Alma Backyard Farms – Learning the Social Skills of Giving to the Community

Touch the Soil News #1772 (Feature Photo– Alma Backyard Farms – courtesy of Alma Backyard Farms) Listening to juvenile offenders and prisoners wanting to transform their lives and give back to the communities they took from, was the starting point for Alma Backyard Farms. Giving back to the community could also apply to other groups…

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Farmland Overshoot

Touch the Soil News #1771 (Feature Photo– Deforestation for Farming – courtesy of NASA, Public Domain) The concept of farmland overshoot, is about carving more farmland out of the world’s last natural vegetation and tree cover. The risk is that the natural lands left in the world, are needed to sustain all life, not just…

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Drought versus Desalination

Positive Future #887 (Feature photo – Desalination Plant  – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, James Grellier)) Modern civilization, more than at any time in the past, is kept alive through artificial means. This includes crop irrigation pumps, electricity, shelter, transportation and the list could go on. These artificial measures, have also pushed the limits of water…

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Building Urban Farming Consciousness

Positive Future #885 (Feature photo – Farm Raiser Produce  – Courtesy of Farm Raiser) We recently were doing research relative to the world’s farms and farmlands. The number of acres being farmed in the world total 12.6 billion acres. The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) estimates that human-induced soil degradation, affects…

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One of the World’s Largest Food Banks, Buys a Farm

Positive Future #884 (Feature photo – Cabbage Field – CCA 2.0 Generic, Ksenja Putilin) Called Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, this food bank is one of the world’s largest. It’s probably not an understatement, that this food bank represents a growing and expanding presence in the future of food. The food bank distributes…

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Do You Have Any Personal Agricultural Assets?

Positive Future #883 (Feature photo – Food Gardening – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, Arnaud 25) Agricultural assets include land with reasonable topsoil and water, all located in a place that has a growing season. The purpose of posing the question comes on the heels of a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),…

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