Archive for the ‘Farming’ Category

Farms & flowers

Now while I’m not a farmer, even though I have been a gardener from time to time, I’ve had relatives over the years who were farmers. These days my gardens mostly consist of flowers, so this article was right up my alley.

The article tonight is entitled “Why Farmers Are Using Flowers Instead Of Chemicals To Tackle Pests by Fino Menezes over at Bright Vibes. Love the colors!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

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Minnesota soil

So this article tonight goes right to the heart of a book I talked about a couple of posts ago entitled What’s Under Our Feet (which is also the title of the post) and at the same time, reminds me of our family vacation in Minnesota. Which is also where the author, Paul Bogard resides.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Minnesota Ranch Looks to Regenerate Rather than Sustain It” by Jenny Schlecht over at Capital Journal. I’m guessing Paul would agree.

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian

For most, summer is here

As the wildfire continues to spread across New Mexico and other parts of the southwest, we realize that summer is here.

Just like last year, it appears that Texas is headed towards another dry year as we see in this story, “Drought in California and Texas Threatens US Food Security” by Timon Singh at Inhabitat.

Meanwhile, here in the midwest some are calling it adrought” in this article “Missouri farmers battling ‘flash drought’” by Georgina Gustin at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
 
Finally, lets not forget that the fire continues to rage on in New Mexico and as Philip Conners talked about in his book Fire Season: Fieldnotes from a Wilderness Lookout, we still have a lot to learn. This article over at Yahoo! today entitled “Record NM Blaze Studied for Forest Management” by Susan Montoya Bryan via the Associated Press only confirms that.
 
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Green Librarian
 

My thoughts turn to summer (despite the weather)

As my kids begin to talk about our family cabin up in northern Minnesota, my thoughts turn to summer vacation. So in keeping with that same train of thought, here’s a nice article about a farmer in the small town of Okabena in southern Minnesota over at Care2 entitled “Returning Farmeland to Nature in Minnesota” by Chris via Newslook. There is also a nice little video with it from National Geographic.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Pumpkins and birds

I must say this past weekend was a lot of fun.  So instead of offering a couple of articles or even a video, I thought I would offer up a couple of links, one to our local pumpkin farm and one to an organization that helps out our friends the birds.

First the kids and I went out to our local farm,  called Stuckmeyer’s, to pick out their pumpkins and while didn’t stay as long as usual, we all had a good time. My oldest son found his right away (as usual) and then he helped my youngest son find his pretty quick. Even my daughter, who usually spends quite a bit of time looking for that one that just speaks to her met up with her perfect pumpkin on the early side.

Then on Sunday we went to the World Bird Sanctuary where they celebrated twenty years of wonderful work. We played bingo, spin the wheel, colored some birds and even had some good deserts and picked up some mums to go along with our pumpkins, all while supporting this amazing organization.

Next week, we’re going to go out to another of our great resources, Powder Valley Nature Center (one of our state parks) and celebrate with them.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Wet, wet, wet

While the garden down the street fails to materialize and my kids plant pumpkin plants to hopefully sell, I’ve seen a few articles recently on farmers markets and so as the rain falls, here are a couple of articles on the good old farmers market.

First up, This nice article in our own St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by Georgina Gustin entitled “Green Oasis in a Food Desert“.

Next, also from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is this article about a Farmers Market Manager entitled “Pupils Find New Program Tasty” by Michele Munz.

Finally, here’s some to think about (of which I guess I never really realized) entitled “Food for Thought: Do You Need Farmers for a Farmer’s Market?” by Lauren Etter at the Wall Street Journal.

Bon Appetite!

Green Librarian

It’s official, time to get out in the garden!

I know when the school down the street get’s their garden going, it’s time. So in honor of those who garden, here are some great articles on gardening.

First up,”Economic Meltdown Reason For A New Victory Garden Movement” by Roger Doiron at Alternet via SustainLane.

Taking the next step, we have another good read with “Toward A Less Efficient and More Robust Food System” by Tom Philpott at the Grist.

And if you want to follow a newbie in gardening, then read “A Novice In Search of Bounty” by Michael Tortorello at the New York Times.

Finally, for those of you who don’t discriminate when it comes to fruits and vegetables, then check out “Europe Relaxes Rules On Sale of Ugly Fruits and Vegetables by Stephen Castle also at the New York Times.

Bon Appetit!

Green Librarian