Boy, I gotta get me some
of those .... George Devault, former
editor of New Farm magazine, attended a field day recently in south
central Pennsylvania so he could get a peek at field-scale tunnels
that can (somewhat affordably) cover acres and acres of crops while
providing easy access to field equipment. These English-built Haygrove
tunnels can protect against disease and weather. On the farm George
visited, premium grade tomato yields were 100 percent higher inside
the tunnels up through August 16, and the season will be extended
by a full three weeks compared with outdoor tomatoes. All of the
farmers George spoke to felt they were versatile, easy-to-use, and
well worth the initial expense. Check
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A new series on farming in the Holy
Land. A New Yorker, Yigal Deutscher, took us up
on our request for global correspondents, offering to do a series
of six stories on sustainable farming in Israel/Palestine. Managing
editor Greg Bowman has been editing these stories. He writes: "The
stories as a whole capture an untamed, powerful yearning from North
to South, Arab and Jew, young and old, for a future beyond conflict
where families will be unafraid, where the land will be tended carefully
from season to season, and everyone will be able to share a meal
beneath their vine and fig tree." Amen. To
read Greg's introduction, click
here. To read Yigal's first installment, click
Speaking of powerful yearnings ...
One of the oldest CSAs in the country, Brookfield
Farm, is perhaps best known for its most important crop--the young
farmers who emerge from its excellent apprenticeship program. One
relatively recent graduate, Sue Wasseluk, captured the yearning
of young farmers for the soil when she told staff writer Dan Sullivan
of her deep call to farming: "It's not for everybody. In our
modern condition, there are so many choices. You don't have to do
this, and why would you want to, unless you felt like you really
needed this on some level." For a look at Dan's profile of
the apprenticeship program at Brookfield, click
Chris Hill, Executive Editor
forget to check out our latest Organic
Price Index. Coming later today,
September 1: All new prices for the Grassroots OPX.
Eighteen markets in 14 states.
George Devault gets a peek at Haygrove's field-scale
tunnels, and likes what he sees. More
details at left.
No, it's not a rice paddy, Virginia.
An extremely wet summer in upstate New York prompts reflections
from Mary-Howell Martens on the decisions we make each year in the
heat of farming
... and their consequences. See below
for more details.
Radical ranching: Jim
Crosswhite went environmental, and it paid off economically.
See below for more.