August 2020 Issue

Acres U.S.A.

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Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, August 2020 | Issue #590 Copyright 2020, 100 pages, Physical Copy

FEATURES

Wines of Change
BY ALLIE HYMAS
From a beyond-organic vineyard in Oregon, Mimi Casteel is thinking about soil and social justice.

Master Manipulation
BY LAUREN KRIZANSKY
Cycling carbon back into the soil after harvest is a quest for balance and lasting fertility.

Back in Biology
BY LAUREN KRIZANSKY
Green, growing plants provide exudates and support changes in a microbial farming system.

The BFA Way
BY LEAH SMITH
Farm group identifies five key components for healthy soil: minerals, soil life, carbon, air and water.

Recipe for Life
BY NIGEL PALMER
Culturing indigenous microorganisms is an effective method to capture soil microbes for a farm or garden.

Good Bug, Bad Bug?
BY NICOLE MASTERS
Insects are not the enemy. They are a neccessary part of a healthy farm ecosystem.

Roly Poly Power
BY ANITA B. STONE
The tiny pill bug plays a big role in creating health soil and removing toxins.

Borlaug’s Legacy
BY ANNELIESE ABBOTT
The Green Revolution pioneer continues to generate controversy, particularly in the developing world. 

DEPARTMENTS

VIEW FROM THE COUNTRY
Monthly musings from Acres U.S.A.’s managing editor.

OPINION: Small Farm Fallacy
BY CHRIS NEWMAN
A romance with the independent family farm has undermined our collective power.

LETTERS
Readers share their on thoughts on past articles.

ECO-UPDATE
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: Olympic-level Soils
BY JON FRANK
Like a well-trained athlete, soils need a careful balance of inputs to produce gold-medal results.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: Plastic Problem
BY ANITA B. STONE
Farms, even organic ones, are addicted to plastic products that damage the ecosystem.

STOCK & FLOCK: The Big Drawdown
BY ABBEY AND SPENCER SMITH
Grant program fosters carbon sequestration through regenerative farming practices.

Farm Confessions
BY PAUL MEYER
Intern with a head full of book knowledge faces the sights, sounds and smells of the farm.

HARVEST TABLE: Okra for Days
BY CHRIS SMITH
Learn how to preserve an unheralded but delicious vegetable.

Fungi Feast
BY MICHAEL PHILLIPS
An introduction to edible mushrooms. 

REVIEWS & RECOMMENDATIONS
From in-depth book reviews to innovative websites and beyond, here’s what’s on our radar.

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CLASSIFIEDS

ECO-MEETINGS
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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