Fall is the season for grape harvesting in Baja California. We have been fortunate this year that we have not had to deal with insect attacks and infestations nor very hot dry weather, as was the case during the summer of 2015. As a result, the grapes are ripening and almost ready to harvest. This…
Category: Friday’s Farm Fact
Curing Common Nutrient Deficiencies in your garden or on our farm
Whether you operate a large commercial farm or a small backyard garden, nutrient deficiencies can happen with both organic farming and commercial agriculture. To produce healthy yields, it is important to understand which nutrient deficiencies are common in organic crops and how to cure them.
How Wildlife Gardens Can Save Animal Habitats
A wildlife garden is a growing space designed to attract a variety of animal habitats to minimize the need for maintenance and human intervention. Because wildlife gardening promotes biodiversity and aids natural pest control, many organic farmers incorporate these techniques to larger plots of agricultural land.
How Will the New FDA Food Safety Rules Impact America’s Organic Farms?
Organic farmers across the country have been worried about how new food safety rules by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will affect their agricultural businesses. Critics say the proposed rules go too far, essentially spelling the end of organic and sustainable farming as we know it in America.
The Dilemma of the Aging Organic Farmer
There’s a national emergency in organic farming today, and it has nothing to do with pest control, food supply, or consumer demand. The country’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful organic farmers have reached their golden years, and they’re worried about who will manage their farms in the future.
How To Eat Organic Foods on a Budget
There’s a common misconception that organic foods are always more expensive and difficult to fit into the average grocery budget. However, many savvy consumers have found ways to cut toxins and hormones out of their diets without breaking the bank.
What To Know About the European Union’s New Organic Food Rules
The organic farming industry has been booming throughout the European Union (EU), which has prompted the governing body to reassess organic rules and policies in the region. The European Commission says that the region’s organic market has quadrupled in size during the past decade, so rules need to be updated and adjusted to accommodate future developments and challenges.
Organic Farming Holds Promise for Impoverished Southeastern U.S. Region
The current goal is to build an operational network of 11,000 organic farms in the Black Belt throughout Alabama and Georgia. Not only will accomplishing this goal supply local residents with safe, healthy foods, but it will also create jobs by enabling residents to become independent entrepreneurs with small tracts of land.
Organic Farming: Agriculture’s Answer to Climate Change
You can’t flip on the news these days without hearing about the devastating effects of climate change. Glaciers are melting, natural disasters are becoming more frequent, and wildlife species are losing their habitats every year. Not only does climate change affect these aspects of our environment, but it also threatens the world’s food supply. Long-term…
What Is Permaculture and How Does It Apply To Organic Farming?
By definition, permaculture is a design system, inspired by nature and based on environmental ethics, that helps man coexist with the earth in sustainable ways. The word, which was derived from “permanent agriculture” and “permanent culture,” was coined by a young Australian ecologist, David Holmgren, in the mid-1970s. 12 Core Principles of Permaculture Observe and…