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Ancient Grains – People Want Something Different

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Touch the Soil News #191 The research company “Packaged Facts” has recently reported on the stellar rise of ancient grains in U.S. diets. Unlike modern hybrid “gluten” wheat grains – that have removed diversity from human diets – ancient grains are providing a nutritious alternative. The most recent data is for the 52 weeks ending 7/13/14. Following is a short recap of their treks to greater use: Sales of Kamut, also known as Khorasan Wheat, are skyrocketing Kamut – sales up 686 percent. Kamut is the trademark name for Khorasan Wheat. This ancient grain is a wheat species whose kernel is twice the size of modern-day wheat. According to legend,…

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Village Farms – The Changing Face of Fresh Produce

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Touch the Soil News #170 Village Farms is one of the world’s largest greenhouse fresh-produce operations with some 250 acres of greenhouses under food production – tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant. CEO Mike DeGiglio in a recent video explains that in the 1980’s only 1 percent of retail tomatoes came from greenhouses. Today roughly 80 percent of retail tomatoes come from greenhouses. Awsome is the reaction to these super-size greenhouses – (photo courtesy of village farms) Village farms boasts that its produce ripens on the vine longer, allowing natural sugars to develop and that they have the shortest times from hand-harvest to grocery store. Recently, Mike DeGiglio was interviewed in…

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When it Comes to Food – The Three Big Ominous Shadows Humanity Faces (Part 1 of 3)

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Touch the Soil News # 161 An old wisdom says big future events cast big shadows in the present. This is not trying to predict the future, but simply looking at the shadows showing up on the paths humanity has elected to travel upon. If we don’t like the shadows, humanity can choose a different path if it so chooses. One of the difficulties that arise when detecting big shadows is what to do about them. Since our readership is made up of folks with diverse backgrounds, experience and knowledge, we’ll just leave answering that question to our readers. As we present the three dilemmas, we could not assess which…

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Flash Announcement – Special SPIN Farming Webinar

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Touch the Soil News # 160 If you’ve ever wanted to become an urban farmer / market gardener here’s a chance to participate in an online webinar that gives you the scoop of how to do it with a minimum of capital outlay and a maximum of return. Following are the Details:   What: SPIN farming is hosting a Webinar featuring Jared Regier of Chain Reaction Urban Farm.   When: August 27, 2015 (Thursday) at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (make sure you log in according to your own time zone).   How: Click on the following link to register and get other details: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1043325852552174850 SPIN Farming is “production” oriented to…

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Captain Nemo’s Food Garden – A Serious Attempt

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Touch the Soil News # 158 Sergio Gamberini, of Noli Bay, Italy, is an underwater diving enthusiast and president of the diving equipment firm called the Ocean Reef Group. Three years ago he came upon an idea to raise food in the ocean. The goal is to create an alternative system of agriculture, dedicated to areas where environmental, economic or social conditions make it difficult to grow plants. (Photo courtesy of Nemo’s Garden) Gamberini’s work has caught the attention of the UK news group The Guardian, which provided the following insights. Thirty feet under water, small cluster pods of balloons are filled with air. Each pod contains eight to 10…

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