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Black plastic alternatives: Fertility, variety, seasonality

By Eric Winter, Rodale Institute Seasonal Research Technician This is year two of the three-year Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant that is investigating alternatives to black plastic. Since the end of year one (see the article Black Plastic … Continued

A Complete How-To: On-farm AM fungus inoculum production

By Molly Lohman, Christine Ziegler-Ulsh and David Douds Originally published December 8, 2010 For the last 8 years, The Rodale Institute has partnered with the USDA-ARS to pioneer an On-Farm AM Fungus Inoculum Production System; a system which would make the economic … Continued

(Almost) never too late to plant hairy vetch

By Genevieve Slocum with Dave Wilson Originally posted February 5, 2009 As a research intern at the Rodale Institute in 2006, I was lucky to be part of a dormant seeding trial using, creatively, the winter annual cover crop hairy … Continued

Small is beautiful…and profitable

By Dan Sullivan Originally posted on June 8, 2006 In the shadows of towering twin 5-million-gallon checkerboard-painted water tanks supplying the modest northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Somerton, a miracle is taking place. Here lies Somerton Tanks Farm, an experiment in … Continued

Cultivating diversity underground for better yields above

By Laura Sayre Originally posted on September 29, 2003 You’ve read the amazing facts and figures: one teaspoon of healthy topsoil can contain millions of individual microorganisms, all playing a part in the functioning of the soil ecosystem. But how … Continued