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Old April 11th, 2017 #1
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https://theringer.com/urban-farming-...y-f3bb7434c4f0

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But the kale wasn’t delicious simply because it was grown without pesticides, or because Fain, who previously ran a customer loyalty software startup, has a green thumb. The kale was delicious because, in addition to maintaining a mostly autonomous farming system, Bowery uses proprietary software that collects data points about what influences a plant’s health, growth rate, yield, and factors that affect its flavor. According to Fain, it analyzes the information in real time, and automatically pushes out changes to the treatments of crops as it sees fit. I liked the kale in part because its growing conditions were dictated to a microscopic degree by machine-learning software that Fain lovingly calls “FarmOS.”
 
Old May 23rd, 2018 #2
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Ben Falk - The resilient farm and homestead


An innovative permaculture and whole systems design approach

The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.

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Old February 16th, 2019 #3
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Default Agroecology: The Less Disturbance of the Soil the Better

This documentary about Bees does a great job of going into depth about how the use of pesticides, which is killing our bees, is a symptom of a greater problem, and that greater problem is the way we till, till, till until we change the biological community of the soil--pests are overcome when you establish biological balances, as Dr. Lundgren explains, which would eliminate our need to use neonicitinoids, very toxic to bees. 13% of all our land surfaces are compromised by the use of these agents.

This kind of farming is regenerative, where they are rebuilding biodiversity in the soil. First step is: Stop tilling.

This is discussed starting around the 3 min mark:


http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/SERG/techniq...sturbance.html
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Old February 27th, 2019 #5
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That's excellent. I knew you could do a lot with just a half acre but what they've done with less is incredible.

As they say, they don't have to commute and can never be fired.

When people are throwing away land and skills that can sustain them forever to 'go to college' for a 'respectable' job they hate and pay for the privilege to live in a sewer (city) it shows they don't know who they are anymore.

That's not to say that agriculture is for everybody and school benefits no one, but the denigration of 'real' skills started way back there. Denigrating farming, denigrating motherhood, denigrating racial cohesion for Whites as 'backward' when it's the opposite.

In 'The Good Earth' when the dutiful Chinese wife stopped her husband from selling the land, I remember that scene, when they were starving and he was going to sell some of it. 'NO. Not the land.' Anything but losing the land.

People are starting to come back to that way of thinking again.
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Old March 5th, 2019 #6
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So true, Emily. The pleasure of gardening provides food for the soul as well as for the table.

Fork to Fork ~ Tomatoes

https://vimeo.com/134961517



Fork to Fork ~ Herbs

https://vimeo.com/134961518


Fork to Fork ~ Leaves

https://vimeo.com/134961519



Fork to Fork ~ Squashes

https://vimeo.com/135707199



Fork to Fork ~ Orchards

https://vimeo.com/135707340
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