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California: Magical orchard tour

A lush, chaotic garden of fruit trees in the outback of northern California: Guru Ram Das Orchards is commercially successful, but its wild beauty is obviously inspired by the unearthly, life-long love affair its owner has with deciduous trees.


 

CA Orchard

     
Cuba: A clue to our future? Let’s hope.

On a recent trip to Cuba, sustainable ag advocate Brian Snyder sees evidence of an institutional commitment to sustainable farming that we in the U.S. can only dream of. Organic Cuba libre!
 

Organic Cuba

     

Wisconsin: Two veteran CSA farmers
launch a new column


Rich De Wilde and Linda Haley have been running a successful CSA for 11 years. Every other month they’ll share practical details on what works and doesn’t work, from production and presentation, to marketing and member retention. This month: introductions, and some initial thoughts on retention.

 

CSA Notebook


     

Switzerland: Swiss chicks got the life

Jim Riddle shares a photo essay from his recent visit to Europe. It details innovative production and packaging techniques on a medium-sized poultry farm in the Alps.

 

Swiss chicks

 

     

New York: How to improve profitability
through season extension

We’re not talking greenhouses here. We’re talking row covers, temporary season extension houses and frost irrigation, and it works. Paul and Sandy Arnold of Argyle, NY have done the math on it.

 

Season extension

 

     
New Zealand: The rise of the organic kiwi

Kiwifruit is a huge export crop for New Zealand farmers, and organic growers like Leo and Diane Whittle are leading the entire industry in raising the environmental "bar" and moving all growers closer to organic
 

Organic kiwi

     
Pennsylvania: Direct marketing isn’t about selling
... it’s about dreaming


Pennsylvania farmer Brian Moyer has years of experience selling on-farm and at farmers' markets. He shares his wisdom on how to meet the customer’s needs.

 

Direct marketing

     

Somewhere in India: Jason’s global organic odyssey

With their journey almost half over, our intrepid organic trekkers engage in a little slapstick, a little honest self-appraisal, as they reflect on the meaning of what they've experienced and observed in Laos and Thailand.

 

Jason's Odyssey

 

     

The Final Word

Alan Guebert on the House Ag Committee’s genetically modified oratory (GMO); the lighter side of COOL: silly talk about country of origin labelling; contradictory voices on food security and GMOs

News & research

Monsanto's license suspended in Bihar ... farmers planting more biotech corn and soybeans this year ... consumers willing to put their money where their organic mouths are ... and more

 

Final Word

News & research

 
   
   
     
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