January/February 2021

Blue Forest Farms creates a community around the surging industry of organic hemp production

What began as a small start-up has turned into a 150-acre hemp producer on a mission to spread the word about the benefits of hemp. Blue Forest Farms...

California’s Riverdance Farms finds success with farm-visiting crowd

Like most small-to-medium farms across the country, Riverdance Farms in Livingston, California had to – and still is – navigating the new farm business landscape in this COVID-19...

Dairy, row crops and produce a circle of sustainability at Oregon organic farm

Keeping its environmental impact as low as possible through sustainable practices is a key part of Threemile Canyon Farms’ recipe for success. Founded in 1998, the north-central Oregon...

Growing new farmers at WSU’s new Eggert Family Organic Farm

The Washington State University campus in Pullman, Washington, has had two organic farms since 2003. The first farm was established in the fall of 2003 under the direction...

How author Ross Conrad tackles sustainable beekeeping

Editor’s note: Ross Conrad lives in Middlebury, Vermont, and has been keeping bees and providing pollination services for 28 years. He is the author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic...

How to work with an organic greenhouse for the best transplants

Organic growers can get a jump on the season with the transplants, but organic standards must be upheld. That means either growing your own transplants, or contracting with...

May your seeds grow green in 2021, growers: Editor’s letter

Planting requires a certain amount of optimism, and a double portion is required the season following what a colleague once referred to as “the weirdest year ever.” [caption...

Ontario growers release new organic seed, Renegade pepper

For five years, a group of five organic and ecological growers in southern Ontario collaborated on a new variety of bell pepper. The flavor had to be right,...

Organic seed companies highlight top offerings of 2021

Here are some selected offerings that organic seed companies are highlighting in spring 2021. Harris Seeds Organic www.harrisseeds.com Harris Seeds Organic announces the following organic seed offerings for...

Owosso Organics plans crops carefully, as COVID-19 triples CSA membership

The pandemic has taken the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership of Owosso Organics near Owosso, Michigan, to a new level. “Our CSA participation tripled this year because people...

Research touches on building better organic seed coatings, grafting

A group of U.S. researchers is exploring the science of seeds, and the research is already yielding insights into potential seed coatings for organic seed. An ongoing multi-state...

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