pest management


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

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

Lost and found orcharding

By Renee Ciulla Every region in New Hampshire and throughout the world has their noted heirloom apple varieties. These are the fruits that thrived relatively well in a given location providing consistent yields, tolerance of pests and disease and, most … Continued

From dairy to cranberry

By Amanda Kimble-Evans Ruesch Century Farm (www.organic-cranberries.com) has more than one claim to fame. They’re a 131-year old family farm that has seen four generations working the land, they were the first certified organic cranberry farm in Wisconsin, and they hand-rake … Continued

Smoothing the path to a profitable harvest home

By Mary-Howell Martens (with Klaas’ help), Lakeview Organic Grain Originally posted on September 28, 2004 Standing out in your field, surrounded by those amber waves of grain or rustling corn stalks, it is hard to imagine that the value of … Continued

A future for organic apple growing in the Northeast

By Laura Sayre Originally posted on May 11, 2004 The USDA Economic Research Service tells us that in 2001 (the most recent year for which totals are available) there were 12,189 acres of certified organic apple orchards nationwide, up from … Continued