The Organic Growers School (OGS) will hold its 26th Annual Growers School Spring Conference Friday through Sunday, March 8 through 10 at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina. The conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living.
On Saturday, March 3, the Whole Health Nation health symposium comes to Zen, in Greenville. The intention of the conference is to help the community regain control of their health by learning to practice the behaviors of our forefathers. Classes such as Weeds: Friend or Foe?, Seed Saving, Mushrooms for Immunity, Culinary Herbs for Healing Meals, Potato Gardening in Containers, and Growing
October 18, 2017 By Carolanne Wright, Contributing writer for Wake Up World For some time now, we’ve been hearing about the important role women have in curbing environmental destruction. After all, the argument goes, the patriarchal system is at the root of our environmental problems — with its sole focus on the profitable bottom line and a complete disregard for the effect industry has on clean air and water, animal habitats, human health and our food supply.
Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues.
Microgreens grow so fast that there’s little time for them to run into trouble. Commercial growers use large trays, but home gardeners can also use pretty coffee mugs or tofu boxes rescued from the recycling bin. Drainage holes in the container bottoms work well when growing beets or other slow-sprouting seeds, but are less important for fastgrowing sunflowers or wheat.
Old-Fashioned Fruits and Veggies Return to the Table By Avery Mack Of the 7,500 varieties of apples in the world, 2,500 are grown in the U.S., but only 100 commercially. As of the 1990s, 70 percent were Red Delicious; more recently they’re being replaced with Gala, Granny Smith and Fuji types from taller, thinner trees that can be planted more compactly for easier harvesting, yet are more sensitive to disease and require trellis supports. Mass-produced fruits and vegetables have been modified over the years to make them look appealing and ship well, while sacrificing taste. Consumers in search of health-enhancing nutrients and robust flavor can find them by instead connecting with the past through food and flowers.