organic farming


Time to change the food safety debate

By Roland McReynolds, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Executive Director The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published proposed rules to govern the production of raw produce and the processing of most value-added foods on January 4, 2013. FDA issued these … Continued

Training in organic farming for vets and non-vets alike

By Pamela Macey Delaware Valley College (Del Val) and Rodale Institute have created a 36-credit certificate program aimed specifically at military veterans, but open to anyone interested in organic agriculture. The one-year curriculum will combine classroom courses on animal science, … Continued

Made in the USA: Organic cotton

By Victoria Bouloubasis With chickens grazing by his feet, Eric Henry, president of TS Designs, lifts a branch of organic cotton just plucked from the backyard garden of his T-shirt printing business. As if picked from the sky, the puffs … Continued

Not all compost is created equal

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com Just as the statement “milk is milk” is patently not true, so is the idea that all compost is created equal. Dictionaries and encyclopedias simply define compost as “rotted organic matter made … Continued

Antibiotic apples

Concern over antibiotics in organic apples raises serious doubts for consumers, but is anyone telling the whole story? Our orchardist hasn’t had to use antibiotics on our apple trees here at Rodale Institute, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t consider … Continued

Mesophyllic fertilizer and soil culturing

By Kevin Meehan, owner Turtle Run Farm and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association member Every year, all the local organic farmers meet for the split up of the feather meal truck in Pittsboro, NC, go home and dump the stuff on … Continued