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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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Calcium – The Baseline of Soil and Plant Health

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For most of us, the simplest knowledge of gardening and soils was something our educational curriculums deemed unnecessary to know. Yet, there are few people who have not considered, tried, or are actively gardening to raise vegetables, fruit trees or ornamentals. But, when we look at a plot of soil, our mind goes blank – or drifts to retail fertilizers. At the baseline of gardening productivity is the presence of calcium in a plant-available form.  Calcium is essential for living organisms. Calcium in plants it drives sugar production, photosynthesis, nutrient density and the shelf life of produce once it is harvested. Interestingly, the fruits and vegetables from plants with adequate…

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