A new feature to our magazine in 2019 is themes with every single issue, so our February issue is filled with items focused to help you grow your farm.
The February 2019 issue includes features about tapping into mountain forests, vetting new opportunities for your farm, growing into the organic marketplaces, and an interview with advocate, teacher, researcher and author Eric Holt-Giménez who discusses the global food system, economics and peasant farmers. Here is a list of just some of the features in the February issue:
A Farmer Walks into a Restaurant
by Leigh Glenn
If you are considering moving into wholesaling, this article provides key points from several farmers, from setting prices to successfully approaching business owners and keeping local chefs happy.
Agricultural Advice from Warren Buffett
by Leah Smith
Farmer Leah Smith dissects Warren Buffett’s “10 Rules for Success” and illustrates how they apply to any business, even the business of operating a sustainable farm.
Making Pawpaws Profitable
by Brian Allnutt
In the eastern United States, the pawpaw’s biggest selling point might be its connection to our native ecologies and local foodways. Find out if growing this distinctive fruit might work for your farm.
The Humus Masterclass
by Jon Frank
Using corn as an example, consultant Jon Frank explains humus versus organic matter and how to keep your crops and soil vibrant.
Connecting People to Food
by Lauren Turner
Small-scale farms cannot compete with larger farms on price alone, but they can compete favorably on freshness, flavor and variety. This is where direct sales can pay off.
The Soil Crisis
by Anneliese Abbott
This article is the third in a series focused on the history of organic agriculture in America and those who played a prominent role in shaping the movement.
Managing For the Future, Today
by Tara Maxwell
Attendees from across the United States and around the globe converged at the 2018 Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, for an invaluable learning and networking opportunity.
Tapping Mountain Forests
by Emily Sides
Emily Sides provides a look at the maple syrup producers of Virginia’s Highland County and a popular agritourism event that draws more than 50,000 people annually.
Pursuing New Opportunities
by Rocky Womack
Transitions don’t just happen in big businesses. Small farmers must occasionally readjust their thinking and find a new direction. That’s what happened for Becky and Lawrence Latané, owners and operators of Blenheim Organic Gardens in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
Interview: Eric Holt-Giménez
The Agrarian Transition
Advocate, teacher, researcher and author Eric Holt-Giménez discusses the global food system, economics and peasant farmers.