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“L” is for Local Community Food System

To boil it down, a food system is “the path that food travels from field to fork.” (Learn, Grow, Connect) The scale of food systems can vary. Our current agriculture policies encourage the growth of large-scale food systems on a globalized scale. However, this...

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“K” is for Kyusei Nature Farming

In Japanese, “kyusei” translates to “saving,” so Kyusei Nature Farming broadly means to “save the world through natural farming.” Kyusei Nature Farming is a combination of organic farming and Effective Micro-organisms which boost soil conditions and yield a greater...

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“J” is for Jobs

There’s a world of difference between finding a job and engaging in good work and/or developing a rewarding career. Both good work and jobs should provide the worker with a decent living, but good work goes beyond that: good work enables the worker to perfect their...

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“I” is for Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process used to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. IPM can be used to manage pests anywhere—in urban, agricultural, or wildland areas. IPM focuses on long-term prevention of pests and...

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“H” is for Holistic Management

In short, Holistic Management (HM) is an approach to managing agricultural resources. HM was originally developed by Allan Savory, acclaimed ecologist and environmentalist, as a solution for the desertification of nearly 2/3rds of the earth’s land. Through HM, Savory...

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“G” is for Green Payments

In a nutshell, Green Payments are paid to farmers to compensate them for any environmental benefits that accrue as a result of their farming practices. This program is already underway in other developed countries to provide habitat services, ecological services, and...

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“F” is for Forest Farming

According to the USDA, Forest Farming is, “the cultivation of high-value specialty crops under the protection of a forest canopy that has been modified to provide the correct shade level.” Before forest farming was “a thing,” it was just an everyday practice. There is...

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“E” IS FOR ECOSYSTEM

An ecosystem is, in it’s simplest terms, all the organisms and non-living components in an environment. The process of every ecosystem has an energy flow and a cycling of materials throughout it. There are numerous types of ecosystems including: Forest Desert...

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“D” IS FOR DIVERSITY

Diversity is a loaded term in sustainable agriculture. We see it being significant in two ways: biological diversity and demographic diversity. The first, commonly referred to as “Bio-Diversity,” is a foundation of sustainable agriculture. According to Bioversity...

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“C” IS FOR CROP ROTATION

Crop rotation is a practice that has been practiced for centuries. However, the concept of letting fields lay fallow didn’t come about until the 11th century, when farmers finally adopted the three plot planting system. This was also due, in part, to developments of...

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“B” IS FOR BIODYNAMICS

According to the Biodynamic Association, "Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition." Rudolf Steiner, and Austrian writer and educator, developed the philosophy by combining his observations of the environment...

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“A” IS FOR AQUAPONICS

Most simply, aquaponics… “is the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the growing plants and the plants...

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