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Organic Produce

NASS launches organic agriculture survey in January

by Farm Press Staff, Total organic product sales by U.S. farms and ranches showed  substantial growth over the last few years, increasing 83 percent since 2007, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. In January, NASS will launch its 2014 Organic Survey  to gauge increasing organic interest among consumers, producers, and businesses. To learn more about …Read More

Expert Tips for Growing Early Tomato Varieties

By Barbara Pleasant, In almost any climate, the best time to start most tomato seeds is six to eight weeks before your average last spring frost. This tried-and-true schedule provides juicy tomatoes by high summer, but many gardeners and cooks become impatient for sun-ripened tomatoes earlier. You can satisfy this premature tomato craving by learning how …Read More

Kill pests without pesticides

by Angela O’Callaghan/Desert Gardening, The beginning of fall is the time for garden cleanup. Tomato plants might have a few fruits that could be coddled until temperatures drop into the fifties, but other than that, its time to spruce up the garden and prepare for the next growing season, which can begin as early as mid-October. …Read More

Summer Garden Tips

By Melodie Metje, The dog days of summer see thriving warm season crops-tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, sweet potatoes, peppers and Mediterranean herbs. To keep your harvests at their peak, there are few simple things you can do for your garden. 7 Summer Garden Tips 1. Harvest frequently! Plants are in the business of reproducing. …Read More

Organic education efforts continue as farmers markets grow

Nathan Phelps, Press-Gazette Media, With the number of farmers markets growing around the region and across the country, agricultural officials continue working to educate producers and consumers about organic certification and growing practices. Organic growers are split into two camps under federal rules. Certified organic growers must undergo an annual inspection of organic farm plans …Read More