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.
If an industrial, sustainable urban food system were created, we could lessen the environmental impact of food production and distribution, stimulate economi...
Darin Hoagland's insight:
I like what the non-profit organization Farm-X is doing. Integrated agricultural, environmental, social and economic solutions are compelling since the related problems we face are interconnected as well.
One of my favorite conferences with a great all-day ecofarm bustour that is especially well worth it. If you love farming and growing things you will find all kinds of people at this event you have something in common with.
"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".
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.
The Neighborhood Farm: An Urban Farming Initiative in and around Needham, Massachusetts. Linked by Michael Levenston. barrow. Painting by Abbi Canney. Kate Canney wasn't going to let living in a suburban ...
Replace your lawn with a healthy garden that works for you. By using Bay-Friendly practices, you can conserve water, natural resources and prevent pollution. And with sheet mulching, you can plant directly on top of the lawn, saving time and money.
Darin Hoagland's insight:
Lawns have a traditional place in landscaping but unfortunately are a waste of time and resources for most residential or even commercial locations. Weeding, fertilizing, mowing and watering efforts are much reduced in an established climate-appropriate native-friendly landscaping application. Lose your lawn and gain a more beautiful and sustainable landscape.
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