Planting, Transplanting & Pruning Trees (Excerpt, “The Home-Scale Forest Garden”)

The following excerpt is from Dani Baker’s new book Home-Scale Forest Garden: How to Plan, Plant, and Tend a Resilient Edible Landscape (Chelsea Green Publishing, May 2022) and is reprinted with permission from the publisher. Planting Potted Trees & Shrubs If you order potted trees, check with your supplier to find out where the plants … Read more

Increasingly Heavy Farm Vehicles Are Crushing Soil Health

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. What does a modern combine harvester and a Diplodocus have in common? One answer, it seems, may be their big footprints on the soil. A new study led by researchers from Sweden and Switzerland has found that the weight … Read more

The Prison Garden Empowering Women to Pursue Growth

Behind a women’s prison facility in Atlanta, there’s a garden about a quarter of an acre in size. Despite its small area, it produces plenty of blackberries, tomatoes, peppers and more—enough to feed the women growing the food, as well as a nearby community. Sitting between two buildings, the garden is surrounded by pollinators that … Read more

Raise Broilers Right For Great Meat, Good Quality Of Life

With the recent concerns around food supplies nationwide, there has been an increased interest in homesteading, sustainable living and local food sourcing. Commonly, meat chickens are the first attempt at raising one’s own meat source. The most popular choice is usually Cornish cross broilers, which grow quickly and can weigh a whopping 6 pounds in … Read more

Yes, the Government Really Does Stash Billions of Pounds of Cheese in Missouri Caves

If you had millions of pounds of cheese—along with butter and dry-milk powders—where would you keep it? If you’re the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the answer is obvious: in a series of caves outside underneath Springfield, Missouri. It’s not as wacky as it sounds. The USDA has a large presence in Kansas City, … Read more

How More Than a Century of Antarctic Agriculture Is Helping Scientists Grow Food in Space

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Figuring out how to feed people in space is a major part of a larger effort to demonstrate the viability of long-term human habitation of extraterrestrial environments. On May 12, 2022, a team of scientists announced that they had … Read more

10 New Cookbooks We’ve Been Cooking From This Spring

Spring is always an exciting time for new cookbooks, and this year’s releases are particularly thrilling. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for what to do with your bounty of fresh spring vegetables or feel like diving into a new-to-you cuisine or method of cooking, there’s something for everyone. Colu Cooks: Easy Fancy Food I’ve been … Read more