September 2017 Issue PDF

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The Acres U.S.A. September 2017 issue; Vol. 47, No. 9; contains the following:


Biological Inoculants for Soil Health
by Bryan O'Hara
Connecticut vegetable farmer Bryan O’Hara explains the steps and processes for applying Korean Natural Farming principles through the use of Indigenous Microorganisms to boost soil fertility.

Farming Under the Canopy
by Tamara Scully
Medicinal plants such as ginseng, black cohosh, mayapple, goldenseal and other native woodland plants offer opportunities for forest farmers to profit from a non-timber crop harvest.

Common Ground
by Stephanie Hiller
Originally created to preserve open space, land trusts have begun to extend their reach to include and support agriculture.

Facebook Groups to the Rescue
by Allie Hymas
While exchange of information on the internet moves at warp speed, the farming community online still holds many of the values characteristic of the farming communities of yesteryear: a neighborly, helpful posture toward others who need a hand.

Top Apps for Smart Farmers
by Andrew French
In order to be successful in our land management we have to utilize systems thinking to understand the scope of what we are attempting to do on our farms, and apps may help us understand and manage those systems.

Bio-Intensive Growing
by Francesca Camillo
With a focus on soil health and community education, British Columbia organic farmer Jordan Marr is keeping his land, family and business healthy.

Taking a Family Sabbatical
by Tracy Frisch
If you have a yearning to immerse yourself in a different environment away from your farm for a stretch of time, use this article, highlighting two farmers who were able to get away while keeping the farm afloat, as a guide.



View from the Country

Letters to the Editor

Opinion: Make America Organic Again
Melinda Hemmelgarn delvesinto news and happenings from the 35th National Pesticide Forum.

The Harvest Table: Get Sassy in the Kitchen
Few plants have been traditionally and effectively used in so many ways as sassafras. Learn the secrets of this pungent workhorse.

Stock & Flock: Four-Legged Peace of Mind
Raising livestock and poultry comes with many challenges, and predation is high on that list. Losses to predators threaten the existence of livestock and poultry operations around the world. What would you give to know your stock is being protected 24 hours a day 365 days a year?

Small-Scale Success: Organic Farming in South Florida
Couple cultivates local market, specializes in offering an array of tomato varieties.

Reviews & Recommendations
From in-depth book reviews to innovative websites and beyond, here are our picks.




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