, used as mulch,help the soil to retain its moisture. Christopher […]

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Our waste could help reverse climate change

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by

If California funds new composting facilities, more cities could divert waste, more farmers and ranchers would have access to compost and more rangeland could be covered. (Courtesy photo) By Robyn Purchia on August 31, 2016 A few years ago, on a ranch in the small Marin town of Nicasio, a series of events led […]

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What we can learn from San Francisco : recycling,composting and zero waste

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by

BY JOCELYN MERCADO March 28, 2016 The people living and working in San Francisco demonstrate a clear dedication to helping the environment. Public transportation is quite popular with people from all economic levels. Vegan and vegetarian restaurants abound. Every Sunday, there is a farmer’s market that stretches for blocks and blocks, offering organic produce for lower […]

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Helping Farmers Expand Composting in the County

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by

Did you know that food scraps account for approximately 23% of the County’s overall waste stream? And did you know that there are new state standards that allow farmers to use food scraps to make compost? That’s o.k. if you didn’t know…most County residents, and many farmers, don’t know about this new opportunity to use food […]

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Reducing the Impact of Wasted Food by Feeding the Soil and Composting

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by

Composting is the fifth tier of EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy. Even when all actions have been taken to use your wasted food, certain inedible parts will still remain and can be turned into compost to feed and nourish the soil. Like yard waste, food waste scraps can also be composted. Composting these wastes creates […]

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A Boon for Soil, and for the Environment

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 by

By Beth Gardiner May17, 2016 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 […]

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‘Ecological intensification’ swaps pesticides for biodiversity

Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 by

While farmers often turn to pesticides and herbicides to get as much produce as possible from their land, there’s something new on the menu that could employ nature’s own resources instead. Intensive agriculture aims to achieve the highest yield at the lowest cost possible. It’s a resource-heavy practice and can cause biodiversity loss, soil degradation, […]

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Fighting Climate Change From the Ground Up

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 by

Climate delegates from around the globe have converged on the COP22 Village in Marrakech, Morocco, to hammer out the details of implementing the Paris Agreement. We already know that nations’ Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, as they stand now, will not be enough to meet the goals of the agreement, and it’s widely accepted that, […]

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Mark Shepard on Restoration Agriculture

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 by

One of the world’s foremost authorities on restoration agriculture, Mark Shepard is happy that its popularity is growing but worries that its systemic nature is being misunderstood or “much degraded.” Restoration agriculture calls for the re-imagination of agriculture in which perennial systems replace annual plantings and harvests that expire in one season and leave nothing […]

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Africans Are Saving Their Own Soil

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 by

An archaeologist stumbles on a hidden farming practice that’s been passed down through generations. Here’s how it works. For hundreds of years, parts of sub-Saharan Africa have suffered from poor soil. Weather, shifting populations, and slash-and-burn practices have left wide swaths of land relatively useless for growing food without major commercial intervention. But that’s not […]

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