Callie, Author at Garden Culture Magazine

Sustainable Agriculture Reverses College Enrollment

From liberal arts colleges to land-grant universities, sustainable agriculture is making its mark upon higher education. Not so much for growing organic food on campus, as it’s making an education in agriculture a desirable career pursuit again. Hearing that enrollment in traditional agriculture studies stagnated back in 2008 doesn’t surprise me at all. Kids entering college that year had probably been exposed to the problems with GMOs throughout high school, if not longer. Consumer revolt against Roundup Ready food crops and mad science plant ‘breeding’ was already underway and picking up steam. The actual grocery store exodus from poor,...

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The Cost-Efficient Geothermal Greenhouse

In a bitterly cold climate, a geothermal greenhouse is the only cost-effective way to grow food all winter long. Most people use water circulation kept warm far below the surface to heat a structure, but there’s a little known method that uses only air. One that University of Nebraska scientists said would never work back in 1979. Never say never! North Platte Natural Resources District (NPNRD) in Nebraska is in the fundraising stage of constructing just such a geothermal greenhouse. Their model is far more sustainable, requiring no electricity. It’s a modern version of the one those scientists told...

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Urban Farming Legend Will Allen Retired

To say that Will Allen was the Godfather of Urban Farming is pretty appropriate. Awarding him that title wasn’t my idea, but it certainly fits his work well. Many an urban farm startup – nonprofit or otherwise – looked up to the man, his organization, and his views. You might say that this instigator of the Good Food Revolution inspired millions, perhaps billions, worldwide. That he altered the course of many lives, neighborhoods, and cities. Learning that the founder of Milwaukee’s Growing Power decided to retire wasn’t surprising. He’s been a whirlwind of urban farming action and guidance for...

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Amazon Developing Consumer Garden Service?

It looks like garden service is coming to the plethora of things Amazon offers you. Simply by uploading a photo of your garden, the application will identify your crops. A good thing if you don’t know what is growing out there. But for most, the recipes for using your harvest will certainly be of interest. Of course, it will suggest marketplace items you need to make that dish. Some will think this a natural progression now that they own Whole Foods. But they filed the patent application in 2014 but wasn’t granted until this October. Unless Amazon had long-range...

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GMO Breeding Reduces Crop Adaptability

A private GMO corn study reveals that high yield “breeding” is messing up the crop’s ability to adapt to environmental stress and change. Not surprising. They use a very limited gene pool suited to the desired result; ever-increasing yields. However, as many a farmer and gardener knows, there’s a limit to what is possible with plants. Before you even start tampering with their genetic structure and splicing in foreign entities like bacteria and pesticides. Common sense tells you this will cause an imbalance, much like the chemistry of the human body being out of whack. We all know that...

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