Episode 7-What Farmers And Gardeners Should Know About Soil Testing – Part 2 CEC, OM, Base Saturation and Nutrients

Shows why testing helps you build quality soils

  ABOUT EPISODE 7 Laboratory based testing helps you build quality soils for your farm and garden.  This is because tests provide information about what your soils need, rather than simply highlighting what your fertilizer distributor has on sale. But the numbers on a lab report are only valuable if you know how to interpret them.  In this episode, host ...

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Episode 6 What Farmers and Gardeners Need to Know About Soil Testing (Part I-At Home Assessments and Soil pH)

Shows a farmer testing his soil.

Farmers and gardeners can improve production with regular at home and laboratory based soil testing.   Learn facts about soil color, texture, and aroma, and living creatures in and on your soil that can guide you to better production.   Learn how to choose a soil testing lab, why pH is one of the most common variables included on your lab report, ...

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Episode 5: (Bonus Episode) David Lucero on Why Local Farms Need Local Business

Image of credit card processing on a local apple orchard reminds us that small farms are small businesses

ABOUT EPISODE 5 (This bonus episode includes discussion of affiliated services from our marketplace!) David Lucero discusses the interdependence between local farms and local business, providing real life examples based on his experiences in farming, ranching, agricultural finance and marketing.  These experiences brought David from a small farming and ranching operation in Arabela, New Mexico to development of global agricultural ...

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Episode 4: Mineral Balancing in the Diet

Graphic illustrates relative amounts of mineral nutrients found in a natural diet.

Podcast Transcript: An Excess of One Nutrient Can Create Deficiencies in Others The concept of balancing minerals within the diet has been understood by life science researchers and nutritionists for at least 50 years. Yet surprisingly, in the competitive world of nutraceuticals, the importance of balancing minerals is easily overlooked. And I don’t just mean it is overlooked by consumers ...

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Episode 3-Keeping Soils Healthy Through the Winter

Podcast Transcript Are You Tending Your Soil Microbes as Winter Approaches? As the days are getting shorter and the weather’s getting colder, it’s tempting to put your farm or garden soil on the back burner, so to speak, and start thinking about: how to store all the produce you just harvested who to invite over for the holidays or how ...

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Episode 2-Healthy Food Systems and Economic Growth

This image illustrates the ideal relationship between food systems, free trade, and government. A small government sits on top of a large free trade system that sits above an even larger food system.

Podcast Transcript: Hello, Last week I promised to elaborate on my cornerstones model and to explain how healthy food systems fuel growth throughout the economy. A Clean Environment Comes First Whenever I introduce the cornerstones, I always start with the environment. The reason I do this is because the environment came first. The natural resource base we live in and ...

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Episode 1: The Cornerstones of Healthy Food Systems are Hidden Behind Society’s Magic Eye

(podcast transcript) The Cornerstones (that Build Healthy Food Systems) are Hard to See Thank you for tuning in to episode one, where I’m going to explain why gaining access to safe. healthy food is really a simple process,  0nce you focus on setting the cornerstones in place. The problem keeping so many of us from building sustainable food systems lies ...

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Freedom, Public Health, and the Vax/Anti-Vax Dilemma

Image of nurse holding syringe

  Truth Lies at the Center of Opposing Perspectives The launch of rapidly produced COVID-19 vaccines helped catapult the Vax/Anti-Vax Debate from the dark corners of the internet onto the front pages of mainstream media.  Honest efforts to explore opposing sides of the debate quickly reveal how fearful people are of truths that challenge their paradigm. This resistance to debate ...

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Herbicide Drift Ignites a Toxic Cascade

Herbicides Don’t Just Kill Weeds In the last post, we looked at biological cascades in ecosystems.  We saw that seemingly unrelated activities are linked together through complex food webs.  Living creatures that seem unrelated at first glance turn out to be so dependent on one another that what benefits one species can benefit many.  Likewise, what hurts one can hurt ...

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Recognizing the Complexity of Biological Cascades

This image shows water cascading over a waterfall. Just as the water that falls is hard to reverse, actions in biology can trigger reactions that are difficult to change.

  What do pollution, obesity, livestock production, and the COVID-19 pandemic have in common?  According to the cornerstones model of healthy food systems, each of these factors plays into the security and sustainability of the food webs we rely on to maintain food security, health, and prosperity.  Other factors are involved of course, but for simplicity in today’s discussion, I ...

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