Food, Health, Herbalism, Gardening, Agriculture, and Sustainability Freelance Writer since 2012. Certified Herbalist since 2012, Organic Farmer since 2009 (co-owner of Jupiter Ridge Farm).
Herbalism: Plants and Potions that Heal (Sirius Hidden Knowledge) | Arcturus Publishing
Discover the art of herbal healing with this charming gold-embossed guide, decorated with gilded page-edges.
Did you know that stinging nettles are a natural anti-inflammatory? Or that pine sap can clean wounds or be used as a mouth wash? Or that hops can help your digestion?
From Aloe Vera to Valerian, expert herbalist Adrian White introduces the uses of plants and herbs in medicinal healing, spirituality and magick. She covers the fascinating history of herbalism in different cultures acros...
Future Small Organic Farmers Can Be Successful, but We Need Better Policy Support—We Can’t Make a Living
Essay included in ebook "Organic Food and Farming Reference Handbook" published by ABC-CLIO and written by Shauna McIntyre.
Young midwestern farmers want to grow sustainable food – but they need help
On a recent chilly afternoon, Natasha Hegmann, 28, and her husband, Pete Kerns, 27, tended the fire of a giant copper boiler holding some 250 gallons of maple sap. The sap had flowed into the boiler overnight through a series of pipes from nearby trees. Turning the gooey sap into syrup will take days.
A native Iowan, Hegmann worked at a number of local community farms before her and Kerns set up their own, Turkey River Farms, in 2015 to grow vegetables in warmer months and harvest maple sap d...
Farm Life Isn't Nearly As Idyllic As It Looks On Instagram—But I Still Wouldn’t Trade It For Anything
It’s early Saturday morning. When the clock hits 7 AM, farmers market goers will arrive, trickling through empty streets before summer’s sun touches nearby rooftops. By 6:50, my stand and produce are all set up. I have 10 minutes to kill, so I peek at my phone behind the table.
I read a comment on an Instagram photo of our farm: “Beautiful—so jealous of farm life!” My husband and I own a small, diverse vegetabl...
A Land Trust Asks Farmers to Change Their Ways
Edmund and Tricia Jackson have run a poultry and beef operation near Honey Creek, Iowa, for over a decade. Then, last year, they added a new piece of land with a plan to grow organic feed—corn and hay—for their animals.
“It has been a learning process,” says Tricia. “The more we studied, the more we were in awe of how it made so much sense to work with nature, and not against it.”
Organic certification is just the latest incarnation of the Jacksons’s ongoing work to make their operation susta...
Is almond milk really killing bees? (If so, what now?)
Almond milk is a popular plant-based alternative to dairy for vegans, the lactose-intolerant, and the eco-conscious among us. It’s also a low-fat alternative to conventional cow’s milk.
Recent reports paint a different picture, however. In January 2020, The Guardian published a story with a more complete accounting of the almond world: one where farming practices cause monumental damage for the sake of that glass of almond milk.
The creatures these practices affect? Bees—both domesticated and...
How frequently do farmers soil test?
Soil testing in some form is considered important to just about every farmer, regardless of their farm size or experience, according to one of the latest farmer surveys conducted by Ag Access.
But why, how, and how often farmers soil test depends on a few factors.
Of all farmers surveyed, about one-third believed in testing soil at least annually, while over half (59%) found it important to test only once every few years. Only 3% of farmers surveyed said they never test their soil, indicating...
4 Traits of Empathetic People
Our series “Cultivating Compassion” explores how you can be more empathetic and compassionate toward yourself and others.
The term “empath” has become a popular way to describe an empathetic person. Some traits of empathetic people are instantly recognizable trademarks, but, according to some experts, being an empathetic person is something we could all be, to some degree.
A true empath always goes out of their comfort zone and starts thinking, feeling, and acting for other people.
Like many ...
How to Make the Most of Your Farm Data
Farm data isn’t anything new. Since the dawn of agriculture, farmers have been learning how to grow bigger, better, and more profitably with records of their year-to-year observations.
The real revolution isn’t in data itself, but in farm data technology: how farmers log data, receive data, and use data in ever-increasingly efficient and convenient ways, and for greater yields on-site. However, when faced with the opportunity to acquire more advanced farm data technology— and to gather yet mo...
Approaches to Help Citrus Bloom Go the Extra Mile
Bloom is the most integral stage of the citrus life cycle. Long before the success of a fruit crop can be ensured, growers must be strategic about the care and protection of flowers in order to ensure a profitable season.
Some approaches to facilitating citrus bloom and yield happen long in advance of the actual season, requiring planning and log-keeping from the year (or years) prior. Other approaches can happen right in-season on the spot to help citrus bloom along. Though some approaches m...
What Makes Corrugated One of the Best Sustainable Packaging Options
Striking a balance between effective food packaging and hitting sustainability targets is a challenge. No matter what option you go for, any sort of food packaging that actually works for agricultural produce— whether it’s broccoli, citrus, or cucumbers— must be manufactured. This can create waste and use energy to be produced. The trick is to choose the one that hits all targets, and at the lowest possible impact on the environment.
This is why corrugated packaging is quickly becoming one of...
8 Ways Vineyards Can Resist Water Shortages
As worsening climate change and unpredictable weather patterns become a bigger reality for growers, none are more drastically affected than the growers who depend on water the most. Somewhere towards the top of this list are viticulturists and vintners: the growers of the world’s grapes and the labor behind many of the world’s most renowned wines and vintages, though they are by far not the only agricultural professionals who need to think about how they can resist water shortages.
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NatureLand Organics is a food brand that is authentic to their customers in providing only organically grown food items. This prestigious venture has been started by the two agriculturist brothers Ajeet Godara and Arvind Godara in the year 2002 with a dream of working for betterment of the farming community and industry. In the year 2005, the venture started expanding their reach for encouraging and helping farmers in obtaining the methods of organic farming. Seeing their efforts taking the success road, the brothers put their foot down by making a commercial establishment in the year 2007. Th
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There are no miracle cure-alls, silver bullets, or magic pills that will get you trim, fit and healthy. However, after exhaustive searching and rigorous testing, The Sherpa has partnered with some of the leading health experts to develop programs and products that work for you and YOUR unique needs.
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Kilo Health is one of the leading digital health and wellness companies globally. With 4+ million paying users worldwide (the majority in the United States), strong technology, and a digital marketing platform, Kilo Health provides unparalleled opportunities for entrepreneurial talents and visionaries to build digital health products of the future.
Kilo Health was founded to design the most engaging and effective digital lifestyle interventions that lead to a healthier life by prev...