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Category Archives: Friday’s Farm Fact

Organic Farming Improves Soil Quality, Ensures Sustainability

Most people know that organic farming methods improve the quality of their food. But did you know that it actually improves the quality of the earth’s soil too? Soil quality is affected by food, fiber, and feed production, and it’s directly linked to pollution, energy use, and global warming. The quality of soil around the […]

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How Many Pesticides Have you Consumed Today?

When most people think of pesticides, they envision large-scale agricultural operations spraying chemicals onto crops. However, pesticides are used in our homes, our schools, our offices, our highways, and our forests. It’s practically impossible to hide from every can of bug spray, every lawn that’s been fertilized, and every field that’s been crop dusted. Pesticides […]

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Training the Next Generation of Organic Farmers

Undoubtedly, the future of agriculture will depend upon organic farming. And the future of the world will depend upon our children and grandchildren. So what are we doing today to train the next generation of organic farmers for tomorrow? America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, Organic Valley, recently organized its first Generation Organic Teach-In. Through the program, young organic […]

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Tips for Growing Organic Fruit

As you browse the produce section of your local grocery store, you’re faced with a decision: organic or inorganic. Commercially-produced and chemically-treated fruit is filled with preservatives to make it last longer and coated with a thin layer of wax to make it look nicer. Some consumers are turned off by the minor cosmetic flaws […]

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Earthworms: From Squeamish to Sustainable

Whether they’re crawling in the yard after a rainstorm or hanging from the end of a fishing pole, many people get squeamish at the sight of earthworms. However, the wiggly critters are one of an organic farmer’s best friends. The process of composting with earthworms to create a mixture of decomposing food waste and bedding […]

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Organic Crop Yields: Do They Measure Up?

For environmental conservationists and healthy naturalists, organic farming has been the answer to the world’s agricultural crisis. It’s common knowledge that pesticides, fertilizers, and antibiotics affect our food and our land, but how does organic farming measure up when it comes to production? A 2012 metastudy in the international science journal, Nature, aimed to answer […]

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Organic Farming: Less Energy, Less Waste!

Most people have heard that organically-grown foods are healthier, but did you know that they conserve the environment too? According to Cornell University ecology and agriculture professor, David Pimentel, “Organic farming approaches for these crops [corn and soybeans] not only use an average of 30 percent less fossil energy but also conserve more water in […]

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Organic Farming Around the World

The basic principles of original farming that were practiced for thousands of years are now considered to be “organic farming” because no inorganic methods were known at the time. Forest gardening, which dates back to prehistoric times, is a fully organic food production system that is low-maintenance, sustainable, and widely successful in tropical areas. By […]

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Balancing Soil pH in Organic Farming 

A farmer’s job is to feed the world, and in doing so he must test the resilience of our planet’s natural resources. To fulfill one of the many requirements for a certified organic farm, organic farmers must establish plans to not only use the soil, but to improve it for the future as well. Organic […]

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Friday Farm Fact: Irrigating in a Desert

Farming in the desert might seem impossible and impractical if you aren’t entirely familiar with your agricultural history. Modern desert farming almost entirely relies on irrigation strategies, and there are a few different types of irrigation that have proven successful in arid climates. However, Native Americans in the Sonoran Desert have historically found ways to […]

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