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WATCH: Eliot Coleman’s Keynote Speech at Bioneers by the Bay: Authentic Farming

In this video from Bioneers by the Bay 2008, organic farmer Eliot Coleman (author of The Four Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Garden All Year Long and The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener) gives a presentation entitled “The Farm That Won’t Wear Out.” In it, he discusses the millennia-old practice of crop rotation, organic versus authentic farming, the magic of compost, and his unlikely friendship with a lifelong Monsanto chemical salesman.

Coleman emphasizes “paying attention to the free inputs of the natural world”—which doesn’t exactly lend itself to a product-based retail business, much to the chagrin of the Monsanto salesman.

One day I did read a book about small farming and there was a line in there that impressed me more than anything I had ever read. It said that in a teaspoonful of fertile soil there are over a million live organisms. And as an adventurer you usually try and explore places where no one has gone before, and I thought, “My gosh. Of all the exciting places to explore, think of that. There are a million live organisms in each teaspoon of fertile soil? This could get interesting.”

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A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until next Spring. With author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors, you can grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s new book, Year-Round Indoor Salad […] Read More..

A Day in the Life of a Homesteader

As Homesteading Month comes to a close, we take a look at what it means to live the homesteading life every day. Read through the question and answer below and be sure to check out any of the previous articles you might have missed:Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders Homesteading Q&A: Solutions […] Read More..

Go Lean: How To Eliminate Waste and Increase Efficiency on the Farm

Using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence may seem sacrilegious, but today’s young farmers like author Ben Hartman are discovering that the same sound business practices apply whether you produce cars or carrots.In his new book The Lean Farm, Hartman demonstrates how applying lean principles—originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry—to farming practices […] Read More..

Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders

More and more often, young people are turning away from cities and urban life in order to live off the land and even start farms of their own. But while many have the desire to grow food for themselves and/or others, acquiring land, and the financial burden that comes with it, presents a difficult challenge […] Read More..

How to Distinguish Permaculture from Natural Farming

Just what are the differences between permaculture and natural farming? How are they connected, and where do they diverge in philosophy and principle?Those questions are answered in the following excerpt that is adapted from the newly released One-Straw Revolutionary, a book that delves into the philosophy and work of Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka […] Read More..