It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in a college soil science course at my alma mater land grant university. If I had just a penny for every time the phrases “soil test”, “law of the minimum” and “NPK” were repeated, I would be a very wealthy farmer by now.
We spent almost the entire semester listening to a conventionally-trained soil professor talk in circles about chemistry soil panels and synthetic mineral products that supposedly “need” to be added to the soil for crop success. They literally told us the that plants could not grow without them.
Do you want to regenerate your brain for maximum concentration and improved memory? Simply changing the foods you eat could skyrocket your productivity and overall brain health.
We all crave that elusive “flow state” that all the gurus talk about; where you are so encapsulated in the task at hand that you become extremely productive, inspired, and focused. But most people never get there.
A notification pops up on your phone. Thoughts start wrestling around in your head. The to-do list grows ever-longer. You check social media for new likes.
And just like that, any form of productive progress towards…
Imagine saving and investing 70% or more of your income every month. Imagine total monthly expenses under $500 person, yet living in complete abundance and freedom to travel to the most beautiful places in the country.
Imagine the cumulative impact on your financial health if you had even just one year without a rent or mortgage payment. How could that be possible?
My husband and I have lived this reality for the past 3 years; debt-free, rent-free, and building a robust path toward early retirement. Yes, we are millennials without any children, but we know people from all walks of…
There is a common misconception that, once you miss the spring garden rush, it is too late to grow anything. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!
As a small-scale organic vegetable grower, I can assure you that we seed and plant well into the summer and autumn to ensure an (almost) year-round harvest.
Greenhouses, of course, make this easier, but they are not necessary for over-wintered crops like parsnips or quick-growing crops like radishes.Even up here in snowy New England, planting carrots as late as September will offer a delightfully sweet and crunchy treat come fall.
Whether you’re a…
Our soils are dying, and with them, the nutrients in food are decreasing.
Today’s food is far less nutritious than it was just 50 years ago. We’ve all heard the stats by now. “You have to eat 8 oranges in the modern day to get the same amount of Vitamin A as your grandfather’s oranges”.
Turns out that the science shows similar stats across the board.
Modern food is exponentially decreasing in nutrient value. This is obvious when it comes to processed industrial food products like McDonalds and Snickers bars, but the issue runs far deeper than that.
By now, everyone has heard of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), but few people still really understand what they are or if they’re safe.
Marketing from the industrial food system has almost obsessively tried to convince us that they are safe. Meanwhile, many consumers are actively seeking out USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO project labels on their food to ensure that they are avoiding GMOs.
So what are GMOs? How are they different from non-GMO food? Why are plants genetically modified? I’ll answer all this and more. Let’s dig in!
As someone who studied plant breeding and genetics at a land…
Typically slivered over mediocre salads, most people wouldn’t believe that this humble red root is a nutritional powerhouse.
When it comes to radishes, I was never a huge fan either. The little round roots on grocery store shelves always seem flavorless and watery.
But once I become an organic vegetable farmer, I realized that not all radishes are created equal. There are dozens of varieties of these little crunchy gems, from ruby red to violet to fuschia pink.
There are also different shapes and flavors, from daikon, watermelon radishes and even black Spanish radishes.
It turns out that unique radish…
I almost gave up on my dreams today. I almost quit farming altogether.
Growing organic food, teaching about regenerative agriculture and promoting natural living have been my passions for the past 6 years. After all the work and effort I’ve put into this career, today I legitimately considered throwing in the towel (or should I say the shovel).
The reality is that sometimes “passion” or “making a difference” just ain’t enough. You get tired, you get discouraged, and it feels like you keep hitting roadblock after roadblock with very few signals as to where to go next.
The frustration and…
With so much concern about looming catastrophic climate change, carbon sequestration is crucial to any climate goals. Carbon sequestration is basically the process of pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it natural reservoirs.
Belowground storage of carbon makes up about 46% of total terrestrial carbon sequestration. Yes, seriously. What many call “dirt” is actually capable of reversing climate change…
But first, it has to be transformed back into soil.
So how does this whole soil drawdown work? The simple answer is: microbes absorb carbon and hold onto it.
Plants are the middle-men. They photosynthesize by “inhaling” carbon dioxide…
Amidst concerns about catastrophic climate change, carbon sequestration is all the rage these days. Carbon sequestration is basically the process of pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it natural reservoirs such as soil. Below ground, soil a counts for about 46% of total terrestrial carbon sequestration. How does it work?
The simple answer is: microbes absorb the carbon and hold it. The process starts with photosynthesis, when plants “inhale” carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it to make sugars.
Then, they send 30–40% of their hard-earned sugars down into the soil as offerings their microbial allies. They…