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Dry Farming Trial Of Red Aztec Spinach

Have you ever heard of Red Aztec Spinach, Huauzontle, or Chenopodium nuttalliae? They’re all the same plant. It’s an eat-all green. It grows edible leaves through August’s scorching heat and then gives you a seed grain that is like quinoa but lacking the soapy...

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Tool Review: Morakniv Basic 511

A high-performance utility knife that belies its budget price. My enthusiasm for the Morakinv Basic 511 utility knife cannot be overstated. If you want a utility knife to carry and use while you do chores around the homestead or farm, I cannot think of a better choice...

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Integrating Crops And Livestock For Profit

Kansas farmer Gail Fuller, who farms near Emporia, experimented with no-till farming on and off during the 1980s. In the mid-1990s, frustrated by erosion and not getting the results he wanted, he attended a no-till conference where he learned about cover crops. When...

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Is A Refractometer In Your Future

Have you considered use of an optical refractometer on your farm or homestead? As more holistic growers better understand the biochemistry of growing plants and soil, they are adopting use of this simple-to-use tool to help determine the health or nutritional value of...

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Film Review: Polyfaces: A World Of Many Choices

Documentary delivers message: Needed change in food system is at hand. Despite having a compelling subject to shoot – Joel Salatin and the extended family of his farm – the filmmakers of Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices convey something more important. What I took...

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What Does It Mean When God ‘Puts’ Us Somewhere?

Oh the depth of meaning in the letters P - U - T. Sometimes three-letter words can mean so much and yet be overlooked. My case in point can be found in Genesis 2:15, which is part of the account of God creating a habitation for Adam and Eve. As many agrarians through...

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Comfrey May Be Your New Best Friend

If you would like to use less chemical fertilizer for your fruit trees or are tired of weeding around them, there’s a solution. Does watering your fruit trees less often sound good? Yep, there’s an answer for you. The solution to all these things is the humble, yet...

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What Is The Value Of Work?

Something I read the other day made me ponder about the nature of work. Or, more precisely, how many of us of Occidental cultures view work. I now know we have it wrong. In mankind’s rush from an agrarian society to an industrial one, increases in human productivity...

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Raw Milk As Soil Input

Field trials show applying milk to pasture is increasing Brix values, reducing compaction and increasing tonnage. There’s much buzz surrounding raw milk, and it’s not flies or even the debate about selling raw milk for human consumption. The buzz is positive and...

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Do We Have Dominion Right?

God’s dominion mandate to Adam described in Genesis 1 cannot defensibly be used as an apologetic for extractive and exploitative use of Earth’s resources – or more conservatively stated as misusing creation for man’s benefit. Instead, I will illustrate that the...

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Film Review: The Seer: A Portrait Of Wendell Berry

The lament is a forgotten, but legitimate genre for literature of creative expression. I mention this because I see Laura Dunn’s new film, “The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” as a kind of lament. As such, it is a worthy film deserving of our attention and...

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Do We Stand Up Masseboth On Our Farms Or Homesteads?

No, it’s not some newly-discovered mold or a trendy new mineral-accumulating plant. Masseboth are a marker of legacy. A legacy is generally understood to be anything handed on from the past, as in something passed from one generation to the next. Included in this...

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Five Lessons From A First-Time Beekeeper

So you haven’t even started keeping bees yet and you’ve already been stung. Stung with that lust for everything beekeeping promises to provide. Namely, an endless supply of golden sticky sweet stuff. Sure, we know the bees will help with pollination and, if we’re...

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Book Review: Born Again Dirt

The number of speakers, consultants and authors in the world of sustainable farming and gardening has exploded. There’s restorative agriculture, permaculture and Farming God’s Way, to name just a few. And then there’s Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms teaching us to...

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Is The Book Of Genesis Anti-GMO?

A provocative headline, to be sure. It might seem like a stretch to some people and there can be good argument to answer in the negative to the headline’s question. But, there may be a biblical case to be made against use of sterile seeds and GMOs. Now before you...

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Kansas Group Has Big Idea To Feed The World

From Salina, Kansas, The Land Institute offers a real solution to a growing problem If you follow agriculture, you likely have noticed more and more people who don’t believe the world can be fed by a chemical-intensive, genetically modified monoculture approach. In...

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Soil Science Spelled It Out A Century Ago

guest writer Gene Logsdon An organic farm marketer brought me a strange book to read and I can’t get it out of my mind. It was written by Cyril Hopkins, an agronomist at the University of Illinois in 1911. Already a century ago, science had committed the wisdom of the...

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Faith And Farming, Are They Connected?

If the headline causes speculation, then I think that’s good. I certainly believe I have an answer to the question, but not everyone agrees with me. Yet, if I truly believe my farming is connected to my faith, then I better be able to state why. People around the...

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The Wisdom Of Salatin – Part 2

Here in this second installment of “The Wisdom of Salatin,” I continue to expand on Joel Salatin’s 10 common threads for success on the farm. Salatin, of the famous Polyface Farms, taught these at a presentation he gave at the Sustainable Agriculture Symposium last...

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The Wisdom Of Salatin – Part 1

On Nov. 18, 2014, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms spoke at the Sustainable Agriculture Symposium sponsored by the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture. In his address, Salatin delighted the crowd with his usual wit and acerbic commentary along with 10 common...

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Lessons From A First-Time Hog Owner

Maybe you just cannot get your mind off of bacon. Trust me, I understand. Maybe you see hogs as versatile animals that help you till and maintain land while being powered by nothing other than the land itself and food scraps. Whatever your purpose, you have decided...

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Creation Account Demonstrates God’s Intention

We should understand that God cares for, cares about, has purpose for and created the Earth according to a willful act. In Genesis, we have Moses giving the Hebrews an account of their history, their origins, but more importantly, their relationship with God. A...

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Swales Can Play A Vital Role In Land Management

For water management, agroforestry and silvopasture, swales can be an important tool for the biodiverse farm. In agriculture, swales are not usually the topic in farming circles but they can be a valuable tool in the earthworks tool chest. A ditch-berm combination,...

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Is Land Alive?

Does this question matter? I discovered a blog titled, Redeeming the Dirt. It’s a blog written by a born-again Christian farmer named Noah Sanders, author of the book Born Again Dirt. But, I want to share a question Sanders posed in his blog some time ago. At his...

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Contemplating Berry’s ‘Two Economies’

In Wendell Berry’s essay “Two Economies,” he explains his thoughts on the important differences between a money economy or some “little” economy when compared to what he refers to as “The Great Economy.” This difference is vital to understand especially when humans...

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