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Book Reflection: Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin (Part II)

From Part I: Growing, processing, and marketing the food items all in a single region mitigate many of those secondary issues, organic or not. It’s also worth mentioning that labels require hefty fees for each individual product to the government for licensing—fees that your small-scale organic farmer cannot pay for. Part II Do you want to … Continue reading Book Reflection: Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin (Part II)

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Book Reflection: Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin (Part I)

Part I Caution: "Folks, This Ain't Normal" is a thought-provoker. If you are not intellectually qualified to discern fact from ideology and integrate that information into your brain without barfing it out because it challenges conceptions made from incomplete knowledge or pre-existing ideological leanings, you will likely flounder in this book. This is a playful … Continue reading Book Reflection: Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin (Part I)

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Agrobacterium and Sweet Potato Ecological Relationship

A friend of mine came across a fun article on a National Public Radio blog on transgenic organisms (genetic combination of two or more organisms that don't naturally breed) cultivated for thousands of years. Scientists have found that many variations of sweet potato, now grown all over the world, have an relationship with a class of … Continue reading Agrobacterium and Sweet Potato Ecological Relationship

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Book Reflection: Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery (Part II)

Book Review Part I here. Conveniently for me, I had finished Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery, a professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, shortly before The New York Times published a relevant article, "Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil". This article on modern no-till farming … Continue reading Book Reflection: Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery (Part II)

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Programs for New Farmers

I have a huge respect for farmers. As individuals they have better work ethic than most, a good sense of humor, and a sense of realism that few others have. When I reflect on the friends I’ve had over the years, the easiest ones to get along with and develop respect for are the farmer’s … Continue reading Programs for New Farmers

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Call of the Tractor

Imported from university electronic communications course blog. There is a lot of commotion on a farm. If the livestock is not calling for your attention, then the insects are announcing their feast on your crops. Perhaps the irrigation system needs mechanical attention. However, there is one sound you do not want to silence: the tractor. … Continue reading Call of the Tractor