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Agriculture and the Natural World
This is an exploration of agriculture and how it relates to the environment. Whether you call it agroecology or eco-agriculture or permaculture these all offer alternative approaches to industrial agriculture that are far more sustainable. This page will highlight good, bad and neutral news related to environmental, economical and socially sustainable agriculture.
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Center for Land-Based Learning Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Center for Land-Based Learning Celebrates 20th Anniversary | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Earlier this week I had the honor and pleasure to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Center for Land-Based Learning, a non-profit organization in Winters started by California State Board o...
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Anything that helps new farmers get started is valuable.  Congratulations to the Center for Land-Based Learning. 

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Contact Us - How to find Master Gardener Help - A useful resource especially for residential gardeners

Contact Us - How to find Master Gardener Help - A useful resource especially for residential gardeners | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Alameda County Master Gardeners - Contact Us - How to find Master Gardener Help
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A great resource I refer people to in my daily interactions of people in my civil service agricultural job. 

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Illumination: Next Steps in Ag- Jobs- for the Willing and those who work hard!

Illumination: Next Steps in Ag- Jobs- for the Willing and those who work hard! | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

"Whereas job growth in many sectors is stagnant, there is huge demand for skilled horticulturalists, that is, students trained in fruit and vegetable crop production. We need people that understand plant physiology, plant nutrition, plant pathology and entomology, along with a handle on business and communication".


Via Mary Williams
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Agricultural jobs working with plants and especially plant scientists are no doubt available in many sectors of crop production.  However, a strong work ethic is critical as some of these jobs require long work weeks with little time for personal life.  Thus this blog post is both hopeful and cautionary for those seeking this type of work.  

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Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennials for the Sun

The perennials "crash course" for the green industry

Perennials are easy to grow, easy to propagate, and offer gardeners a fascinating variety of colors, forms and textures.

Armitage's Herbaceous Perennials for the Sun is a self-paced, self-study online certificate program authored by the Dr. Allan Armitage, one of the world's leading experts on and researchers of perennials. In this professional development course, you'll learn the characteristics, propagation methods and optimal growing conditions of 20 species of sun perennials.

The course is online, so you can progress at your own pace, on your own schedule.

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This looks like a great online course. Education never stops.

 

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