by guest blogger Susan Sink, vice president of development and external affairs for the American Farmland Trust We all have seen it: endless miles of malls, parking lots, and red lights in a world scaled for bulldozers and cars but not humanity. The sprawl of unchecked development eating into the fertile lands closest to our […]
Tag Archives | Organic Gardening
by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. When it comes to growing food, it takes a village. But not the kind of village you might think. Communities of bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and other microorganisms are the villagers that truly affect how our plants grow. It’s these micro-villagers that gardeners, farmers, and landscape professionals should be focused on luring onto, and into, our land.
by guest blogger Robyn Jasko. Beautiful to grow and easy to harvest grains: More and more gardeners are discovering just how easy it is to grow sustainable, GMO-free grains at home.
By guest blogger Robyn Jasko. Instead of buying transplants this year, you can save a ton of money by growing your own tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, kale, lettuce, and herbs, and more from vegetable starts—for just the price of a packet of seeds and soil. Here are a few simple ways to grow your own seedlings without buying expensive seed-starting setups or kits.
by guest blogger Tim Mountz. rowing things takes time and patience—some seeds can take years to germinate, some soils take years to build up. Compost does not happen in a day. This is why I like the company of gardeners and farmers, not just for the humility that dirty fingernails brings, but also because they are just about the last people on earth who have patience in this ever-faster spinning world.
By guest blogger Heather Mattila. Honeybees are far and away the most important pollinator in today’s agricultural landscape. They pollinate more than 400 crops worldwide, help to create about a third of the food we eat, and contribute an estimated $12 billion to our nation’s food supply. But where do they go in winter? The answer might surprise you!
by guest bloggers from the EPA’s WaterSense program. This summer’s heat wave is expected to result in a serious spike in the amount of water being used outdoors. And if steps aren’t taken to make water use more efficient, communities will face major challenges managing droughts and depletion of freshwater resources. Here are the top 8 tips to save water this summer:
by guest blogger Alberto Gonzalez. Hatching chicks from eggs, growing kale, and making homemade vanilla ice cream with only five ingredients. I’m not talking about life on a bucolic farm, or a culinary studies program for potential farm-to-table chefs—this is what’s going on at a public school in New York City.
Raised on America’s first organic farm, Scratch author Maria Rodale learned how to make everyday favorites from, yes, scratch — the way you remember them; the way they turn out best.Order Now