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

November 24, 2020 / Comments Off on The Changing Face of Fruit Growing in California: 5 Ways The Industry Has Evolved
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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 […]

Food Waste Overview & Ways to Reduce It

November 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Food Waste Overview & Ways to Reduce It
Boxes of halved orange peels require food waste solutions.

In 2012, an eye-opening report was published by the NRDC entitled Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill. Before this report was released, no one really had any idea about food waste, and discussions soon began at a federal […]

Three Ways to Make Compost Quickly and Easily

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

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

October 8, 2020 / Comments Off on How to Build Up Your Topsoil Naturally
farming soil

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

October 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Compost Tea: What is it and How to Make Your Own
tea with fall leaves

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

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

September 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Utilizing Small Spaces Productively
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Table of Contents Be Selective Think about Layers Ensure the Best Conditions for Your Plants Companion Planting, Guilds, and More Applying the Principles on a Larger Scale One of the challenges of a rapidly increasing global population is that each person and family has less space for growing food. Traditionally, […]

Design Principles for A Sustainable Farm

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?

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 […]

Regenerative Farming Put into Practice

September 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Regenerative Farming Put into Practice
Fallen apples sitting on top of abundant organic matter.

In our initial post about regenerative agriculture, we introduced the concept of restorative growing as an umbrella term for regenerative farming practices that rebuild the topsoil, restore diversity, improve the water cycle, and sequester carbon. In this post, we’ll show you how to put restorative agriculture into practice in your […]