All the production planting is done here at The Rodale Institute
experimental farm, with only a few research plots left to work on.
As you move into early summer tasks, keep an eye on what you can
learn this summer. Be alert to situations in which wise agricultural
practices are part of the answer to Big Questions.
Knowledge about sustainable farming of any type is in short supply
in most places. If how a nation farms were only an abstract concept,
this wouldn’t matter. The fact that it touches everyone to
a greater or lesser extent—despite how little they may wish
to care —bestows upon those in the know a great civic responsibility.
This update brings you many examples where practical knowledge needs
to be applied to do well and to stop doing harm. Read on to find
Inputs for non-organic corn may
impact pre-born children during their development,
giving new reasons to question the wisdom of a near-record level
of corn planting in the United States.
Farmers and consumers can learn
how to produce, handle and consume raw milk safely—and
how they are banding together to keep direct sale of farm products
to willing consumers as free as possible from government interference.
Consumer understanding of dairy-cow
health management could expand the options for
We all need to understand how
to value immigrant laborers and their contribution
to our food system.
Changing climate is shifting the
advantage of some of the peskiest weeds, despite
chemical technology arrayed against them.
To make the most of the field
days you attend, in order to equip yourself to
have the information to produce, market and strategize as sustainably
as you can.
Knowing your farm means knowing how to learn from its every aspect
and element, year after year. Knowing your markets takes a similar
kind of inquisitive, carefully observant and respectful relationship
with the people who trade something of value for your crops, livestock
and products. Savor the promise of this kind of thoughtfulness put
to work at Washington state’s Bluebird Grain Farms in our
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