A Bloggin' We Shall Go: Your Favorite Blog Posts from 2016
Ah, 2016 – where did the time fly?
It seems like only earlier this year we were excited about designing swales and getting to know more about no-till farming, and we ended up focusing on the heart, ketogenic diets and seeking a bio-abundant future.
While the top 7 blog posts of the year don’t exactly share a single theme, they are emblematic of how Chelsea Green readers continue to seek out new information, and new ways to do old jobs. Or, old ways to do new things. Or just the right way to do new and old things. It works out fine either way for us.
Take a spin back through the year via this seven posts, and maybe bookmark them for projects that you’ll need to get to in 2017.
Here is a quick rundown of the top blog posts. Did you click on any of them? If so, thank you. If not … well, there’s still time. Three of these posts are how-to tips from author Shawn Jadrnicek (pictured right) and his book The Bio-Integrated Farm, which was released in early 2016. The blog posts featuring Shawn were part of our annual Permaculture Month series, in which we put several Chelsea Green permaculture experts at your disposal to ask those burning questions about swales, no-till farming, and much more.
The full list, ordered by date of appearance.
Author Thomas Cowan: The Heart is Not a Pump (November)
Flowers are starting to bloom! School yourself on flower pinching to determine whether or not you are getting the most out of your flowers. The following gardening tip is from The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers by Lynn Byczynski. Pinching can be used to increase yield and to…Read More
Most people don’t start farming to crunch numbers and expenses. Like any business, even small-scale farmers need to consider their income and expenses. In his chapter on economics, Mike Madison breaks down everything he reported on his Form 1040, Schedule F: Profit or Loss from Farming to give readers a good idea of what kind of accounting…Read More
Why is it that approximately 40% of children now have a food allergy? Is the industrial food system to blame or modern medical practices? Perhaps a combination of both… Michelle Perro, MD and Vincanne Adams, PhD would certainly say so. The following excerpt is from Michelle Perro and Vincanne Adams’ book, What’s Making Our Children Sick?: How…Read More
Interested in getting started with silvopasture? Consider purchasing a flock of poultry, which add plenty of value to your managed ecosystem (pest control, soil turnover, etc.) and derive benefits of their own to fluorish be productive livestock. You will have to decide, though, which type of poultry will work best with your particular ecosystem: chickens,…Read More
Composting doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive, especially for a small farm. There is a lot of expensive equipment on the market to precisely monitor your compost, but author Ben Hartman is here to share his strategies for avoiding those unnecessary costs. The following excerpt is from The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables by Ben…Read More