farming


Digging into Spring

By Caroline Hampton Spring has sprung here in the North Carolina mountains. Most of March was spent holed up in the greenhouse, listening to episodes of Radiolab while seeding trays. My brassicas–cabbage, collards, kale, broccoli–have finally left the greenhouse. I … Continued

Transition to Organic: Pest and disease management

Conventional agricultural systems increase food production per acre but can deplete natural resources and degrade crop and environmental health. By implementing organic farming as an alternative production system, growers may substitute cultural and biological inputs for synthetically-made chemicals and fertilizers … Continued

Bringing the dirt to your doorstep: Weed Management

For a generation of farmers raised on the idea that herbicides were the ultimate solution to weeds, creeping levels of resistance to chemical control opens the post-chemical chapter in weed management. Herbicide resistant “superweeds” have been identified on 14 million … Continued

Crossover technologies for soil health

Organic growers have historically had to rely on the surrounding soil and ecosystem biology to support their crops since the chemistry of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers were unavailable. But every farm can benefit from improved soil health and reduced costs. … Continued

Young farmer gets land and gets started

Caroline Hampton has been farming for four years, but 2014 will be the first year she’s has her own piece of land. Leasing from the F.I.G Project (Farm Incubator and Grower Project) in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, Caroline is looking … Continued

Improved compost management for certified organic operations

Outcomes from current standard composting processes can range from high quality composts (rich in carbon, nitrogen, and healthy biota) to simple organic material (rich in carbon but low in nitrogen and biota) to noxious, harmful failures, depending on the input … Continued