May 2020 Issue PDF
Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, May 2020 | Issue #587 Copyright 2020, 100 pages (35.5 MB)
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Farming in a Time of Fear
In a special report, Acres U.S.A. contributors Tracy Frisch, Leigh Glenn, Allie Hymas, Abbey Smith and Lauren Krizansky talked with farmers across the country about how the coronavirus pandemic is upending their lives. What they found were resilient people who are determined to keep feeding their communities.
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BY ALLIE HYMAS
Community supported agriculture is an old concept, but this direct connection between farmers and families has taken on a new relevance as the American economy shuts down.
BY NANCY AND JOHN HAYDEN
Vermont farmers outline a permaculture approach that works with nature to develop solutions that regenerate the soil.
BY TRACY FRISCH
A Canadian farm shows that a value-added approach to farming can pay of in an age of commodity pricing.
BY DOUG FINE
Growing hemp is one thing, but finding equipment that will get the job done is an adventure unto itself.
Feeding the World
BY ANNELIESE ABBOTT
The discredited ideas of a 19th century philosopher on food supply and overpopulation still dominate agriculture conversations and policies.
Interview: Shane New
Shane New works with his Understanding Ag partners — Gabe Brown, Ray Archuletta and Allen Williams — to help farmers all over the country apply the principles of regenerative agriculture in order to bring profitability back to their operations.
VIEW FROM THE COUNTRY
Monthly musings from Acres U.S.A.’s managing editor.
OPINION: Facing Down Fear
BY CLAY POPE
An Oklahoma farmer is confident small farmers can find resilience in a time of uncertainty and panic.
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: The Shock of the Soil
BY JON FRANK
Electromagnetic energy is a lifeforce that flows through the soil, the plants and us. Good farmers will learn how to harness it.
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: Making a Living Wage
BY DIEGO FOOTER
Farmers must be brutally honest about their economic prospects. Careful planning is essential to transitioning away from farming as an expensive hobby.
HEALTH & HEALING: Raising Cannabis Consciousness
BY LEIGH GLENN
Tammi Sweet’s new book, The Wholistic Healing Guide to Cannabis, looks to reclaim a controversial herb for human health.
HEALTH & HEALING: Practicing Self Care
BY JEFF TKACH
Now is a perfect time to take control of your health and happiness.
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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