Political economy of fire and haze: Moving to long-term solutions – eco-business.com


eco-business.com

Political economy of fire and haze: Moving to long-term solutions
eco-business.com
To reduce fire on peatlands, we need to develop immediate livelihood and income sources for indigenous and local communities living on already-degraded land. These could include annual crops, horticulture, agroforestry and planted trees depending on …

Growing farmers around the globe – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

Growing farmers around the globe
Christian Science Monitor
Apprenticeships in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California Santa Cruz'sCenter for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems provide training in organic and small-scale farming. The six-month course, held at the Center's 30-acre farm and …

Happy trails: Broncs celebrate last graduation – Valley morning Star


Valley morning Star

Happy trails: Broncs celebrate last graduation
Valley morning Star
“I love the faculty here, they were always willing to help me,” said Cantu who, with an undergraduate minor in horticulture, became heavily involved in UTPA's agroecology lab, which provided him opportunities for conducting research and community …

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Meet Alan Chadwick, The High Priest of Hippie Horticulture – Modern Farmer


Modern Farmer

Meet Alan Chadwick, The High Priest of Hippie Horticulture
Modern Farmer
His garden at UCSC has evolved into the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, a nucleus for research and education in the field. His acolytes have fanned out across the country, applying his methods and philosophy to a network of organic …

Guest Blog: Pollinators & the rigged neonic seed market

Farmers are no different from any buyer – they want to know what they’re buying, how much it costs and its expected performance. But in the brave new world of agricultural seeds, where multiple traits and technology are stacked like Microsoft’s operating system, it’s becoming more and more difficult for farmers to separate out what is really needed and discover how much each piece is costing them. In the case of neonicotinoid (neonic) seed coatings used as a pesticide, both the effectiveness and costs are somewhat of a mystery, according to a new paper published by IATP today.

As farm income is expected to drop more than 30 percent from last year, farmers are carefully examining all input costs to see where they can save. With their financial cost and actual effectiveness unclear, neonic seed coatings may be one of those places to cut costs. But the real cost of neonics likely goes well beyond the input price. A growing body of science directly implicates neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides as a contributor to the significant decline of bees and other pollinators. Neonics are applied in multiple ways in agriculture and horticulture but are most prevalent as a seed coating material for commodity crops like corn and soybeans. Based on convincing and mounting evidence, beekeepers, scientists and other individuals concerned about pollinators are working together to spur regulatory action and shifts in the marketplace to reduce the use of neonics.

In May 2015, the White House issued an interagency National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators.  The strategy focuses on efforts to restore honey bee loss, increase monarch butterfly populations and restore pollinator habitats. But the White House plan virtually ignores the on-the-ground farm economics that directly contribute to rising neonic use in seed coatings – specifically the role of a few large companies that have a stranglehold on the seed market. This concentrated market power in the seed industry has allowed a few multi-billion dollar companies like Bayer, Syngenta and Monsanto to significantly limit U.S. farmers’ choices around seed coating.

In most cases the seed is coated with neonics whether wanted or not and our paper found that this lack of choice has made it difficult for farmers and their advisors to assess the actual value of these pesticides in crop production, or to understand their true financial and environmental costs. Most farmers understand the value of pollinators to plant growth and the food system and would not intentionally harm them.  However, without credible information on the risks or the freedom to choose their seed coating, farmers are left with little choice but to accept what their seed company delivers.   

The good news is that there are independent seed companies and dealers able today to provide farmers with information and choice around seed coatings. Representing a small segment of a highly consolidated industry, independent seed producers and dealers are able and willing to respond to market changes and farmer preferences associated with not only neonics, but also other areas of market interest, such as non-genetically modified organisms (GMOs), certified organic, cover and specialty crops. But a farmer’s ability to choose what kind of seed coatings they want as part of their crop management system should be the rule, not the exception, in the seed market. 

One of the most basic and necessary aspects of a free market is available and accurate information about products and their efficacy, cost and benefits. It should go without saying, then, that in a competitive marketplace, farmers should receive accurate, up-to-date information from researchers and other farmers at field days about the costs and benefits of neonics and other seed coatings related to both crop production and the environment, including pollinators. Yet, this isn’t happening with neonics or other seed coating ingredients today. We need credible, farmer-led field trials that compare different seed coatings and traits, and that information should be shared with other farmers. And those findings should be compared with the effectiveness and costs of other pest control approaches, such as integrated pest management (IPM), that have proven benefits and economic returns. Only with complete information and choice – about neonics and other crop management tools – can farmers make smart choices that allow them to produce crops and take care of pollinators and the environment.

You can read the full paper: Unknown Benefits, Hidden Costs: Neonicotinoid seed coatings, crop yields and pollinators.

– See more at: http://www.iatp.org/blog/201508/pollinators-and-the-rigged-neonic-seed-market#sthash.C8AuHc1y.dpuf

Farmers are no different from any buyer – they want to know what they’re buying, how much it costs and its expected performance. But in the brave new world of agricultural seeds, where multiple traits and technology are stacked like Microsoft’s operating system, it’s becoming more and more difficult for farmers to separate out what is really needed and discover how much each piece is costing them.

In the case of neonicotinoid (neonic) seed coatings used as a pesticide, both the effectiveness and costs are somewhat of a mystery, according to a new paper published by IATP today.

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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh calls for rubber planting halt – Horticulture Week

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh calls for rubber planting halt
Horticulture Week
The research was recently published in Global Environmental Change and constitutes a joint effort by scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) East and Central Asia office, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, …

MP meets farmers in Parliament – Stornoway Gazette – Stornoway Gazette

MP meets farmers in Parliament – Stornoway Gazette
Stornoway Gazette
All sectors of the food industry were represented from dairy to horticulture, traditional mixed farms and agroforestry and Community growing initiatives. The exhibition provided the opportunity for all to demonstrate the wide variety of techniques they

West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand’s special needs stressed for Ganga rejuvenation – Web India

West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand's special needs stressed for Ganga rejuvenation
Web India
The ten models mooted for Bihar include soil/wildlife conservation; identification of local species for plantations including bamboo, grasses and medicinal plants; agroforestry; plantation of high quality horticulture species; nursery like Kisan

UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden’s market cart produce stand opens June 2 – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden's market cart produce stand opens June 2
UC Santa Cruz
All the produce is organically grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden by staff and students in the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, an organic farmer and gardener training program of UCSC's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable …

Growers told to ‘start thinking as biologists’ – Horticulture Week


Horticulture Week

Growers told to 'start thinking as biologists'
Horticulture Week
'Agro-ecology' is complex. It's interesting, it's exciting." She explained that among new developments in the biopesticides market is the EU's PURE project, which is researching the use of sugars to stimulate defence mechanisms in plants. European …

LETTER: There’s no doubt that we are living in an exciting time for the … – Boston Target


Boston Target

LETTER: There's no doubt that we are living in an exciting time for the
Boston Target
And I'm sure many of our progressive farms and horticulturists will be looking into agroforestry and taking advantage of the Woodland Trust's new initiative to plant 200,000 trees on UK farms. They believe that planting trees in the right places can

Nebraska’s first female state poet says women ‘always have to be moving forward’ – Omaha World-Herald


Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska's first female state poet says women 'always have to be moving forward'
Omaha World-Herald
She received a bachelor's degree in horticulture in 1979 and a master's in agroecology in 2007, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Just as Hansen learned from Nebraska writers Willa Cather and Mari Sandoz, she has some advice for other women …

Quick class credit available at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory – Iowa State Daily

Quick class credit available at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory
Iowa State Daily
“It's a sort of cram or crash course,” said Kathleen Delate, ISU professor of horticulture, who will be teaching a two-week course on agro-ecology at the Lakeside Laboratory this summer. “But on the other hand, [students] get so much more time in the

Project looks to horticulture value chain to improve outlook for Honduran women

Impoverished families in western Honduras stand to benefit from a new project aimed at improving access to that country’s markets for high-value horticultural crops. Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have received a nearly $1.4 million grant to perform a gender-based analysis of the Honduran horticultural value chain, with an eye toward reducing barriers to participation for women and other marginalized groups, while enhancing family income and nutrition.

32nd annual Mendocino Permaculture event draws hundreds of propagators – The Willits News

32nd annual Mendocino Permaculture event draws hundreds of propagators
The Willits News
Mendocino Permaculture's 32nd Annual Winter Abundance Fair was like a horticultural farmers market, with a blend of local vendors who offered up homemade goods ranging from soaps to fruits, and vegetables and sauces. John Valenzuela, horticulturist …

32nd annual Mendocino Permaculture event draws hundreds of propagators – Ukiah Daily Journal

32nd annual Mendocino Permaculture event draws hundreds of propagators
Ukiah Daily Journal
Mendocino Permaculture's 32nd Annual Winter Abundance Fair was like a horticultural farmers market, with a blend of local vendors who offered up homemade goods ranging from soaps to fruits, and vegetables and sauces. John Valenzuela, horticulturist …

Worth Street Reach Enlists SBCC Students in Organic Garden Project – Noozhawk

Worth Street Reach Enlists SBCC Students in Organic Garden Project
Noozhawk
The SBCC students are organized by Josh Graning, 33, an environmental horticulture student who operates PermAction, a group that works on permaculture projects. The group leader is Mike Vergeer, 40, a geography teacher at SBCC who also teaches …

Garden Organic outsources gardening and research – Horticulture Week


Horticulture Week

Garden Organic outsources gardening and research
Horticulture Week
Meanwhile, Garden Organic will be moving its remaining academic research portfolio into Coventry University's Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience (CAWR) from 2015. Garden Organic head of research Francis Rayns has taken redundancy. Garden …

To Cool a Warming Planet, Give Developing Countries a Voice (Op-Ed) – Yahoo News UK

To Cool a Warming Planet, Give Developing Countries a Voice (Op-Ed)
Yahoo News UK
For example, agroforestry as practiced in much of Africa and Asia since the beginning of agriculture is an approach that combines agriculture with forestry and horticulture. It has proven time and again to be a sustainable method for watershed

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To Cool a Warming Planet, Give Developing Countries a Voice (Op-Ed) – Yahoo News

To Cool a Warming Planet, Give Developing Countries a Voice (Op-Ed)
Yahoo News
For example, agroforestry as practiced in much of Africa and Asia since the beginning of agriculture is an approach that combines agriculture with forestry and horticulture. It has proven time and again to be a sustainable method for watershed

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British Crop Production Council awards leading scientists – Horticulture Week

British Crop Production Council awards leading scientists
Horticulture Week
Steven now works at Rothamsted part-time, actively managing ongoing research projects, on herbicide resistance, weed agro-ecology and integrated control strategies. He is Secretary of the UK Weed Resistance Action Group and a UK representative on the …

British Crop Protection Council awards leading scientists – Horticulture Week

British Crop Protection Council awards leading scientists
Horticulture Week
Steven now works at Rothamsted part-time, actively managing ongoing research projects, on herbicide resistance, weed agro-ecology and integrated control strategies. He is Secretary of the UK Weed Resistance Action Group and a UK representative on the …

Utilise space between tree rows, growers advised – Horticulture Week


Horticulture Week

Utilise space between tree rows, growers advised
Horticulture Week
Abacus Agriculture director, vice-chair of the European Agroforestry Federation and "simple farmer from Cambridgeshire" Stephen Briggs said field growers "rarely think more than 2ft above the ground or 1ft below it" but mixed growing systems "give you

FAO wants govt to support farmers through trainings – Jakarta Post

FAO wants govt to support farmers through trainings
Jakarta Post
Caravaggi said that a recent agricultural census had shown that average income in the agricultural sector among households dependent on plantations, crops, livestock and poultry, horticulture, fisheries or agroforestry was about Rp 26.1 million (US$2

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Waves of Grain: Ever-growing grain movement taking root in Santa Cruz County – Monterey County Herald

Waves of Grain: Ever-growing grain movement taking root in Santa Cruz County
Monterey County Herald
He's referring to students at the university's Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, or CASFS, where students in the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program receive hands-on training at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden.

Waves of Grain: Ever-growing grain movement taking root in Santa Cruz County – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Waves of Grain: Ever-growing grain movement taking root in Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz Sentinel
He's referring to students at the university's Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, or CASFS, where students in the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program receive hands-on training at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden.

Collaborative weather network assists farms – Christian County Headliner News

Collaborative weather network assists farms
Christian County Headliner News
“It only takes me a few minutes every day to submit my reports,” said Nancy Bishop, research technician at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC). “Each morning I walk out to the rain gauges and report what I see. After a few inputs

State’s first custom hiring centre opened at Naginimora – Nagaland Post

State's first custom hiring centre opened at Naginimora
Nagaland Post
GB of Naginimora and Alam, progressive farm women asserted farmers would remain grateful to the ICAR for the ventures like horticulture, agroforestry, poultry, piggery, multiple water using facilities etc. at Naginimora. NAIP team leader Dr. Dibyendu …

How to feed our planet without devastating the environment – Devex

How to feed our planet without devastating the environment
Devex
Agroforestry, for instance, may help a patient farmer replenish soil, reduce erosion and increase food production over a substantial period of time as trees and shrubs grow crops on their fields. Small-scale horticulture may boost food production

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Canton permaculture horticulturist aims for less labor, more food with garden … – WatertownDailyTimes.com

Canton permaculture horticulturist aims for less labor, more food with garden
WatertownDailyTimes.com
Mr. Bowman hopes his business, Oasis Edible Landscapes, and interest in permaculture — an integrated agricultural system that works with nature rather than against it — also will spur excitement in a community food forest, such as one that grows in

$4M gift supports UCSC farming apprenticeship – Santa Cruz Sentinel


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$4M gift supports UCSC farming apprenticeship
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Based at UCSC's 33-acre farm and garden, the ecological horticulture apprenticeship is operated by the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), which has a $1.6 million annual budget. The endowment's annual payouts of about …
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Selangor government to focus on ‘urban agriculture’ – The Rakyat Post

Selangor government to focus on 'urban agriculture'
The Rakyat Post
Khalid said the state government would identify abandoned land in towns which were adjacent to apartments to cultivate various crops through the “urban agriculture” concept that also involved agroforestry and horticulture. On another note, Abdul Khalid

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Selangor govt to focus on urban agriculture to boost people’s income – Sin Chew Jit Poh

Selangor govt to focus on urban agriculture to boost people's income
Sin Chew Jit Poh
Abdul Khalid said the state government would identify abandoned land in towns which were adjacent to apartments to cultivate various crops through the 'urban agriculture' concept that also involved agroforestry and horticulture. On another note, Abdul …

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Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and … – Marketwired (press release)

Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and
Marketwired (press release)
His areas of expertise include plant breeding, genetics, cultivar development, agroecology, organic production, sustainable production systems, and horticultural and agricultural technologies. Dr. Riseman is also the Academic Director, Centre for

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Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and … – Wall Street Journal

Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and
Wall Street Journal
His areas of expertise include plant breeding, genetics, cultivar development, agroecology, organic production, sustainable production systems, and horticultural and agricultural technologies. Dr. Riseman is also the Academic Director, Centre for

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(MKTW) Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding … – Wall Street Journal

(MKTW) Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding
Wall Street Journal
His areas of expertise include plant breeding, genetics, cultivar development, agroecology, organic production, sustainable production systems, and horticultural and agricultural technologies. Dr. Riseman is also the Academic Director, Centre for

Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and … – Stockhouse

Affinor Growers Appoints UBC Senator and Professor of Plant Breeding and
Stockhouse
His areas of expertise include plant breeding, genetics, cultivar development, agroecology, organic production, sustainable production systems, and horticultural and agricultural technologies. Dr. Riseman is also the Academic Director, Centre for

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According To Dixon … Rethink needed on agroforestry decision – Horticulture Week

According To Dixon … Rethink needed on agroforestry decision
Horticulture Week
Guidance is needed from Defra. Reversing Lord de Mauley's decision against adopting the Common Agricultural Policy's Pillar 2 agroforestry measures could be a helpful first step. Professor Geoffrey Dixon is managing director of GreenGene international …

MAIL TODAY COMMENT: Challenges facing the new government – Daily Mail

MAIL TODAY COMMENT: Challenges facing the new government
Daily Mail
… and efficient tools, keeping in mind the small size of plots of Indian farmers, better roads in rural areas, more crop per drop (drip and micro irrigation), bumping up horticulture, animal husbandry, agro forestry, warehousing, cold storage and

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Garden Notes: Hold your horticulture – Martha’s Vineyard Times


Martha’s Vineyard Times

Garden Notes: Hold your horticulture
Martha’s Vineyard Times
Along with Eric Toensmeier (and their families), Jonathan Bates has been demonstrating the self-sufficient, permaculture lifestyle on Paradise Lot, formerly a junked-up urban yard in beautiful rust-belt Holyoke. For more information about Jonathan

Cranfield University to coordinate agroforestry project – Horticulture Week

Cranfield University to coordinate agroforestry project
Horticulture Week
Cranfield University in Bedfordshire will coordinate a "EUR4m-EUR6m" European project to investigate how agroforestry can benefit farming, both economically and environmentally. A 26-strong group of European and international institutions will be 

Water issues to dominate 68th horticulture society meet Feb. 21 – The Monitor … – Monitor

Water issues to dominate 68th horticulture society meet Feb. 21 – The Monitor
Monitor
Dr. Juan Carlos Melgar, a plant physiologist at the Texas A&M-Kingsville Citrus Center at Weslaco and president of the society, said the program will focus on water conservation techniques, the state's water plan, agroecology, market opportunities in

Water issues to dominate 68th horticulture society meet Feb. 21 in Weslaco – AgriLife Today

Water issues to dominate 68th horticulture society meet Feb. 21 in Weslaco
AgriLife Today
Dr. Juan Melgar, a plant physiologist at the Texas A&M-Kingsville Citrus Center at Weslaco and president of the society, said the program will focus on water conservation techniques, the state's water plan, agroecology, market opportunities in Mexico

Urban Agriculture program to debut at Edmonds Community College for winter … – My Edmonds News

Urban Agriculture program to debut at Edmonds Community College for winter
My Edmonds News
Urban Agriculture classes include Agroecology, Soil and Plant Nutrition, Vegetable Production I, Fruit Production I, and Horticultural Careers. Will Allen, one of the country's most respected leaders in sustainable urban farming, recently visited

Five-state growers conference in St. Joseph Jan. 9-11 – Richmond Daily News

Five-state growers conference in St. Joseph Jan. 9-11
Richmond Daily News
On Saturday, concurrent sessions include small fruit, advanced organic, vegetable production, beginning beekeeping and agroforestry, urban horticulture and gardens, and food safety/GAPs. There will be many exhibitors available to provide information 

Conference told farming has key role to play in Agri-Tech Strategy – Horticulture Week

Conference told farming has key role to play in Agri-Tech Strategy
Horticulture Week
However, Baroness Miller, who co-chairs the All-Party Agro-Ecology Group, said: "It's not clear to the public what 'agri-tech' is. It's not just shorthand for GM – it has to meet the challenges of food security, lower carbon emissions, biodiversity

Lincoln’s Twyla Hansen named Nebraska state poet – Omaha World-Herald

Lincoln's Twyla Hansen named Nebraska state poet
Omaha World-Herald
Hansen has an undergraduate degree in horticulture and a master's degree in agroecology, both from UNL. The appointment is for five years, serving from Dec. 1 through 2018. The position of state poet was created in 1921. Hansen is the third state poet, 

Gov. Heineman names Twyla Hansen Nebraska State Poet – Lexington Clipper Herald


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Gov. Heineman names Twyla Hansen Nebraska State Poet
Lexington Clipper Herald
Hansen has an undergraduate degree in Horticulture and a Master's degree in Agroecology, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The appointment is for 5 years, serving from Dec. 1, 2013-2018. The position of State Poet was created in 1921.
Lincoln woman named state poet Lincoln Journal Star


Lincoln's Twyla Hansen named Nebraska state poet Omaha World-Herald
Twyla Hansen named Nebraska State Poet Nebraska Radio Network

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Final harvest

1008131715_ed_lAfter 25 years living in my home in Oakland and 15 years of building a mini-farm and gardening in my backyard, this was one-half of my final harvest. (The other half was given to a friend, of course.) As I write this from Grass Valley, I’m eating the squash and tomatoes shown in the photo, part of a favorite summer salad.

I’m going to miss my mini-farm. But, I’ll continue gardening in Grass Valley, where I’m on the landscaping team with other gardeners from Wolf Creek Lodge. Perhaps the most important item in this photo is not the edibles in the basket, but the cuttings in the coffee cup from my blackberry plant. I will plant them here in Grass Valley and see how they do. They could mark the beginnings of something good here. My beloved blackberry in Oakland was from a cutting received about 15 years ago from a guy in Berkeley and it provided the beginning of my urban agriculture pursuits. Taking this cutting with me, I feel like I am part of a hundreds-year-old tradition of horticulturists who have carried all sorts of crops around the world, providing the basis for our current farming and gardening.

Table grapes could be next crop for Missouri’s fruit industry – FreshPlaza

Table grapes could be next crop for Missouri's fruit industry
FreshPlaza
A similar study is also taking part at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin. “We planted several table grape varieties including 'Mars,' a seedless Arkansas variety that is the standard grown in some parts of the Midwest

What Is Agroforestry? – Kansas City infoZine – Kansas City infoZine


Kansas City infoZine

What Is Agroforestry? – Kansas City infoZine
Kansas City infoZine
Gallatin, MO – infoZine – Agroforestry offer landowners an opportunity to diversify farm income, provide habitat for wildlife and practice good land stewardship, says Tim Baker, regional horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension

Noted in Brief — posted Sept. 29 – The Democrat Leader (subscription)

Noted in Brief — posted Sept. 29
The Democrat Leader (subscription)
THE HORTICULTURE AND AGROFORESTRY RESEARCH CENTER (HARC) will host a Field Day next Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to noon. The HARC Office is located at 10 Research Center Road, New Franklin. * * * * * * * *. Noted in Brief news may be emailed 

Experts want Malawi gov’t to prioritize Horticulture – Nyasa Times


Nyasa Times

Experts want Malawi gov't to prioritize Horticulture
Nyasa Times
The plea was made by various farmers and horticulture experts at the end of a two day workshop organized by The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe. The workshop was aimed at discussing the technical quality standard 

Farmer clubs leading way for climate change adaptation in Central India’s semi … – Newstrack India

Farmer clubs leading way for climate change adaptation in Central India's semi
Newstrack India
Farmers receive training on water efficient irrigation practices like drip and sprinkler irrigation, use of drought resistant seed varieties, organic farming, line sowing, dry sowing, agroforestry, horticulture and integrated pest management. Positive

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Young grower brings variety to local farmers markets – Scottsbluff Star Herald

Young grower brings variety to local farmers markets
Scottsbluff Star Herald
He will graduate in a year with a degree in agro-ecology, with a minor in soil science and horticulture. “The soil science is pretty interesting, learning about soil health and micro-organisms and soil fertility,” he said. Sweet corn is the most

3rd Annual Farm to Fork Dinner Takes Place September 15 – Tickets Now Available

Join us for the Third Annual Farm to Fork Benefit Dinner, a gourmet field dinner on the landmark UC Santa Cruz Farm to celebrate the work of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) and support the CASFS Apprenticeship’s training of new organic farmers and gardeners.

The event will take place on Sunday, the 15th of September with a reception and tour starting at 3 pm and dinner starting at 4 pm. Dinner will feature a 5-course meal created with organic ingredients from the UCSC Farm & Garden and other local organic farms and ranches. The entrée portion of the menu will offer locally raised meat or fish, and all courses will include full vegetarian options. Fine wines will accompany the meal.

The evening will also include a silent auction; check back soon for examples of auction items.

Tickets for the event are $125 per person and are available online at the Brown Paper Tickets site.
If you prefer to purchase your tickets by mail, send a check for $125 per ticket made payable to UC Regents to: UCSC Farm, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95064, attn: Benefit Dinner. Please include contact information.
For more information, call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu. Proceeds will support the CASFS Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program.

Personal and corporate sponsorships for the dinner are available. Please contact us at arblake@ucsc.edu or (831) 459-3857 for details of sponsorship options.

Permaculture: the ultimate in Earth friendly coexistence – The Hereford BRAND (subscription)


The Hereford BRAND (subscription)

Permaculture: the ultimate in Earth friendly coexistence
The Hereford BRAND (subscription)
Permaculture is a growing trend among urban communities as well as rural cooperatives where compatible plantings and sustainable small farming techniques are combined in a 'waste not, want not' philosophy of animal husbandry and horticulture.

Salford project touted as model for future developments and a test bed for … – Horticulture Week

Salford project touted as model for future developments and a test bed for
Horticulture Week
Described as "part farm, part laboratory", the project is divided between a 780sq m plot of previously derelict land by the River Irwell that is being turned into an area of intensive agroforestry production and an adjacent three-storey former mill

Mark Your Calendars For Mu Field Days Events Connect Farmers To The Latest … – Mysullivannews

Mark Your Calendars For Mu Field Days Events Connect Farmers To The Latest
Mysullivannews
Oct. 5: Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center Field Day, New Franklin CAFNR is changing the core components of society that impact what we eat, where we live and how we'll face tomorrow. As the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture