Archives for Crop/Farm Education

Why Farm a Desert?

Well….first let’s take a look back into the actual truth of what central valley looked like before a plow touched the soil. A famous explorer described this valley as being abundant in birds and geese of all kinds, antelope and elk in herds by the thousands, rich in fir and pelts, and water in abundance. That was a summation of
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The Facts About Pesticide Spraying

To those interested in learning about pesticide applications and methods you might find this helpful in understanding all the things we do before spraying is necessary. The guidelines are no different for organic or conventional farming. I’m just sharing this because, I do this for a living and I’m passionate about educating the public about why American products should be
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From Pasture to Plate:

A Glimpse into the “Secret World” of Cattle Production by Nicole Sykes Hormones. Antibiotics. Natural beef. Grass-fed. Feedlot. These are all words that are floating around in articles, the news, and clogging up your news feed on social media. But for those not involved in the cattle industry, they spark fear and questions on what is true and what is
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What’s the Fuss About Corporate Agriculture?

by Paul Betancourt One of the boogey men of our food system is ‘corporate agriculture’. But, like most boogey men there is more myth than reality. Let’s start at the farm level. The 2012 US Census of Agriculture indicates that 0.55% of America’s farms are non-family corporations. These non-family corporations control 1.36% of America’s farmland. Not exactly corporate control is
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Which Cotton “Boll” Do You Prefer?

No, that is not a typo. As it was explained to me, a cotton ball is what you pull out of the plastic bag you get at the drug store. A cotton “boll”, is a protective capsule, shaped like a football, in which the cotton fibers grow. The image on the left has 5 “locks” – the grooved lines you
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