A Secret Superpower, Right in Your Backyard

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by

As the verdant hills of Wakanda are secretly enriched with the fictional metal vibranium in “Black Panther,” your average backyard also has hidden superpowers: Its soil can absorb and store a significant amount of carbon from the air, unexpectedly making such green spaces an important asset in the battle against climate change. Backyard soils […]

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Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 by

Phytoremediation is a form of bioremediation and applies to all chemical or physical processes that involve plants for degrading or immobilizing contaminants in soil and groundwater. The word (which does not roll off the tongue) actually makes sense. It comes from the Greek word phyto meaning “plant” and the Latin word remedium meaning “restoring balance.” When put together, the two […]

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The Secret To Biochar’s Success Might Finally Have Been Revealed

Posted on Thursday, December 21st, 2017 by

  If you heat organic waste in a low-oxygen environment (pyrolysis), you get a substance known as biochar. Biochar’s excellence as a crop enhancer has been known for a century – and possibly much longer in cultures such as the indigenous inhabitants of the Amazon Rainforest. Indeed, in some circles biochar has achieved a hallowed status as […]

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Ecological intensification of agriculture: ideas that begin to take root

Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017 by

In the context of increasing global food demand, ecological intensification of agriculture emerges as an ideal approach to land management. It combines the benefits of intensive and extensive agriculture, enhancing ecosystem services and leading to sustainable ways of production. An ecosystem under ecological intensification has high rates of internal regulation processes, moderate resource inputs, low nutrient losses […]

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The Next Agriculture Revolution Is Under Our Feet

Posted on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 by

By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy, and Bianca Moebius-Clune, Ph.D., Director at the Soil Health Division, USDA-NRCS At the core of agriculture is innovation. Advancements in agricultural technology throughout the past century have allowed farmers to feed a population that has grown from less than 2 billion people […]

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Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Posted on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 by

1. Farm like a forest Not accounting for land covered by water, desert, or ice, about half of the planet is dedicated to pasture and croplands, according to WRI’s study. And the continued expansion of agricultural land is driving biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, an increase […]

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Four Areas of Agriculture That Can Help Solve Many Environmental Problems and Improve Human Health

Posted on Friday, September 8th, 2017 by

Agriculture has a significant impact on life on Earth. It provides food, sure, but it’s also an integral part of the ecosystem as a whole. Done correctly, it supports and nourishes all life. When abused — as it’s been done since the “green revolution” in the 1930s — agriculture contaminates and destroys soil, […]

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Helping Farmers Expand Composting in the County

Posted on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 by

Did you know that food scraps account for approximately 23% of the County’s overall waste stream? And did you know that there are new state standards that allow farmers to use food scraps to make compost? That’s o.k. if you didn’t know…most County residents, and many farmers, don’t know about this new opportunity to use food […]

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Composting is grounds for change on Alaska flights

Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by

Alaska Airlines serves up 37,000 cups of coffee a day on its more than 900 daily flights, brewed using more than 250,000 pounds of Starbucks coffee each year. Ensuring that those grounds go back into the earth and not into the trash is the goal of a new composting effort at Alaska Airlines. Gardeners know […]

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147 Things you can compost and 9 things you cant

Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 by

1. VEGETABLES This is the most simple answer and most people will know you can compost vegetables but it is as good a place as any to start the list. Vegetables can be fresh (although you should be eating them!), cooked, frozen and completely moldy. All of them are okay to be thrown onto your compost heap. […]

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