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Trees: The Fountains of Life

A grove of trees on an island

Trees. They are all around us. They come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and colors. They each have a unique scent, a unique feel, a unique purpose. But have you ever really thought about what immense life forces they are? How much power they hold and how much they give to us? The…

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How to Find Success as a New Farmer

Farmer standing in front of a tractor in a field

As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people are interested in going into agriculture, especially organic farming, but cannot find affordable land, or lack the conceptual framework and practical…

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Subsistence First: Strategies for the Long Haul

Illustration of grassy hills and farmland

Peasants, indigenous agriculturalists, and old-time American farming families farmed first and foremost to feed their own families and those in need in their communities—only secondarily, if at all, for a market. They may have practiced shifting agriculture or were settled permanently in villages; they may have been members of free, “primitive” or “tribal” societies, or…

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Finding and Keeping a New Age Farm Partner

a couple gazing into the distance

Anything involving farming almost always requires the help of another person, whether you’re feeding the animals or trying to decide if you want to expand the barn. Partnerships not only help with your personal life but the success of your business in the long run as well. Having someone to share the work and ease the…

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Becoming Resilient in an Ever-Changing World

sheep looking out on farm

One of the most important skills to have in life is to be able to adapt to the changes that come your way. Being resilient sets you up to succeed with any challenges that may arise, but it’s not always an easy task. However, if you follow a few simple guidelines you can better prepare…

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Common Applications for Composting with Animals

hens eating food scraps

When you think of a typical farm, you probably think of going out to feed the animals with a bucket of scraps. This has been one of the most common ways to recycle food for many years and helps reduce your waste footprint. However, composting with the help of animals is another technique used on…

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Young Farmers: Back to the Land and Down to Business

teenage farmers sitting in the field

If you haven’t been working on a farm since childhood or weren’t lucky enough to inherit one from your family, it can be difficult to build one from the ground up.  Farming takes more planning and thinking than meets the eye, but it’s not impossible. We’ve got you covered with how to proceed with your…

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Homesteading: Highlighting Our Need For Each Other

chickens, goats, and a young farmer feeding the animals

Homesteading isn’t meant to be a solitary adventure or done in isolation. Building and living on your land takes at least one partner, if not several. That’s why homesteaders have come to rely not just on their specialized skills but on the skills of their neighbors, family, friends, and other homesteaders as well. It doesn’t…

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Farming for the Long Haul: It Takes a Village

air shot of farming village

It’s almost impossible to be a successful community without a group of caretakers behind the scenes, making sure everyone’s needs are met. For hundreds of years, women made up these “caring communities,” supporting families, making food, and bettering community life. Though the makeup of these caring communities has changed over the years, the support provided…

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Go Lean: Ten Types of Farm Waste

farmer picking vegetables

Spring cleaning is a big deal for those who want to get rid of unnecessary clutter. People get rid of everything from old furniture to clothes and games. However, this doesn’t only apply to households–farms also have a lot of waste to get rid of that isn’t strictly food scraps or broken tractor parts. But…

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Permaculture Advice For Beginners

Gateway to a garden

Trying something for the first time can be intimidating, especially when it’s something as big as learning how to live off your land. But like with any new adventure you shouldn’t bite off too much at once. Instead, it’s better to take the time to properly plan and educate yourself on what it will take…

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The Phases of Composting

compost in a community garden

Although the stages of composting are very closely intertwined, each separate one has its own value and needs to be nurtured accordingly. The materials used go through several transformations: physical, biological, and chemical. Understanding each phase of this process is the first step in creating the best nutrients for your plants. The following is an…

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A Farm is More Than Land: Why Farm Infrastructure is Important

Barn in a field

The basis for a good farm isn’t just about finding a piece of land with great soil. No, to truly succeed on the farm you need a well-planned and implemented infrastructure coupled with hard work, dedication, and will-power. As farming practices continue to change, it’s important for the next generation to remember that insight and…

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The “American Farmer” Fallacy

Tractor clearing a field

For those who aren’t in the know, it may seem like all farmers are created equal, but that’s simply not the case. In fact, there is such a wide variety of farmers that it’s nearly impossible to put a label on them. But that doesn’t stop organizations from trying. The following is an excerpt from…

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Black Land Matters

hands covered in dirt

As a young black girl, Leah Penniman struggled to understand who she was and where she fit in with the world. There was one thing she did know – when she was connected to the earth she felt at home. But what did that mean? Was the land trying to tell her something about who…

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Who Are We as Farmers?

farmland with hay

Recently, farmers have been making the headlines because of the hardships they’re facing to sustain their farms. With larger, corporate farms running smaller, privately-owned farms out of business, it seems like many farmers are fighting an uphill battle. But, despite the small amount of money, long hours, and constant threats from the “big guys” farmers…

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Maple Syrup 101: Spouts, Tapping, and Trees

sugarbuckets attached to trees

Everything’s better with maple syrup. At least that’s what you’ll hear when you ask Vermonters. So what better way to solidify your love for all things maple than to learn how to make it yourself? We’re counting down the days until sugaring season begins and we can start setting taps, running lines, and collecting sap.…

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Breaking Down the Core Principles of Composting

Garbage truck with caption "What if everything could be used again?"

Composting is about more than just flinging your food scraps into a heap in your backyard. It’s about figuring out a way to give your unwanted food a new purpose while also helping the environment. And the best part is, the fundamental building blocks of composting systems are the same regardless of scale. The following…

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Hydroponic Versus Soil Growing: Which Should You Choose

Lettuce growing in a deep water culture system

You probably learned when you were young that plants need soil to get the essential nutrients needed to grow. However, there is another way you can give your plants what they need to flourish. A hydroponic system uses water-based fertilizer as opposed to soil fertilizer. This practice is relatively new to farmers, though it is…

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Winter Gardening Without Heated Greenhouses

Greenhouse covered in snow

It might seem like a myth that you can grow food in an unheated greenhouse during the winter, but we’re here to prove you wrong. As long as there is sunlight there are several techniques you can use to keep your crops warm enough to harvest well into the cold weather. The key? Layers. Just…

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Deciphering the Many Varieties of Tomatoes

Tomato Plants in a Greenhouse

If you’re a tomato connoisseur you probably already know just how many varieties of these delicious summertime staples there are. But do you know what makes each one unique? Or how to cultivate them depending on your growing environment? No? Well then sit back and enjoy the read! The following is an excerpt from The…

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How to Use Climate Maps to Navigate the Winter Harvest

harvesting

Continuing to grow your crops and harvest them well into the winter months seems like an impossible task. How can they grow when weather conditions are far from warm sunny days? It’s all about adapting to what the season gives you. With the proper techniques and studying the patterns of your area’s climate, growing and…

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Four Books for Growing Food in Winter

Sprouts Growing in a Greenhouse

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food! For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season by following just a few of the techniques outlined in the books below. And, there’s…

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