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Organic Farming More Productive Than Was Thought

BY LAUREN ROTHMAN The term “organic agriculture” tends to evoke the image of a verdant, small-scale farm, its friendly, overalls-clad caretaker kneeling among his rows of leafy chard to individually pluck them of pests. A delicate and labor-intensive operation that might produce a handful of lovely CSA baskets, but probably won’t go far towards feeding large …Read More

Does Fracking Threaten Future of Ohio Organic Farms?

via Public News Service – OH, COLUMBUS, Ohio – Certified organic farming is a growing business in Ohio, but some farmers warn that the threat of contamination from hydraulic fracturing could dampen its future. Some of the chemicals used in fracking have been identified as naturally-occurring toxic substances, metals, and radioactive materials. In eastern Ohio, …Read More

Soil testing saves time, effort

JEFF FLOYD, A soil test performed by a laboratory will give you solid information about the soil in which you’ll be growing vegetables. A lab test can provide facts about texture, pH, nutrients and salinity. There is little you can do to easily change the texture. Most West Texas soils are somewhat sandy but heavily …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