Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens


100 ideas for improving yield and income

By Mary-Howell Martens (with Klaas’ help!), Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on January 12, 2004 After a delightful Christmas visit with family in North Carolina, we drove north past Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, with red clay furrows in fall-plowed fields. As … Continued

Why making organic the norm is important

Klaas responds to a question about last month’s column, Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on December 16, 2003 From the Dakotas to the Texas Panhandle, the rural Great Plains has been losing people for 70 years, a slow demographic collapse. … Continued

Create a line-up that ensures healthy soil and earns a profit

By Mary-Howell Martens (with Klaas’ help!), Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on March 8, 2003 Back in the mid 1980’s, when I was working in the grape breeding program at Cornell University, I spent many weekends doing volunteer promotions for … Continued

February: Being self-sufficient starts with the food on our table, but it doesn’t end there

By Mary-Howell Martens (with Klaas’ help!), Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on February 10, 2003 A favorite activity in February is to study the hatchery catalogs and dream about summertime flocks. I guess I’ve planted enough vegetable gardens over the … Continued