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Episode 17: Jon Moore of the World Organic News

Jon Moore of Organic World News

Jon Moore brings us his expertise and knowledge of the amazing “no-dig” process of natural gardening. You won’t want to miss this episode about the one straw revolution! Jon also hosts the Organic World News website where he compiles the most current and relevant information on organic agriculture being published at this time. His site is full of valuable gardening knowledge and know how! The search box is amazing! Check it out today!

Jon Moore is the creator of the World Organic News Website 

Tell me about your first gardening experience?

10 or 11 years old and planted wheat

What does organic gardening/earth friendly mean to you?

Following nature, no digging, leaving no soil uncovered and learning to live with weeds.

Who or what inspired you to start using organic techniques?

John Seymour – Grandfather of Organic Gardening in UK Complete book of self sufficiency

How did you learn how to garden organically?

Started with Seymour’s techniques but then found The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

Tell us about something that grew well this year.

Sweet corn

Is there something you would do different next year or want to try/new?

Tends to stick to larger seeds, blue potatoes, mizuna – Japanese lettuce

Tell me about something that didn’t work so well this season.

Lettuce had an early summer and it was about 105˚F/40˚C for weeks

Something that you find is easy to grow and is generally successful every-time.

Beans/broad beans/scarlet runner beans

Something you’d steer new gardeners away from that you find is typically challenging to grow in your climate


A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be.

A pair of secateurs & sickle

Eating or harvesting vegetables or fruit on time? 

Pick outside leaves

Do you have any special techniques for cooking weird or unusual foods?

Fanny Farmer Cookbook

A favorite recipe you like to cook?


A favorite internet resource?

World Organic News

Journey to

A favorite reading material-book, mag, blog/website etc you can 

Complete Book of Self Sufficiency by John Seymour

If you have a business to you have any advice for our listeners about how to sell extra produce or get started in the industry?

Wanted to find things all together in one place

Final question- if there was one change you would like to see to create a greener world what would it be? For example is there a charity or organization your passionate about or a project you would like to see put into action. What do you feel is the most crucial issue facing our planet in regards to the earth either in your local area or on a national or global scale?

Turn all golf courses to gardens.

Do u have an inspiration tip or quote to help motivate our listeners to reach into that dirt and start their own garden?

Don’t dig!

via Episode 17: Jon Moore of the World Organic News | Mike’s Green Garden.

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A hands on “how to” guide to no-dig gardening! Ethiopia: “Combine Science With Farmers’ Knowledge to Benefit Much Out of Both!” – Dr. Melaku Worede

By Abraham Dereje

Melaku Worede (PhD) was born in the outskirt of Addis and went to primary school here in Addis. He went to Ambo for his secondary school. He had done his Bsc from the then Alemaya university before he went to America for his Msc in genetics and plant breeding. He also had his PhD there in genetics. Dr. Melaku has made massive research at home and abroad and is a renowned scientist in these fields. He is a strong advocate of preserving and developing indigenous knowledge and seed varieties. He has won various international and national awards as a result. The scientific ideas he has generated are now attracting national and international acceptance. The Ethiopian Herald had an interview with him on issues related to his field of study and other related aspects.

via Ethiopia: “Combine Science With Farmers’ Knowledge to Benefit Much Out of Both!” – Dr. Melaku Worede.

Look to nature for food waste solution – Pipe Dream

Economics and the environment are inextricably connected. Their dependence on one another became more apparent this past Wednesday when the New Climate Economy and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Plan) released an annual report on global food waste trends.

The report was created to address the vast potential in waste reduction. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), an estimated one-third to half of all food produced is wasted. This amounts to two billion tons of food, or $750 billion a year. The yearly cost of food waste rivals the total value of two of the world’s largest companies, Google ($395 billion) and Exxon Mobile ($392 billion). Clearly, reducing food waste is an environmental and economic priority.

Food is lost through all levels of the supply chain. The report recommends taking steps like improved packaging and refrigeration to offset the percent of food lost. Spoiled food ends up as landfill waste and contributes an estimated 7 percent to global greenhouse gas emissions. This figure does not include the emissions necessary to initially produce the food: fossil fuels needed for agricultural machinery, the expense of chemical fertilizers, processing, packaging and transportation thousands of miles from farm to table. The byproducts of industrial agriculture, portrayed as an “efficient” model, amount to a waste of energy and resources.

Food waste is particularly high in the United States because we have the luxury to waste so much. Every home is installed with a refrigerator where fresh food from the supermarket can sit and rot. In comparison, many European consumers buy fresh produce each day from farmers markets because of the energy intensity used by refrigerators. European farms are closer to consumers, shortening the supply chain and diminishing the gaps for food to spoil.

Despite global pitfalls, Binghamton University is already managing a progressive position on food waste. The Food Recovery Network, established in every dining hall, and the composting program, established in 2007, have significantly reduced Sodexo’s contribution to food waste. The Food Recovery Network takes excess prepared meals and donates them to Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW), a local food pantry. This means that Broome County’s underprivileged populations are still fed.

via Look to nature for food waste solution – Pipe Dream.