New discovery may benefit farmers worldwide

Posted on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 by

Finger millet field. University of Guelph plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of subsistence farmers and livestock in developing countries. Their discovery may also point the way toward a natural […]

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Green beans – why pulses are the eco-friendly option for feeding and saving the world

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 by

Green beans: why pulses are the eco-friendly option for feeding – and saving – the world by Caroline Wood and Wayne Martindale, 17.8.16, posted on The Conversation We all know the score: current trends predict there will be 9.7 billion mouths to feed by 2050. Producing enough food without using more land, exacerbating climate change […]

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Silvopasture: Adding a Little Forest to the Farm

Posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by

Hezekiah and Francis Gibson’s non-profit organization, United Farmers USA works with NRCS staff to help other small farmers succeed through a wide range of outreach and technical assistance, educational programs and resources. Lifelong farmer Hezekiah Gibson, and his wife Frances, farm 1,200 acres in Manning, South Carolina. They have been working with USDA’s […]

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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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These 2 projects are exploring the potential of underwater farming

Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by

By JURICA DUJMOVIC The world’s population is constantly growing, and with it the demand for water, shelter, better quality of life — and, above all, food. We consume so much of it that all the farmland required to feed humanity would create an area almost the size of North America if put together. Farming creates […]

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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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Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC’s First Commercial Farm in a Residential Development

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by

The farmer-in-residence is Zaro Bates, and she’s a 26-year-old from Brooklyn who is running the 4,500-square foot commercial farm built above an underground parking garage. Bates, with the help of her husband and business partner, Asher Landes, 29, who manages the complex’s apiary, are in the midst of their first growing season that’s already produced thousands of pounds […]

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This Farm In A Box Can Help Feed Your Community

Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2016 by

‘Farm From A Box’ is a storage unit containing everything you need to grow and sustain a 2-acre farm, making it easy to provide for your community, teach children about plants and nature and even for starting your own farming business.

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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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This giant floating farm could produce almost 10 tonnes of food each year

Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by

Architects in Spain have designed a three-storey floating farm that would help produce nearly 10 tonnes of extra food for Earth’s growing population each year, without taking up any land or fresh water. The solar-powered farm would include massive hydroponic farms, watered by desalinated seawater, and a fish farm below, making the entire system […]

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