July 2020 Issue

Acres U.S.A.

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Acres U.S.A., The Voice of Eco-Agriculture, July 2020 | Issue #589 Copyright 2020, 100 pages

FEATURES

Embracing Waste
BY GERRY GILLESPIE
Household organic waste — kitchen scraps, in other words — should help regenerative agriculture instead of rotting in landfills.

Turning to Trees
BY TRACY FRISCH
Inspired by the ideas of farmer Mark Shepard, farmers in New York State are betting on nut trees as the future of agriculture.

Finding the Thread
BY REBECCA BURGESS
You’ve heard of the Slow Food Movement, but what about Slow Clothes? Learn why your “fibershed” is just as important as where your food comes from.

Polyculture Pastime
BY LEIGH GLENN
A Florida man is using his backyard as a laboratory to create a food forest in a challenging climate.

Agricultural Getaway
BY DARCY AND DALE CAHILL
A multi-generational Italian family farm connects Rhode Island urbanites with an agricultural way of life.

Laws and Urban Land
BY LEAH PENNIMAN
Whether you decide to abide by the law, skirt the law or challenge the law, it is helpful to understand what restrictions apply to urban agriculture in your area.

Population Bomb
BY ANNELIESE ABBOTT
Fear of a plundered and overpopulated planet steered farming toward the intensive practices of industrial agriculture.

Interview: Stefan Sobkowiak
Orchardist Stefan Sobkowiak operates Miracle Farms in Quebec. Six of the farm’s twelve acres are a permaculture orchard — a U-pick polyculture food forest.

DEPARTMENTS

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

OPINION: Become a Climate Farmer
BY HUGH LOVEL
Farmers share much responsibility for global warming, which means they have the power to fight it.

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: Soil, Plant & Leaf
BY JON FRANK
Creating total system health for your crops requires a holistic feeding strategy that emphasizes nutrient uptake.

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS: Calculating Honest Prices
BY DARBY SIMPSON
Don’t look to your competitors to determine the value of your product — look to hard data instead.

STOCK & FLOCK: Japan via Vermont
BY DARCY CAHILL
One farmer transformed clay-heavy soil into a thriving operation that marries ducks and rice.

HARVEST TABLE: Meat with a Mission
BY ALLIE HYMAS
Washington State family aims to educate customers on the beauty of butchering.

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

MARKETPLACE

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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