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Incubator Farms Are Cultivating New Farmers: Organic Gardening

Incubator Farms Are Cultivating New Farmers: Organic Gardening | Organic Gardening in Colorado |

Incubator farms provide beginning farmers with access to land, equipment, resources, and training, similar to the way business incubators support budding entrepreneurs. Dozens are now starting up across the United States, with great diversity in philosophy, organization, and services offered.

The growth of incubator farms comes at a time when America's farmers are aging, with fewer young farmers stepping up to replace those who retire. The USDA's latest farm census, in 2007, offers dramatic evidence at opposite ends of the age spectrum: Only 54,197 American farmers are under the age of 25, compared with almost 290,000 farmers 75 and older. At the same time, farmland—including the land surrounding Charlotte—faces intense development pressure from urban sprawl.



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Rick Passo's curator insight, January 14, 2014 12:14 PM

Incubator farms train novice farmers while giving them access to land and equipment. Some are nonprofits, others government-sponsored. A few are set up to assist refugees resettled in the United States, including former subsistence farmers from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.


Two pioneering organic programs stand out as models: Intervale Center Farms Program, launched in 1990 in Burlington, Vermont; and Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, or ALBA, founded in 2001 near Salinas, California. The USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program has helped fund more than 65 incubator projects since 2008.

Intervale, ALBA, and many other incubators provide educational and volunteer opportunities for organic gardeners. Some gardeners are taking the step of enrolling in incubator programs; incubator farms report unanticipated interest from home gardeners.


The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) provides educational and business opportunities for farm workers and aspiring farmers to grow and sell crops grown on two organic farms in Monterey County, California.


Our mission is to advance economic viability, social equity and ecological land management among limited-resource and aspiring farmers. We work to create opportunities for family farms while providing education and demonstration on conservation, habitat restoration, marketing and whole farm planning.

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August's Bounty

August's Bounty | Organic Gardening in Colorado |
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Roma tomatoes a'plenty!


When all the tomatoes ripen at once it is time to make sauce. Fresh basil, onions, and garlic combine to create a Marinara Sauce you will love. Just one minute in boiling water and you can peel the skins right off those babies. Simmer, simmer uncovered for a couple hours. Strain the seeds and you're good to go


Is your Basil going to seed?


Pick off the flowers and keep those leaves coming. Pick the leaves and make some pesto. Yummy on crackers. 


Savor the summer flavors, my friends. It doesn't get much better than this.

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Infographic: How-To Compost | Nature | PBS

Infographic: How-To Compost | Nature | PBS | Organic Gardening in Colorado |
Composting is the combining and managing of specific waste materials so that they decompose. Learn the dos and don'ts of composting.
Monica Sterenchak Stevens's insight:

I have a Compost Tumbler that works pretty well. I can speed up the decomposition by adding some rabbit poop from time to time. I happen to have too many rabbits in my yard and have some lawn areas that have 'burned' from too much nitrogen in the poop.  I sweep up their poop from those areas and drop it into the compost pile. This saves my lawn and really cooks the compost down fast. 

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All what you need to know to create and maintain your Own Edible Rooftop Garden

All what you need to know to create and maintain your Own Edible Rooftop Garden | Organic Gardening in Colorado |


After five seasons of gardening and experimenting, the Rooftop Garden project team is happy to share the fruits of its labor with you.


The Guide to Setting up Your Own Edible Rooftop Garden comes from our wish to see new gardens and partners take root in the fertile soil of Montreal but also in other parts of the world.


By exploring new ways to interact with each other, with the built environment, the urban ecosystem and the food chain, we have discovered that change can happen in a manner that is participative, pleasant and inclusive.


This observa- tion comes from designing and participating in different rooftop gardens with the community.


Each garden is a unique space that is maintained with care by volunteers from a meals-on-wheels program, meticulously cultivated by seniors, ex- perimented on and brought to life by young urbanites or appropriated by families.


Together, we strive for a better world, cities that breathe, a slower pace, sustainable management of resources and a more respectful and ecological way of life.


In our opinion, the renewed and infinite amazement that edible gardening brings is an excellent starting point on the path to that better world.


The pleasure of discovering how the world that surrounds us works, how things like rain, wind, sun, the seasons, insects, migrations and new varieties of plants are interrelated brings us closer to the land, even from the extraordinary heights of rooftops.


A greater understanding of urban ecosystems can only motivate us to culti- vate diversity and appreciate complexity.


"We hope that our humble acts of planting, upkeeping, harvesting, eating and sharing will bring as much pleasure to you as they have brought to our community of gardeners..."



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Monica Sterenchak Stevens's insight:

How many companies have access to empty rooftops? Employees can enjoy healthy competition with each other by building their own edible gardens. Food for thought...

Mhd.Shadi Khudr's curator insight, January 14, 2014 11:35 AM


Grand Green Thanks to the Rooftop Garden project team.


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Seeds: Companion flowers attract the eye as well as garden pollinators - Sacramento Bee

Seeds: Companion flowers attract the eye as well as garden pollinators - Sacramento Bee | Organic Gardening in Colorado |
Seeds: Companion flowers attract the eye as well as garden pollinators
Sacramento Bee
Many of the summer vegetables we love – squash, peppers, eggplant and, of course, tomatoes – depend on insects for pollination.
Monica Sterenchak Stevens's insight:

I agree that companion flowers are a great way to go to attract pollinators to the vegetable garden. I love nasturtiums because they are edible flowers that look great on the outer borders of my raised beds. I also plant lavender close by. It blooms in late June for several weeks, just when you are hoping for the bees to find your vegie blossoms. 

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