Our Guide to PACA: The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act

By jmb23007 / November 24, 2020 / 0 Comments
An open produce truck outside in the daytime.

As a grower, you know how important it is to be paid promptly for your produce. You have workers to pay, supplies to purchase, and machinery and facilities to maintain. Usually, buyers have 10 days from the date of receipt of produce to pay for the goods “promptly” and up […]

How Healthier Restaurant Menus are Transforming the Business

By jmb23007 / November 24, 2020 / 0 Comments
Basil-topped pizza appearing in healthy restaurant menus.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, vegetable and fruit agriculture has been heading in the direction of homogenization — with the arrival of genetically-modified varieties in 1973 only accelerating the process. However, customer demand for healthy restaurant menus has begun to turn the tide in the opposite direction with […]

The Changing Face of Fruit Growing in California: 5 Ways The Industry Has Evolved

By jmb23007 / November 24, 2020 / 0 Comments
Man Loading Four Crates Very Full Of Fruit on Moving Belt in Black and White Image

In the year 1769, Father Junipero Serra planted the first citrus seeds while building the California missions. Little did he know that he would become part of the history of California’s booming fruit industry — an industry that now earns California over $1 billion per year. Discover the humble beginnings […]

Three Ways to Make Compost Quickly and Easily

By jmb23007 / October 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Three Ways to Make Compost Quickly and Easily

There’s nothing like the rich, earthy smell of mature compost and the sight of wriggly earthworms working their way through the mix. The results of applying compost to your soil can be equally as delightful, with better soil structure, increased water filtration, and a healthier and more nutrient-dense harvest. Discover […]

How to Build Up Your Topsoil Naturally

By jmb23007 / October 8, 2020 / Comments Off on How to Build Up Your Topsoil Naturally

Life begins from the soil — and in many cases — the top six inches of soil that’s commonly referred to as topsoil. In this thin layer of earth, we can find an incredibly rich ecosystem of soil life and nutrients that works together to create strong, healthy plants, and […]

Compost Tea: What is it and How to Make Your Own

By jmb23007 / October 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Compost Tea: What is it and How to Make Your Own

Compost is perfect for home gardens and small-scale market gardens, but what if you need to improve the soil over dozens of hectares of acres? Whether your specialty is annuals or fruit and nut trees, compost tea provides a cost-effective way to add soluble nutrients to your soil and foliage […]

How to Start (and Maintain) a Community Garden

By jmb23007 / October 8, 2020 / Comments Off on How to Start (and Maintain) a Community Garden

Starting a community garden is a fantastic way to connect people from all walks of life in the production of healthy food, and to teach the next generation of children where food comes from and how it’s grown. Follow these community garden ideas to establish a successful — and sustainable — […]

Utilizing Small Spaces Productively

By jmb23007 / September 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Utilizing Small Spaces Productively
A white wall covered with ivy and flowering plants.

One of the challenges of a rapidly increasing global population is that each person and family has less space for growing food. Traditionally, families had their own herb and vegetable garden, with many families owning a milk cow and planting fruit trees in their garden as well. Today, over half […]

Design Principles for A Sustainable Farm

By jmb23007 / September 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Design Principles for A Sustainable Farm
A grassy sustainable farming landscape at sunrise.

Sustainable farming isn’t a new idea. In fact, it’s what growers have been doing for thousands of years! What has changed is the amount that today’s farmers are required to produce and the techniques that they typically use to achieve this. Chemical fertilizers, strong pesticides, genetically-modified seeds, and heavy-duty machinery […]

What is Permaculture?

By jmb23007 / September 8, 2020 / Comments Off on What is Permaculture?
A grassy field with an insect hotel, scarecrow, and trellised vines

At its most basic, permaculture gardening is a sustainable approach to growing that looks to nature to provide the most appropriate solutions. By sustainable, we mean a system that can continue indefinitely. In the world of economics, a sustainable approach to spending doesn’t go beyond one’s means. In the same […]