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Cover crops deliver bee forage

In a previous guest post for UC Food Observer, I quoted my FarmLab message to third graders: “Crops’ are what we grow for people, and ‘cover crops’ are what we …

“Clean floors” give way to cover crops

Clean Floors When I was a kid, you could evaluate a lemon grower with a look at his orchard floor. A “clean floor” was a sure sign of good stewardship. …

Guest Blog: 5th generation farmer Chris Sayer

Planting cover crop in an orchard isn’t exciting work. Fill the seeder and drive. Refill the seeder and drive more. Sometimes a stick might jam in the seeder’s mechanism and …

Soil conservation farming wins converts

Soil conservation farming, also known as no-tillage farming, is growing in popularity. The suite of methods promotes leaving fields untilled, the use of cover crops, and other soil-enhancing practices. The …

Alaska farmer gets big yields from tundra

Tim Meyers is farming Alaska tundra. Last year, the farmer from the remote community of Bethel produced 50,000 pounds of vegetables. Meyers credits warmer temperatures, but says the key to …