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Could This Happen in America?

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Touch the Soil News #698 (photo courtesy of FOLO Farms) There is little question that market gardening is not economically and financially easy. Like everything else, it takes determination at really being efficient in every move the urban farmer makes. The story we are about to share has a rather unusual beginning. Two years ago in the country of Malaysia six families came together spontaneously for a common mission – grow organic and nutritionally packed food for our loved ones. The FOLO farm (Food for Our Loved Ones) was born. Malaysia is a Southeast Asian nation of 31.5 million people. Given the synergies of the six families, things began to…

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Market Farmer Profile – Stop Waiting and Jump Right In

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Farmer Erik (Erick Halvorson) – also a student at WSU Vancouver, Washington – thinks it’s best to take action with one’s dreams. With access to five (5) farmers markets within a 30 minute drive from his small enterprise, Halvorson is one of some 70,000 farms in the U.S. that only sells directly to consumers. Halvorson began in 2013, leasing 5 acres from his parents to fill, what he calls, a childhood dream. Halvorson started his first year on the animal side of things – based on pasture-raised regimens. He offers eggs, pork and turkey. For 2015, Halvorson is expanding his offerings to include vegetables from a ¾ acre market garden.…

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Hugelkultur – wait . . . hugelwhat?

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Nope – not a typo. It’s Hugelkultur. This is a way of gardening which fits right in with the organic, sustainable, use-what-you-have type of gardener! But what is it? Hugelkultur is basically “mound culture”. Meaning you basically lay wood (avoid woods which release chemicals as they decay, such as cedar or walnut), compost, manure, and other rotting, plant-based materials, cover it with soil, and plant your crops. As the wood decays, you get some amazing aeration in your soil, negating the need for tilling (after the first year). There are several benefits to this method of gardening, including the natural composting of the wood. One important fact to remember is…

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Lazy Man’s Compost

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For some people it may be hard to keep a compost going. Following a few the 5 easy steps from Kelp4less, we will show you how to make it fun and easy to keep a compost box and provide a ready to use fertilizer instead of trashing it in a landfill. In our climate this is the easiest composting process. We call it the “Lazy Man’s Compost”.   Step 1: Decide where it belongs. Keep it in a low traffic area. Away from your house, on the corner of your lot or garden area works great. Step 2: Dig into the dirt a and break up the soil to allow…

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