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Fresh to Farming - On the Land

Over the last several years of planning obsessively for my future farm, my idealistic dreams have been altered, compressed, and evolved in various forms. While my business plan is in flux, the reasons why I want to be a farmer remain the same. I really enjoy working outside with my hands. Farming with ecologically sound practices, I can be part of the solution and I can both feed the community and contribute to building the community. 

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Creating the Regenerative Food System We Need

By Jennifer Morehouse The pandemic has exposed glaring vulnerabilities in the industrial food system; there are miles-long lines at food banks and empty store shelves while mountains of potatoes once destined for restaurants are being dumped and COVID19 outbreaks wreak havoc at industrial meat processing plants. These unsettling realities and weak links have us contemplating where our food comes from and how it is produced. Now think longer term; If the current system isn’t up to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, imagine how it will stand up to escalating climate uncertainty. Back in 2013, Soil Centric’s Executive Director, Diana Donlon wrote “The Agricultural Fulcrum: Better Food, Better Climate,” a piece for The Atlantic where she highlighted the importance of...

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Quarantine Gardening: Good for you, Good for the Earth

By Charlotte Canner As we shelter at home, tending to plants and the earth provides hope and nourishment. Gardening, at any scale and level, can also create a sense of connection and add some much needed peace of mind and joy during these scary times. So whether you’re an expert or just starting out, are in an apartment with a few indoor plants, have a balcony, or are in a house with a yard, there are lots of things you can do for your plants (and yourself). Here are five ideas to get you gardening!   1. Bring on Spring  Spring is the perfect time to clear out the old and prepare for the new. Dust off and lightly shower your indoor...

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Starting My Regenerative Path at Soil Health Academy

Last December, I had the privilege of attending the Soil Health Academy (SHA) at Chico State University in North Eastern California.  When Soil Centric recommended SHA to me, I wasn’t sure I was the right audience.  Although my extended family has a cattle ranching operation in South Dakota, I myself have no ranching or farming background.

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