September 2019 Issue PDF
Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, September 2019 | Issue #579 Copyright 2019, 100 pages (23 MB)
Life Lessons from a Prairie Sage
BY TRACY FRISCH
Living legend Gene Goven shares the soil-nourishing wisdom he’s learned over 50 years at his North Dakota ranch.
Farmer Sings Song of Freedom
BY LEIGH GLENN
Virginia’s Renard Turner takes on food apartheid and systemic racism while celebrating the liberation of rural self-reliance.
Weather and the American Farm
BY JILL HENDERSON
Sustainable farmers rely on cutting edge science to establish resilience in an era of climate uncertainty.
Rising Seas Meet Fighting Farmers
By BARBARA BERST ADAMS
Farmers learn to adapt and even thrive near rising ocean levels ands saline soils.
Waging War on American Soil
By ANNALIESE ABBOTT
In her ongoing series on the origins of the organic farming movement, Anneliese Abbott details how no-till farming gave rise to the use of toxic pesticides and herbicides.
A Richer Palette for Potatoes
BY DALE AND DARCY CAHILL
Red and blue heirloom potatoes are not longer a specialty food item for American farmers and consumers.
Bringing Nutrients Back to the Soil
BY LEAH SMITH
A movement is underway to fight a rise of diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The solution? More nutrient-dense food.
Interview: Michael Phillips
An influential orchardist talks about his latest book, Mycorrhizal Planet: How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility.
VIEW FROM THE COUNTRY
Monthly musings from Acre U.S.A.’s consulting editor.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Readers share their thoughts on past articles and words of encouragement.
OPINION: An Agrarian Ideal
BY CHAD HELLWINCKLE
Professor Chad Hellwinckle argues that our hope lies not in corporate consolidation or technology miracles, but in durable local economies.
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: Brix and Bugs
BY TOM DYKSTRA
Go figure. The healthier and tastier the plant, the less insects want to eat it.
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
BY TIM YOUNG
Tips to keep your farm business profitable and ahead of the curve.
THE HARVEST TABLE: Pining for Nutrition
BY KARIN DENEKE
They may not be easy to harvest, but pinyon nuts are high in healthy fat and vitamins and minerals.
HEALTH AND HEALING: The Road to Healing
BY ABBEY SMITH
Dr. Sina McCullough describes her journey into our dysfunctional food system and how she found a path to better health.
STOCK & FLOCK: Tour D’Coop
BY JODI HELLMER
How eco-tourism can work for your farm.
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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