April 2020 Issue
Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, April 2020 | Issue #586 Copyright 2020, 100 pages
Time for Transition
BY DARBY SIMPSON
Small farms should stop trying to fit in and just get weird instead. Transitioning into the organic niche can be a wise business decision.
A Farm with a Plan
BY ABBEY SMITH
Holistic Management is about more than grass-fed cattle — it’s also about envisioning the long-term future of your land.
Economist Turned Soil Champion
BY ALLIE HYMAS
A Northern California man went from Wall Street to ranch life using a land ethic that values the health of his soil.
Farmers Take Cover
BY LAUREN KRIZANSKY
A Colorado farmer and a rancher team up to enrich the carbon cycle on a potato farm by uniting grazing animals and cover crops.
The Possibilities of pH
BY W. F. BRINTON
The concept of soil pH is often misunderstood. Learn how farmers can put the measurement into proper perspective.
BY ANNELIESE ABBOTT
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring stirs major controversy and debate in post-war America, with big industries leading the opposition.
Small if Beautiful
BY LEAH SMITH
Learn how to get big vegetable production from relatively small spaces. The time to start planning your market garden is now.
Interview: Bryan O’Hara
Bryan O’Hara, a farmer based in Lebanon, Connecticut, has developed a no-till, pesticide-free system over many years. And now he’s shared his wisdom in a new book: No-Till Intensive Vegetable Production: Pesticide-Free Methods for Restoring Soil and Growing Nutrient-Rich, High-Yielding Crops.
VIEW FROM THE COUNTRY
Monthly musings from Acres U.S.A.’s editor.
OPINION: Claiming Their Rightful Place
BY JUDITH MCGEARY
Now is the time for regenerative farmers to fight for space to. create regional food systems for the future.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Readers share their thoughts on past articles and words of encouragement.
News in brief from around the world on developments in eco-farming technology, organic food and farming, human health and vital environmental issues.
CONSULTANT’S CORNER: Tools of the Trailblazer
BY JON FRANK
Agriculture pioneer Carey Reams used a quiver of tools to advance farming techniques that result in more nutritious food.
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: What Kind of Entrepreneur Are You?
BY TIM YOUNG
Being honest about your strengths and weaknesses is the beginning of starting a successful farming business.
STOCK & FLOCK: The Process of Poultry
BY LEIGH GLENN
A Florida farm finds success with a vertically integrated model for poultry production.
REVIEWS & RECOMMENDATIONS
From in-depth book reviews to innovative websites and beyond, here’s what’s on our radar.
We let you know when and where exciting eco-farming events are happening.
MEET AN ECO-FARMER
Get to know fellow innovative farmers putting ecologically correct production principles to work, resulting in profitable, sustainable operations.
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