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Six limiting factors in your soil that will make or break your organic farm

By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff Organic farms and grazing operations are only as good as their worst resources, says Oregon-based grazier Abe Collins. “Soil is our primary infrastructure on the farm,” said Collins, who spoke at the recent Organic Alberta conference. “Biologically, chemically, and physically, you need to be looking at the limiting factors in your […]

Organic spuds ain’t no small potatoes

Ron Lyseng OrganicBiz staff At least one organic farmer has figured out how to grow potatoes without the usual weekly dose of chemicals. It’s a myth that potatoes demand synthetic protection, according to Brent Harris of Fraserland Organic Farms in Delta B.C. He said you can grow a healthy potato crop once your land has […]

Grazing through a drought

Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff When drought hits, you can blame Mother Nature — but management practices also come into play. “I don’t want to say that it doesn’t matter what happens with rain and that all drought is man made because of bad management,” said Vermont grazier Abe Collins. “That’s a very extreme position. Sometimes […]

U.S. offering internship for organic seed production

OrganicBiz staff The U.S.-based Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) have launched a new internship program designed to link wannabe organic seed producers with experienced seed farmers. According to the OSA website site, the program’s six-month internships are available that combine hands-on education, farm-based independent study, and classroom and […]