This is the story of Sara Patterson, an energetic nineteen-year-old who has been farming in rural Utah for five years. She sells fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, and eggs, all of which she raises. Hers is the story of a small family farm, a community supported agriculture farm, and how it can fit into today's world.Read More
In part one of this two part series, we discussed Agribon™, a row cover that shields plants from frost, wind, and insects. In part two we will discuss greenhouses and high tunnels, economical structures that can add to the bottom line (or feed a gardener's addiction) by allowing four season crop production in most climates.Read More
You've spent all spring and summer, planting, weeding, watering, feeding, and nurturing the plants in your field or garden. Now an early frost threatens to wipe out all that invested time and money. So what do you do?Read More
Recently I was reading an article in the Mother Earth News and came across one of those statements that forever change one's world view: "A white fungal network called hyphae, not plant roots, is the principal structure for the uptake of many important nutrients in the plant kingdom." If that hits you like it did me, take a moment for it to sink before reading on.Read More
As farmers and gardeners we are always searching for ways to make our soils better, richer, and more productive. Biochar is an inexpensive, lightweight, and readily available product that is easy to incorporate into vegetable beds, landscape areas, and orchards. Besides an amazing capacity to sequester up to three times its own weight in carbon (possibly for millennia), biochar helps the soil's ability to retain water, improves the condition of hard setting soils, increases microbial activity, stimulates mycorrhizal fungi, and enhances the absorption of nitrogen fertilizers. All of which means you can expect to drastically augment plant growth in your backyard while doing your bit to save the planet!Read More
Whether you've run out of gardening space, or have seen one and just think they're plain cool, you may have toyed with the idea of creating some form of vertical gardening. Perform a web search on the term and you'll find examples of all kinds of vertical gardening from across the country and around the world. That's because vertical gardens are an ideal opportunity to think outside the planter box. In other words, anything goes, so long as it goes up.