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Once an Ag Teacher, Always and Ag Teacher

Libby Hamilton recently shared her passion for teaching agriculture at Gadsden High School, in Southern New Mexico. After retirement, she continues to volunteer by mentoring new teachers, writing grants, and planning a farmer’s market.  Gadsden High School is in a low income community, where many families have only minimal access to fresh produce.   A farmer’s market would provide a community ...

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The Johnson-Su Bioreactor Enriches Beneficial Soil Fungi

Stop Turning Your Compost Composting offers a terrific way to culture native microbes that benefit your soil. However, there is more to a good compost than simply building a pile of manure or and yard waste. Proper aeration is important to prevent overheating and to ensure that aerobic microbes dominate the mixture. This is why many large scale composting facilities ...

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Five Important Health Facts Your Doctor Never Shared With You

1. Doctors Don’t All Take the Hippocratic Oath. I learned about the Hippocratic Oath from my parents, who believed all physicians took a Hippocratic Oath that bound them to serve the patient and “do no harm.”  Only recently did I revisit this information.  I learned that only about 11% of contemporary physicians even take the oath.  Furthermore, the oath itself ...

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Chemical Dependencies That Are Impacting You!

Thinking Beyond Opioids and Street Drugs Chemical dependency is often viewed narrowly, as dependence on drugs. The phrase itself conjures up images of meth labs in trailer parks, and homeless addicts shooting heroine in dark alleys.   But most of us know deep inside that this is only one tragic aspect of a much deeper problem.  In recent years, we are ...

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Finding Freedom Within the Herd

  Most of us claim we want freedom to do as we please.  Yet throughout history we see examples of individuals and civilizations alike fighting for freedom only to gravitate back to states of oppression.  Whether we describe the Hebrews asking Moses to be their king after leading them out of Egypt,  American revolutionaries asking George Washington to be king ...

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Six Traits Keep Angels Standing Tall In New Mexico’s Economic Whirlwinds

  Changing Times are Troubling We often hear about challenges we are facing in modern times.  Real and/or perceived effects of climate change, globalization, big data, and the largest human population ever are undoubtedly stressing contemporary society.  Some of these have been put into perspective with the popular YouTube Video, Did You Know.  I’ve inserted it below for your convenience. ...

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Fungal Rich Compost Supports Vigorous Plant Growth

Fungal superhighways operate underground to decompose minerals and nutrients from soil and deliver them to plants.  For this reason, fungi are powerful, yet too often overlooked additions to plant production.  Many industrial agricultural techniques damage these fungal communities, resulting in less than optimal crop yields, reduced crop nutrition, and increased need for agrochemicals.  As a result, many organic farmers, and even ...

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Education for Sustainable Living

What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living refers to the adoption of lifestyles or cultures that support healthy and prosperous communities and healthy ecosystems for present and future generations.  Lifestyles are shaped through education.  Education that allows students to interact with their environment and experience healthy, prosperous living is more likely to produce sustainable cultures.  This essay compares educational trends observed in the 1980’s and today, highlighting ...

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Five Ways Teachers Can Recharge Their Batteries This Summer

Public School Teaching is Stressful. There has always been a special place in my heart for teachers. My parents both taught in public schools, and my first career was in education. Those teachers who influenced my own life held a love for their subject matter and carried the best interests of their students close to heart. However, I sensed early ...

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What Exactly is a Biological Soil Crust?

Soil Crusts are Tiny Communities that Can Help You Build Healthy Soil Did you ever walk out in the desert following a rainstorm?  If so, you may have noticed a thin black or green layer  on the surface of the soil.   Of course. you may have noticed a sprinkling of dry, black powder on the soil surface on a sunny day too, ...

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