Home » October 2019 Issue is Available October 2019 Issue is Available October 27, 2019 Our theme for October is about adding biodiversity to your fields, and we have a number of pieces to help you build your biodiversity system, with articles by Paul Dorrance, Anita Stone, Karin Deneke, and a special interview with ecologist and arborist Akiva Silver. The October issue of Acres U.S.A. magazine is now available for sale, both in digital form and in print, for just $6.00. The issue, volume #580 in our catalog, features 100 pages of information focused on building biodiversity on your property. Articles include: A Balanced Soil DietBy SPENCER SMITHPlant diversity — yes, even a few weeds — can improve soil health in the same way a diverse diet boosts the gut microbiome. Goats For GoodBy ANNELIESE ABBOTTA Michigan operation is using management intensive grazing to restore soil health and make mouth-watering, sought-after cheeses. Certification ConfusionBy LEAH SMITHFood labels and certifications can be bewildering for consumers and farmers alike. Learn what they mean and why they don’t always tell the whole story. Advent of Eco-FarmingBy ANNELIESE ABBOTTEcology wasn’t just invented in the 1970s. Understanding that farmers must work with, not against, nature has deeper roots in history. Biodynamic OriginsBy ROB VOLLMERThe legacy of Rudolf Steiner lives on at modern organic farms across the world. Who was this philosopher and polymath? New Farm Finance By LEIGH GLENNInnovative investment groups look for long-term investments in ecologically sound organic farms, not just short-term profits. Homestead TechiesBy ANITA B. STONELiving off the land doesn’t mean living like a Luddite. Homesteaders across the country are looking for a technological edge. Bank on Bale GardeningBy KARIN DENEKEStraw bales are a great material to use for raised-bed gardens, which work well for those gardeners who are looking to save their knees. Loud and ClearBy LEIGH GLENNWhen hiring workers or apprentices, farmers and ranchers must establish clear lines of communication to succeed in the end. Interview: Akiva SilverA visionary ecologist and arborist talks about his latest book, Trees of Power: Ten Essential Arboreal Allies, a hopeful work that extols the earth-healing properties of our grandest plants.