John from Growing Your Greens breaks the news that seed sharing in the USA has been deemed not legal and certain organizations are prohibited from freely sharing seeds… In this episode, John interviews Lawyer, Neil Thapar of the Sustainable Economies Law Center on how seed sharing has been deemed Illegal by certain states in the USA
60% of a person’s household water usage goes toward lawn and garden maintenance. During times of drought, our lawn and landscaping can become a bottomless pit where we are throwing away money to keep grass alive. Rather than spending exorbitant amounts of money to maintain landscaping, think outside of the box and choose a more
Growing your own food successfully is a constant process of learning which techniques work best for you and your plants. More often than not, we learn from the mistakes we make along the way, or through simple bits of advice from other gardeners. These short cuts handed down from other gardeners can save us valuable time.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently reported that although Wisconsin holds the second-highest number of organic farms in the country, consumer demand for organic produce and meat outpaces supply. The report also says that while conventional farmers continue to age, almost one-third of Wisconsin’s organic farmers are now under 45. Additionally, new farmers in Wisconsin are
Watch this important video. And then watch it again with your friends. Thierry Vrain, a retired biologist and genetic engineer, explains the links between glyphosate (the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup), GMO food and your health. For everyone who has trouble explaining to friends and family why this issue is so important, and why banning
For decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has known that Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide, marketed under names like Dursban and Lorsban, is dangerous to children and farmworkers. And yet, the EPA has allowed the continued use of this dangerous pesticide on golf courses, on parks and on farms—where it drifts onto food. In her recent
From a sustainability standpoint, herbs are one of the easiest plants to produce. Many of the herbs we grow are perennials and will produce for many years. Drying herbs is a great way to save money and use for cooking or to enjoy for aromatherapy needs. That said, we haven’t completely put these perennials to their full potential. Harvesting Your Tea Growing
By: Jan Cottingham | Arkansas Business - At least a dozen Arkansas farmers have joined hundreds of farmers in 19 other states in almost 800 lawsuits against Swiss seed maker Syngenta over genetically modified corn seed, a case that has been widely reported in the media. But one of the lawsuits, filed on behalf of
We all have the best of intentions in the beginning of summer. We plan on spending the season growing a beautiful lush garden. As the summer drags on, avoiding the heat becomes the top priority. From the neglect, your garden suffers. The plants may not be thriving, there may be bug infestations, or root rot. Inevitably,
On Friday, February 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the first genetically engineered apple, despite hundreds of thousands of petitions asking the USDA to reject it. According an article in Politico, the USDA said the GMO apple “doesn’t pose any harm to other plants or pests.” Great. But what about potential harm to
For anyone looking into caring for bees, this is the article for you! The biggest concern for beekeeping newcomers is acquiring all of the needed equipment, as well as finding the time involved in collecting the honey. You are right to have these concerns – caring for bees is a commitment. You have to invest time and
To live more sustainably, I have a small garden bed in my backyard to grow food for my family. Although it isn’t as large as I would like it be and certainly could not grow a year’s worth of food, I am able to grow plenty of fresh vegetables to make sauces, salsas and salad ingredients.
Although Europe has for the most part rejected genetically engineered organisms, that has not prevented GMO giant Monsanto from taking advantage of one-third of Europe’s arable land. Long considered Europe’s “bread basket,” Ukraine’s agricultural potential is huge. It’s rich dark soil is highly valued and ideal for growing grain. Farmland producing it matches Texas in
Over the last few years, prices for livestock feed has steadily risen for various reasons, making it more difficult to feed our chickens the organic diet we prefer they have. In order to cut costs, we looked into creating a fodder system that would sprout seeds such as wheat, barley, oats, clover, dandelion, alfalfa, sunflower seeds and
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Ask anyone who’s not a gardener what’s in season right now. Go ahead, I’ll wait here, because it won’t take long. Did you get met with a blank stare and perhaps some mention of potatoes and onions? We’ve become so far removed from the land that most folks don’t even know what vegetables are in