Philippines Urban Agriculture – A Global Model

Touch the Soil News #1638 (Feature Photo – The Island Nation of the Philippines – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, Addicted04) The Manila Bulletin brings us news of the dramatic spread of urban agriculture in the Philippines. In a nation of 100 million people, 12 million people now participate in the government’s urban agriculture program. This…

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Bootstrapping the Ability to Grow and Maintain Food Gardens

Touch the Soil News #1636 (Feature Photo – Duron Chavis – Courtesy of Happy Natural  https://thenaturalfestival.com/about-us/) The Richmond Free Press brings us the story of Duron Chavis and his non-profit effort to construct and deliver hundreds of garden beds in the Richmond area. Called the Resiliency Garden Project, the organization delivers the raised beds at…

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Food Chain Disgrace?

Touch the Soil News #1635 (Feature Photo – Hog Barns – USDA Public Domain) Successful Farming news brings us a story of something that simply should not be happening. Iowa, which is one of the nation’s largest hog production states, just authorized $24 million to help farmers cover the costs of hogs they could not…

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Is A Worse Hunger Pandemic Unfolding from Covid Economic Shutdowns?

Touch the Soil News #1634 (Feature Photo – Greenhouse – By W.carter – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62134626) The World Food Programme – a United Nations Agency that fights starvation – is ringing the alarm bells of and unfolding food pandemic. Economic shutdowns and closed seaports are set to double acute hunger by the end of…

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Free Daily Light Calculator for Greenhouses

Touch the Soil News #1631 (Feature Photo – Greenhouse – By W.carter – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62134626) Agritecture news portal brings us the story of their developing and making available a free digital tool that measures the amount of Photosynthetically Active Radiation that falls on a location in a 24-hour period. You can read the…

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India – On the Verge of an Organic Explosion

Touch the Soil News #1630 (Feature Photo – Aquaponics – CCA 4.0 International, Mbrickn) HortDaily brings us news of yet another organic aquaponics farm from India that is carving its way into the world of organics. Called LandCraft Agro, the company’s employees are mostly women – helping bring better food quality and economics to a…

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Thinking Outside the Box – The Kubota Dream Tractor

Touch the Soil News #1629 (Feature Photo – Kubota Dream Tractor – Courtesy of Kubota.Com   Kubota Tractor Company of Japan recently unveiled its vision of the future of farm tractors – electric, autonomously driven, and adjustable to the job.  The new tractor embraces smart farming and labor-saving engineering. You can read the story here: https://www.kubota.com/news/2020/20200115_1.html

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