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Farmer John: With biochar, looking at past practices for better soil today

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Imagine being in the paradise state, inside a condo on a beautiful day. I was there, in Hawaii, back when I was blond-haired. Now I still have three or four blond hairs left. My dermatologist told… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Waste not, want not by growing a recycling mindset

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — The first law of thermodynamics, also called the law of conservation of energy, says energy cannot be created or destroyed in isolated systems. We can think about this in terms of soil. As I’ve written here… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Here’s the dirt about soil, a key to sustainable agriculture

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Please don’t call the soil “dirt.” Dirt is what you sweep off the kitchen floor. Soil is a glorious life-filled layer that sustains us. Soil is, as the subtitle of a great book by William Bryant… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Soil is a key resource as we seek sustainable agriculture

“Sustainable: Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.”  – The Oxford Living Dictionary BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I began using the word “sustainable” some years ago to describe the practices I used on my farm. The term “organic” lost… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Farmers and consumers reap benefits from local food systems

“‘Ere long, the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil. No community whose every member possesses this art can ever be the victim of oppression in any… Continue Reading