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Sustainable intensification of mixed crop livestock systems is a key pathway towards better food security, improved livelihoods and a healthy environment. As part of the US government’s Feed the Future initiative to address hunger and food security issues in sub-Saharan Africa, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting three multi-stakeholder agricultural research projects to sustainably intensify key African farming syst…
Practical Permaculture: for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth. By Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein. Illustrations by Paul Kearsley. Timber Press, 2015.
For farmers who have heard the term “permaculture” and are curious as to just what it means, out comes a new book from Timber Press. Practical Permaculture offers vivid ways to diversify the number of crops growing in a given area. As the focus of this book is community-scale production rather than market gardening, it lacks in specific data for large-scale production.
Further, some of the systems propo…
Alternative farming 101: Diversify.
When you are like us, and love farming, but only have 120 acres…you can’t make a living off of that. Especially not by todays standards, and definitely not when you are renting half the land you own and have fifteen years of payments left on the other half. Not much of that is profit. So, what does one do in such a sticky situation? Well…we got ourselves even stickier!
My husband started this before we were even dating and his reasoning was that the start up cost was less than buy….
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