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The summer is over and growing your own food in the garden has been fun and rewarding. If you have the land and inkling to move forward to actual farming, you’ll need some tools and tips to graduate to a full-fledged organic farm.
As exciting as it is, you need to work on making your farm as functional and profitable as possible. Organic farming is a big task that requires know-how, business acumen, and the right tools to get it right. Having a green thumb doesn’t hurt either!
From farm barn sheds to vehicles, you need to look at the nine things below so that you get it all right and your farm can run well.
My profession and personal life have been interwoven and influenced by Albert Lusk over the decades. He was driven by his passion for organic agriculture and founded Albert’s Organics in 1980 when Whole Foods had one location.
I was working at Community Foods, a Natural Food Store in Santa Cruz, in the early 1980s. When Albert began delivering organic produce from Southern CA, our store expanded its organic offerings.
He came to be a friend and a mentor, sometimes a competitor, and he married my good friend, Claris Ritter.
Over time his company became the largest certified organic wholesale distributor of organically grown fresh produce in the United States. It was purchased by United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) in 1998. A few years later, UNFI purchased my company, Source Organic. I became part of the Albert’s Organic family and carried on his legacy there.
Albert retired and moved to Costa Rica. He was fond of hiking to a wild waterfall in Braulio Carillo National Park.
In late September, he went missing with his car as the only clue to his whereabouts near this densely forested region.
While the search is not over, the story of this organic pioneer can be heard from the many produce veterans who helped him build a nationwide organic produce network.
It’s the beginning of fall here in the Northern Hemisphere. My garden is in its final throes of budding with stubborn late-season beans, squash and cucumbers. The pollinators are still hungrily at work, careening about with great pantaloons of golden pollen.
The earth has tilted as it has for a millennium, yet all is not as it once was. Our pollinators, honeybees and butterflies, are in the midst of a great epoch of decline. In fact, it’s the same for all winged insects.
This “insect apocalypse” includes the decimation of bees and butterflies—the very pollinators responsible for one in three bites of food we eat.
Food retailers are just beginning to address the routine use of toxic pesticides in their supply chains that contribute to pollinator decline. Friends of The Earth aims to accelerate their progress.
My eyes water from the smoke and the displaced people—the lost wildlife and ecosystems. Zombie fires are erupting in the Arctic regions.
Sea levels are rising, and some believe that the dramatic changes in the Arctic suggest climate change could return Earth to Pliocene conditions of 3 million years ago. They say Florida and California’s Central Valley would be underwater, and it would be too hot to grow corn and wheat in the Midwest and Great Plains.
This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is on a record pace with 23 named storms through September. With two more months of hurricane season ahead, I fear we will suffer more flooding and damage.
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has laid it out pretty clearly: “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.”
With a world gone mad with political and social upheaval, what can a person do to engage in mitigating the cause of these extreme events?