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“Y” is for Yield

The goal of sustainable agriculture is two-fold: 1) preserve the natural systems and resources that farming relies on, and 2) produce a high yield that will accommodate a constantly growing human population. It may sound counter-intuitive, especially when we see so...

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Sowing & Growing With Rebecca Verm

Sowing & Growing With Rebecca Verm

Growing up in Texas, I remember watching endless miles of corn and cotton fields fly past my passenger window as my family drove out into the country. For me, as a young girl, this scene became the very definition of farmland: acres of crop rows extending into and...

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“V” is for Vertical Farming

The problem: By 2050, it is predicted that the earth will no longer have enough land to sustain a growing human population. The solution: Vertical farming. Vertical farming is exactly what it sounds like: Farming, but up. Farming has always been measured by acres of...

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“U” is for Urban Planning

Urban planning—incorporating ways to grow produce within a city infrastructure—is the solution to city living and farm-fresh eating, and it’s taking the world by storm. (Our World) Just in the past few years, our country has become very aware of what food we eat and...

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“T” is for Tillage (Conservational)

“T” is for Tillage (Conservational)

When we think of tilling fields, we think of tractors churning up the soil, but that isn’t always the case. Conservational tillage practices offer environmentally and sustainably friendly solutions to tilling fields and preparing them for new crops. The traditional...

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“S” is for Substinence Farming

We’re very familiar with commercial farming, where farmers grow their crops to sell and make a profit. Substinence farming, in contrast, is when a farmer grows only what his or her family needs to survive. Substinence farming, most common in under developed countries,...

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“R” is for Renewable Energy

Traditionally, farms are used to harvest produce and livestock, but there’s been a growing movement towards harvesting something new: renewable energy. Many farmers already use their land to produce renewable energy by growing corn to make ethanol, and many others...

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“Q” is for Quality of Life

“Q” is for Quality of Life

Ask any resource for a definition of “sustainable agriculture” and a focus on enhancing the quality of life for farmers, their workers, and their communities will always come up. Quality of life, as a broad concept, can mean many things. For farmers, it means...

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“P” is for Permaculture

“P” is for Permaculture

Permanent + agriculture = permaculture. Permaculture began as a collaboration between Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Tasmania in the 1970s. Mollison, a forester, was impressed with the stability and productivity of mature forests. He believed that if humans...

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“O” is for Organic

We’ve all seen the label on our foods in the grocery store: “Organic.” But what does that label really mean? Organic is a term that means a given food has been produced through approved standards by the Organic Food Production Act, USDA organic regulations, and the...

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“N” is for Nutrient Management

“N” IS FOR NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT Sustainable and environmentally friendly, nutrient management is the practice of using and adding soil nutrients as efficiently as possible to increase productivity of crop yields. Why is it used? One of the most prevalent indicators of...

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“M” is for Managed Grazing

Managed grazing is when livestock only graze in one part of a pasture (paddock) at a time, allowing the other parts of the pasture to “rest” in between, which promotes the growth of grasses. Managed grazing is beneficial for two reasons: it ensures the livestock is...

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