September 2018 Issue PDF

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Keeping Regional Crops Alive
by Tamara Scully
Crops that fed our ancestors and provided a sense of place are disappearing, but some growers and researchers are dedicated to the continuation of these old favorites, refusing to allow them — and our food roots — to disappear.

A Kentucky Success Story
by Barbara Berst Adams
As the tobacco market waned, the small blue fruit became a successful, sustainable and healthy new crop for a region in which it had never previously been grown.

From Grass to Glass
by Leigh Glenn
As dairymen across the country face tough times, pastured organic milk is still going strong. Find out how two Virginia farmers are keeping their eye on soil and animal vitality for healthy returns.

Contain the Cute: The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media Pictures
by Dr. Roxanne Bruce, D.B.A.
Learn how to successfully navigate the world of online marketing for your farm, ranch or other agricultural enterprise.

Sunn Hemp: Soil-Building Superhero with Forage Potential
by Anne Cumbie Randle
Sunn hemp possesses many soil-building traits, including high rates of biomass production and has the potential to fill an important gap in summer annual grazing.

Manure Happens: Usage & Benefits
by Christopher Cumo
For eco-farmers striving to use the best inputs available, the quality of manure used to boost crop and soil health is a growing concern.

Interview: Defending a Way of Life
Professor, farmer and author Philip Ackerman-Leist discusses how one European town was able to push back against pesticides and Big Apple.


View from the Country
Monthly musings from Acres U.S.A.’s publisher. 

Letters to the Editor
Readers share their thoughts on past articles and words of encouragement.

Opinion: Organic Seed Follow-Up
Mark Keating continues the discussion over the seed sourcing requirements in the organic standards and what he believes is an organic farmer’s statutory right to determine the variety and source of the seed they plant. 

News in brief from around the world on developments in eco-farming technology, organic food and farming, human health and vital environmental issues.

Science on Your Side
Acres U.S.A. highlights recent research and what it means for you.

The Harvest Table: Self-Reliant Gardening
Carel Struycken has long been interested in the principles of permaculture, not only as they relate to growing fruits and vegetables but also because of the perspective it gives him on human activities.

Stock & Flock: Noble Beasts on the Farm
Retired veterinarian, consultant and farmer Will Winter shares tips for getting the most of out of a canine farm hand in part one of this two part article.  

Small-Scale Success: America’s Native Bamboo
Jill Henderson shares ways to identify, cultivate and utilize America’s three distinct native species of bamboo.

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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