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Organic farming a Santa Cruz mainstay

By Maria Gaura, Santa Cruz County is a pioneer in organic agriculture, with trendsetting organic farms, restaurants and specialty foods.

Organic farming a Santa Cruz mainstay

By Maria Gaura, Santa Cruz County is a pioneer in organic agriculture, with trendsetting organic farms, restaurants and specialty foods.

Organic farming excellent way to mitigate climate change

Organic farming excellent way to mitigate climate change

byBrenda Frick, Ph.D., P.Ag,

Green manure crops like clover can help conserve energy by substituting for synthetic fertilizers commonly used in traditional production methods. | USDA/Flickr.com photo

Green manure crops like clover can help conserve energy by substituting for synthetic fertilizers commonly used in traditional production methods. | USDA/Flickr.com photo

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released an update on the impacts of climate change. The storm is upon us.

We can no longer speculate that maybe weather will get weird. Weird is…

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North Coast growers adjust to drought despite rains

North Coast growers adjust to drought despite rains

By Jeff Quackenbush,

photo via www.pressdemocrat.com

photo via http://www.pressdemocrat.com

Despite significant rains in March and February, North Coast winegrape growers are honing their skills in using less water as the threat of spring frost, summer heat and long-term drought loom in their minds.

“I don’t think anyone had any illusions that we would get so much it filled our shortage problems,” said Duff Bevill, whose…

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Industrial hemp bills would legalize research in Michigan

Industrial #hemp bills would legalize research in #Michigan

By Jonathan Oosting,

Derek Cross, a chef who specializes in cooking with hemp, helps harvest the plant in Springfield, Colorado, in late 2013. AP Photo | Kristen Wyatt

Derek Cross, a chef who specializes in cooking with hemp, helps harvest the plant in Springfield, Colorado, in late 2013.
AP Photo | Kristen Wyatt

LANSING, MI — State lawmakers are looking to legalize industrial hemp research in Michigan and dispel misconceptions about the product, which is in the same plant family as marijuana but does not include significant levels of the…

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Wal-Mart’s Organic Push With Wild Oats Foods Inspires Praise, But Raises Questions

Wal-Mart’s #Organic Push With Wild Oats Foods Inspires Praise, But Raises Questions

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Wal-Mart announced Thursday that it will begin selling Wild Oats brand organic products. Reuters/Sam Mircovich

Wal-Mart announced Thursday that it will begin selling Wild Oats brand organic products. Reuters/Sam Mircovich

The announcement by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) that it will begin to carry a line of organic food products sent ripples through the food and grocery industries, as the decision by the nation’s largest retailer pointed to the growing influence of health-savvy…

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Vermont Senate votes 26-2 for GMO labeling

Vermont Senate votes 26-2 for #GMO #labeling

Terri Hallenbeck, Free Press Staff Writer,

photo via www.burlingtonfreepress.com

photo via http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

MONTPELIER – The Senate gave a decisive 26-2 vote Tuesday for a bill that would require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, a strong indication that Vermont could become the first state in the nation to enact such a law.

“We are saying people have a right to know what’s in their…

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Farm turns up the juice on organic cranberry business

Farm turns up the juice on organic cranberry business

by Mike Williams,

Starvation Alley Farms got its organic certification in October and is on its way toward proving you can grow organic cranberries and make a profit. organic-farm-cranberries

photo via localfoods-localeconomy.blogspot.com

LONG BEACH, Wash. — The operators of Starvation Alley Farms aim to prove general wisdom wrong by profitably growing organic cranberries.

Jared Oakes and Jessika Tantisook began farming…

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Chile, on the verge of achieving organic farming certification system with the EC

Chile, on the verge of achieving organic farming certification system with the EC

Chilean Vineyard

Chilean Vineyard via en.wikipedia.org

via Odepa.cl
On March 12, 2014, the European Union responded to the request made by Chile to be included in the European list of third countries recognized in Annex III of European regulation 1235/2008 as being the equivalent in organic farming; a process in which Chile has been working towards for several years.

In its statement, received by Chile on March…

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St. Paul aquaponic company produces organic vegetables year-round

St. Paul aquaponic company produces organic vegetables year-round

Kaleis one of the crops being grown in the green house..Photo: Richard Sennott

Kaleis one of the crops being grown in the green house..Photo: Richard Sennott

The land of sky blue waters has become the land of bright green vegetables.

The former Hamm’s brewery in St. Paul, built over artesian wells that led to the company’s iconic motto, has been repurposed as an aquaponic facility that uses the water to grow fish and vegetables. As…

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Achieving soil organic matter goals for farming enterprises

Achieving soil organic matter goals for farming enterprises

by Terry E. Poole, Principal Agent Emeritus

soil

photo via http://www.wmswcd.org

I regularly have people contact me about how to begin an organic farming enterprise. Most people are shocked when they learn that one or two years of green manure crops are not enough to build their soil’s organic matter to what is needed, and that this process will take years of good soil stewardship to reach their goal.…

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