Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements
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Agroforestry Helps Farmers Branch Out: Balance of Biomass Trees, Crops Brings Potential Win

Agroforestry Helps Farmers Branch Out: Balance of Biomass Trees, Crops Brings Potential Win | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

 Researchers have looked into the practice of alley cropping, planting long-term tree crops alongside short-term cash crops, for sustainability. Alley cropping is a type of agroforestry, which is the practice of combining crops and trees into one farming system. The dual income from the land can bring greater economic security to farmers.


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The Eight Best Quotes From Retiring Farmers

The Eight Best Quotes From Retiring Farmers | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

“When I started this, like with the cut flowers, a florist would say to me, ‘Honey, who cares if they’re organic? We’re not gonna eat them.’ The same florist will call me today, 20 years later, and say ‘I’ve got a bride, she wants an all-green wedding June 15, what are you gonna have then?’ So now the market is there. [T]here’s a real window for farmers who want to do it. It’s not even a niche; it’s a chasm.” –David Brown

 

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“[T]he current 20-year-olds make me nuts … No common sense, no memory, passive-aggressive, no reliability, no work ethic.” –David Brown

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Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015

Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015 | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

"Due to failing crops and massive consumer demand for organic food, many conventional farmers are turning away from GMO crops in 2015.

 

“NON-GMO IS MORE PROFITABLE.”

This is the rising sentiment among farmers of the US as a confluence of factors urges them to become pro-organic. From falling GMO grain prices to a rising tide of public distrust of genetically modified ingredients, failing GMO traits, higher GMO seed prices, and the premium prices that people willingly pay for quality food over toxic junk, the conventional farmer is changing his tune when it comes to Big Ag practices."


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