There are many different aspects of production in the world of cover crops. In this post, let's explore how these present business opportunities, from seed to crop.
This is the third post in a series of posts about cover crops. In the last post on cover crops, we took a dip in the waters of the U.S. to explore how cover crops act as ecosystem superheroes to protect the environment. This week, we're going to expand our knowledge of the cover crop … Continue reading Let’s Get Down to Business: Are Cover Crops Profitable?
This is the second in a series of posts that explore the world of cover crops. Much gratitude, again, to Mallory Daily for her time and excellent feedback in editing this post! "Realize that everything connects to everything else.” -Leonardo Da Vinci These words ring true across experiences, but a particularly tangible expression can be … Continue reading Cover Crops: Ecosystem Superheroes
This is the first in a series of posts about cover crops. Much gratitude to Mallory Daily for her editing skills and constructive feedback, and to Rob Myers for enabling me to learn and providing endless guidance. Land is always tied to narrative. Across cultures and geographies, different landscapes have inspired, strengthened or extinguished life. … Continue reading Cover Crops: An Idea Worth Planting
In this post, I explore the history of the American Chestnut tree in the U.S. and make some chestnut milk to test the possibility of this as a staple for a value-added Midwestern perennial venture.
Consumers in the United States, when driven by the knowledge of the impact their purchases have, can be powerful agents of change in this global economy. Whether their purchases increase wages for agricultural workers, increase soil fertility or biodiversity in a region, preserve the rain forest, or simply lead them to ask questions about these products, something good is in the works. This post explores the weight behind various labels in the grocery store, and is targeted at those who aspire to learn more about their food!
Farmers and gardeners today are tackling the challenges associated with long-term sustainability, fossil fuel costs, and the need to grow food in places with changing climates. Cold winters, harsh summers, excessive rain and drought, and many other meteorological factors are motivating farmers to grow food in controlled, reliable environments. An obstacle in this endeavor is the fact that greenhouses today typically utilize external energy sources, such as heaters and fans, that require electricity and fuel. These energy costs can be discouraging limitations, and also present negative environmental impacts if fossil fuels are used. Although temporarily inhibiting, these challenges provide an open door for innovation to intervene and provide solutions!