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View of the Rodale Institute and farm from the orchard Last Thursday afternoon, I headed to Kutztown, PA and a 3-day soil class at “the” Rodale Institute. For years, I’ve revered Rodale for their contributions to the advancement of ecological growing techniques. My trip felt more like a pilgrimage to a world heritage site. While the farm’s…

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If you want to get a party going in your soil, make a compost tea and serve it up. It’s a process by which you steep compost and spread the solution on your garden, crops or grass. Nothing like a libation of compost juice to fuel the foodweb living in and around your soil.Cheffing a…

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Agrarian life runs in my blood…My mom’s whole side of the family are farmers. As a child, I can remember the hour drive to visit my grandmother and relatives in Salem, Ohio and thinking it must be in another state or something; it seemed so far away. It did transport me in a way though….

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The subject of soil is where I like to geek-out! Once you start learning about it, it can really blow your mind; like how in one teaspoon of soil there is over 700 million organisms. 700 million!  I’m taking a class right now on Soil Conservation & Management. Last night we talked about all the…

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Carol and Gene Logsdon In 1974, a book of poems came across Gene Logsdon’s desk  while working for the Farm Journal in Philadelphia. He read four poems and closed the book. He got up from his desk and marched straight into his editor’s office and said, “I’m going on a trip.” “Where?” replied his editor.“…

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The more I read and observe, the more I struggle with the variance in organic farming practices. The organic label allows pest & weed applications derived from “natural sources” like roots and flowers. Some are crafty, homemade concoctions made from garlic, cayenne and eggs to ward off aphids. Sounds honest enough. But many of the…

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Thursday was my last day working at George Jones Memorial Farm. I’m sad to miss the rest of the growing season and the birth of the farm cat’s kittens but this Saturday’s event is something I will miss seeing unfold as well…Weed Dating! Fox News even came out to the farm to do a segment…

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On this Labor Day, I’m going to share an inspirational story for all the hard work we are doing to better the way we grow and distribute food. I’m reading the new book by Oran Hesterman, Fair Food. It‘s right up my alley…”growing a healthy, sustainable food system for ALL!” At the end of Chapter…

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I have a new favorite word…”Agtivist!” Saw it on Grist.org the other day. They have a whole series profiling different food activists. If the Oxford Dictionary can select “Unfriend” as the 2009 Word of the Year, then Agtivist must have a chance. Usually you see folks like Michael Pollan and Alice Waters gracing these Top…

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I weaved through gorgeous farm country this past weekend to go mountain biking just north of Columbus. Unlike the Amish country of last week, the landscape here was bordered by magnificent forests and ground that undulated with slopes and valleys. It had just rained so the green was exceptionally vibrant. Big corn country! Stakes stood…

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