Farmers Can Receive Grants to Move to Organic Farming

Transition will ditch GMOs and toxic chemicals
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Christina Sarich
February 16, 2016

Two Midwestern states in the U.S. are offering farmers three years of support to move to organic crop production. Farmers would ditch GMOs along with their toxic pesticides and herbicides. The aim is to boost acreage of organically-grown crops in the U.S. once the upper Midwest is well on its way to sustainable farming.

North Dakota and Minnesota have both started grant programs. Minnesota led the way in 2013 and North Dakota began its program this year. The grants, ranging from $750 to $1000, help farmers to transition to organic crops. The money can be used for everything from soil testing to education on how to grow food in a sustainable way.

The new programs disallow using chemicals. Farmers who are switching from mainstream to organic farming practices will learn how to grow crops without using chemicals.

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Make $100,000 per Acre with Beyond Sustainable No Till Farming a Year

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with you the No Till Farming 102 Workshop that took place at the 2016 Eco Farm Conference where Paul Kaiser is able to make $100,000 gross per acre per year on on his farm.

In this episode, you will learn the benefits of using No Till Farming which includes significantly higher income per acre than other types of farming, regenerating the soil, capturing more carbon in the soil, creating year round jobs, producing high quality food, encouraging local flora and fauna.

First, John will share how he uses no-till farming techniques in his no-till garden at home.

Next, Paul, will share important information on why every farm should start doing no-till farming, its benefits and how the US government even promotes no-till farming as the best way to farm to conserve and restore the farm land in the USA. You will discover why Soil Organic Matter continues to decrease in the USA and why current agriculture systems are destroying the soil. You will learn about studies that support this information. You will discover why tilling is so bad for your soil, and you should never do it. You will discover the best soil management strategies to restore and build the soil to levels even BETTER than they were before we starting farming the land. You will also discover how to start a no-till farming field, as well as how to maintain it.

Next, John will share the most important slides from the No Till Farming Workship. You will discover some of the most important of a no-till farming operation, including how 3 people can replant and turn over 3 garden beds in 1 hour. You will also discover why transplants are used instead of starting seeds and why it is so important to start from transplants. Next, you will learn the tools that are used to do no-till farming. You will learn the best materials to build a long lasting, no-snag garden benches. You will discover the seed starting mixture and about different types of compost that is used in this notill farming system. You will discover the importance of diversity of growing different types of plants, natives, pollinator crops, hedgerows, and more in a no-till farming system. You will also learn how no till farming is MORE profitable than conventional and even standard organic agriculture.

Finally you will discover how notill farming done in a proper manor is the parmount of environmental sustainability, can help to sequester carbon in the soil, provide economic prosperity, as well as be social just and responsible. In the end, you will learn that No Till Farming is one of the best farming techniques that can help to solve the food crisis, economic crisis and soil crisis that is the word is currently experiencing today.

Students Learn Organic Farming, Sell Thousands of Pounds of Produce After Internship

Let’s Continue This Type Of Education

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Source: NaturalSociety.com
Christina Sarich
January 27, 2016

As part of the growing need to find sustainable ways to provide organic, quality food for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors, more young people have become interested in organic farming. Now new programs are teaching children the importance of self-sustainable farming, and how to farm using age-old techniques.

A primary modern issue with farming, in many cases, has been a lack of education from one generation to another since many of our ancient seed-saving, planting, and harvesting practices have been lost to the corporate agricultural model. Now, we are finally starting to mend this escalating issue. For example, with one program run by Dr. Steve McLaskey of the Sustainable Living Department at Maharishi University’s organic farm, students learn how to organic farm in every aspect, and their success has been astounding.

With the use of just a small, one-acre plot and a few greenhouses, students learn every aspect of growing organic vegetables. They plan, operate tractors, coddle seeds into seedlings, make compost, prepare the land, and even sell the produce they grow at the local farmer’s market. Students of the University have an opportunity to learn state-of-the-art organic growing processes and organic farming.

Students learn how to prepare the land for planting, and get rid of caterpillars by spraying a non-toxic bacteria on plants. They learn when certain vegetables need to be planted and harvested, how to manage and plan irrigation, including preparing for rainy days, and every aspect of what it would take to run their own organic farm.

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