The Neglected Plant Nutrient

This image of a seedling challenges the viewer to consider which plant nutrient is most neglected.

The neglected plant nutrient, carbon, is arguably the most important plant nutrient because, out of seventeen recognized plant nutrients, carbon makes up the largest portion of the plant’s dry weight.  Is it realistic to expect all this carbon to come from atmospheric CO2?  Are you including  carbon with your N, P, and K? LINKS FOR FURTHER READING Humic Acids and ...

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The Microbial Economy and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

Image shows that microbes can be used in agriculture to mitigate greenhouse gasses.

Microbial economies trade greenhouse gasses for food and energy.   By tapping into this system, we can increase agricultural profits.  This is because microbially driven agricultural systems require fewer costly chemicals to support. As carbon credit systems become more universal, it is reasonable to assume that farmers who operate to maintain healthy soil microbial communities will also be eligible for payments ...

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Oxytocin for Heart Health and More

Oxytocin supports heart health and more.   Often referred to as the “Love Hormone,” this little molecule is best known for its effects on social behavior. When oxytocin levels are high, humans and other mammals feel drawn to one another. Social animals require healthy bonding for survival, and oxytocin has probably evolved to reinforce those bonds.   Oxytocin released during childbirth ...

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Dryland Tree and Shrub Establishment

Establishing Trees and Shrubs on dry lands requires water-smart methods like including hydrogel filled irrigation tubes with transplants.

Dryland tree and shrub establishment can be tricky because young seedlings and transplants need to stay moist. In EPISODE 10  we look at simple strategies you can use to ensure your dryland plantings live, grow, and feed your soil.  These strategies protect biodiversity and help restore the environmental cornerstone of healthy food systems. Wondering if dryland planting is worth the trouble?  ...

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Freedom through Entrepreneurship

This image illustrates entrepreneurship as a path to personal freedom.

Freedom through entrepreneurship is rarely discussed by high school and college career counselors.  Could this be because few of the career counselors in public institutions have experienced success in business?  It is hard to say for sure. However, in the world of the Great Resignation, the combined demands of the pandemic and increased technology have forced many employees to consider ...

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Why Keep Native Plants on Your Farm or Garden

Podcast describes Reasons for Native Plants

Reasons to include native plants are abundant. Listen to this week’s episode to learn why we include native plants on our farm.   Can you benefit from using natives in your farm or garden?   Description LINKS TO RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Medicinal Herb eBook and Newsletter Signup USDA Plants Database (Unaffiliated Public Website) ABOUT EPISODE 8 Host Mary Lucero discusses ...

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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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