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Hosting On-Farm Events…and Surviving! A Beginner’s Perspective

Hosting On-Farm Events…and Surviving! A Beginner’s Perspective | Small Farms | Scoop.it
Jordan Clasen operates Grade A Gardens in Johnston. He is currently finishing work in Practical Farmer's Savings Incentive Program. He submitted this blog post to share some insight with our network. Who doesn't enjoy a good party?
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Cauliflower takes over from kale in the veggie department in 2014

Cauliflower takes over from kale in the veggie department in 2014 | Small Farms | Scoop.it
Cauliflower is the new kale, salt is the new pepper and doughnuts and burgers are going gangbusters.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, January 4, 2014 12:18 PM

The food fad thing is fascinating. At least with kale and cauliflower, it is also healthy.

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Missouri Beginning Farming: Great Plains Growers Conference ...

Missouri Beginning Farming: Great Plains Growers Conference ... | Small Farms | Scoop.it
2:15-3:00 How to Succeed in Selling Your Farm Produce: finding your market niche, Beth Matson, Never Ending Harvest. 3:00-3:30 Break. 3:30-5:00 Farmers Panel on Effective Marketing of Vegetable Product, Panelists: ...
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More than 50% of city freight could shift from truck to bike

More than 50% of city freight could shift from truck to bike | Small Farms | Scoop.it
At least in Europe. An EU-wide study group called Cycle Logistics crunched the data and found we really only need half as many polluting and dangerous trucks in our cities.
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New Old Market restaurant having its first dinner next week - Omaha World-Herald

New Old Market restaurant having its first dinner next week - Omaha World-Herald | Small Farms | Scoop.it
New Old Market restaurant having its first dinner next week
Omaha World-Herald
The restaurant is partnering with Rhizosphere Farms for an apple harvest dinner with the just-relaunched farm.
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USDA Announces Available Funding to Provide Safe Housing for America's Farm Laborers

USDA Announces Available Funding to Provide Safe Housing for America's Farm Laborers | Small Farms | Scoop.it
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Farmers urged to check pastures for presence of ergot

Farmers with animals in pasture should check for their grass forages for the presence of ergot which can be toxic to cattle, sheep, swine and horses.
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Illinois has had similar weather - so check your pastures for ergot.

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Midwestern Hay Shortfall, Strong Demand Extend Sale Season | MARKETING content from Hay & Forage Grower

Midwestern Hay Shortfall, Strong Demand Extend Sale Season | MARKETING content from Hay & Forage Grower | Small Farms | Scoop.it
A Minnesota auction is going to hold sales into August this year because of the current hay shortfall and strong demand.
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farmdocdaily: Illinois Farmland Assessments - Current Issues and Considerations

farmdocdaily: Illinois Farmland Assessments - Current Issues and Considerations | Small Farms | Scoop.it
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CoCoRaHS - Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network

CoCoRaHS - Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network | Small Farms | Scoop.it
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Collect weather data and share it with everyone!

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Illinois State Climatologist

Illinois State Climatologist | Small Farms | Scoop.it
All things related to climate in Illinois
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NW Illinois is still considered dry.   Learn more on the State Climatologists webpage

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Weed Control in Pastures - Boone County

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This Thursday at 1:00 pm come and learn how to control those weeds in your pastures.

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Americans are making healthier food choices, USDA report says

Americans are making healthier food choices, USDA report says | Small Farms | Scoop.it

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service examined changes in eating patterns and diet among American adults between 2005 and 2010.


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Here's How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative

Here's How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative | Small Farms | Scoop.it
Many young farmers aren't buying land because it's too expensive. Instead, they're renting it.

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Women Lead Way In Sustainable And Organic Agriculture ...

Women Lead Way In Sustainable And Organic Agriculture ... | Small Farms | Scoop.it
Although she works for the Coalition full time, as co-owner of the Healthy Roots Community Farm in Tivoli, New York – 100 miles north of the city – she is involved intimately in all aspects of growing fruits and vegetables in a sustainable manner.
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Botany and health: Very small chemical changes to dietary flavonoids cause very large effects on human immune system

Very small chemical changes to dietary flavonoids cause very large effects when the plant natural products are tested for their impact on the human immune system.
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Urban Ecological System Making Waves in Australian Food Production

Urban Ecological System Making Waves in Australian Food Production | Small Farms | Scoop.it
The Urban Ecological System, which produces barramundi and herbs simultaneously, is earning attention after signing a deal with supermarket giant Coles.
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World's First Aquaponic Living Green Wall

In addition to being super cool, living green walls can bring a whole host of benefits (http://verticalfoodblog.com/benefits-of-green-walls-living-walls/). I...
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Organic farming helps farmers increase their resilience to climate change

athuralal Patel is not sure why someone in New Delhi or Mumbai would prefer vegetables from his farm to his neighbour`s, but he knows that the way he grows crops is good for his soil.

 

Bundelkhand (Madhya Pradesh): Mathuralal Patel is not sure why someone in New Delhi or Mumbai would prefer vegetables from his farm to his neighbour's, but he knows that the way he grows crops is good for his soil.

Using organic fertilisers, he says, helps increase the fertility of his soil, while using too many chemical fertilisers degrades the land's soil quality.

 

For Patel, a farmer in the Bundelkhand region of Central India, organic farming increases his resilience to respond to the risk of climate variability. Over 70 per cent of the population in this region relies on predominantly rain fed agriculture for their subsistence.

While the threat of drought has always loomed over this semi-arid region, farmers and scientific experts worry that climate change may make drought conditions even more common in the future thereby increasing food insecurity and migration rates.

From field trials conducted in arid, semi-arid, sub-humid and humid regions of India, Navdanya, a research organisation found that organic farming techniques can improve soil carbon levels by five per cent to 25 per cent and increase the water holding capacity of soils between two per cent to 17 per cent.

Soils with higher concentration of carbon content are better able to absorb and retain water because the organic matter acts like 'sponge' absorbing excess water and retaining it in the soil. More moisture in the soil is particularly valuable for farmers in drought prone, dry regions.

Organic farming systems also increase biodiversity by cultivating different genetically diverse crop varieties.

Finally, the price premium that organic produce garners from the health and taste benefits perceived by city consumers allows organic farming to be financially more profitable than conventional farming.

Together with using adaptation strategies such as water efficient irrigation techniques and drought tolerant seed varieties, organic farming can help farmers cope with the impacts of the changing climate. By Nicholas Monzy Martin, Development Alternatives

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First Published: Thursday, August 01, 2013, 12:52


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NoshPlanet's curator insight, August 11, 2013 11:47 PM

This is a nice perspective - it doesn't always have to be about the motivation of whoever buys the food. Sometimes it's just because organic techniques are better for the soil.

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CME: Meat, Poultry Demand Strong Through May

CME: Meat, Poultry Demand Strong Through May | Small Farms | Scoop.it
US - When it comes to the issue of meat and poultry demand
these days, we are reminded of the old adage to not look a gift
horse in the mouth.

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Healthy Animals 52

Healthy Animals 52 | Small Farms | Scoop.it
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Strategies to Stamp out Stable Flies

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/ha/han52.htm

Definitely a problem pest of anyone with livestock.  This shares some interesting research on controling them.

 

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2013 - United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation: Facts and Figures

2013 - United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation: Facts and Figures | Small Farms | Scoop.it
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Some interesting water facts are listed here.

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