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Nutrient management in organic no-till systems

by Dr. Gladis Zinati No-till management is generally recognized for its potential to improve soil quality, significantly reduce runoff and erosion, sequester atmospheric CO2, increase nitrogen conservation, as well as reduce  machinery, labor and fuel costs. However conventional no-till relies … Continued

Great Expectations: A story of an organic odyssey

By Melody Meyer, Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations, United Natural Foods Incorporated (UNFI) It’s been nearly 37 years since I was first introduced to organic foods at a co-op in Iowa. Up until then, I’d lived almost exclusively … Continued

Recipe for great growth

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com When it comes to growing food, it takes a village. But not the kind of village you might think. While inviting friends and neighbors over to help plant in the spring, harvest … Continued

Harvesting cash (and biodiversity) from marginal land

By Amanda Kimble-Evans What to do with marginal land on a farm is a question organic and sustainable growers are almost forced to address when creating their farm plans. Letting marginal land revert to native and wild areas can increase … 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

Why Organic?

By Coach Mark Smallwood Originally appeared at www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com The latest media buzz over organic foods is a bit of a non-event here at the Rodale Institute. The Stanford study asks the question, “Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier than Conventional … Continued