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Making Crop Rotation The Standard

Crop rotation sounds like such a great lo-tech tool for food production with a plethora of environmental good tacked on. So why isn't the usage of this tool commonplace? If it's economics, could we as consumers shift the incentives? [more inside]
posted by shaqlvaney on Nov 23, 2016 - 10 answers

What would an underwater farm look like in a freshwater ecosystem?

I've been hearing a lot of interesting stuff lately about kelp/seaweed farming, which often incorporates oysters, mussels, etc. Is a practical analogue for freshwater ecosystems possible? [more inside]
posted by cnidaria on Sep 25, 2016 - 10 answers

WOOFing...what's the best way to contact a host farm?

I finally bit the bullet and bought a membership to WOOF after mulling for a year or so. For those of you that have successfully established work with a host farm: how do you go about it? [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo on Sep 22, 2016 - 2 answers

Why would a farmer replow and replant fields of corn?

I drive past multiple small farms on my way to work every day. All of the farms plowed and planted their corn several weeks ago. One farm in particular had already planted, the corn was growing in its little rows, etc. But then one morning this farm's fields were empty again-- completely replowed. Now, a short time later, a new crop of new corn is growing. Why? Why would a farmer decide to scrap multiple fields of a crop that is already growing? I've been seriously tempted to knock on the farmhouse door and ask, because I'm so very curious about what would justify the expense and lost growing time. Help me understand with your agri-wisdom! [more inside]
posted by a fiendish thingy on Jun 15, 2016 - 11 answers

Suggestions for where to look for a horticulture degree?

I've decided to see what I can do about some form of advanced education. I'm looking at a degree in horticulture but I'm somewhat stuck beyond that. [more inside]
posted by Socinus on Feb 20, 2016 - 10 answers

Recommend a book on growing grapes for wine.

Please recommend a book on how to do this. The more textbooky the better. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Sep 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me food hub!

I'm the co-founder of a developing food hub - any MeFites with experience or involvement with a food hub care to offer their thoughts or advice on best practices? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Jul 5, 2015 - 2 answers

WWOOF Exchanges: What to expect?

I am very curious about WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) exchanges, as a prospective volunteer for short-term periods of time. Before I spend $40 to become a member, can anyone who has worked with WWOOF (either as a volunteer or as a host, but especially as a volunteer) shed light on what to expect? What to do versus what not to do? I'm in the US and will probably want to first consider locations here, but am by no means looking to rule out opportunities abroad! [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 20, 2015 - 8 answers

help me understand the (farming) concept of quota (supply management)

I've been trying to get my head around the concept of quota, as it relates to, for example, dairy or egg producers in Ontario. I'm starting to think that this is probably one of the worst explained concepts I've ever come across. [more inside]
posted by spacediver on Dec 31, 2014 - 10 answers

Odd cultivation method in fallow fields

I live in an area with a lot of agriculture. Being late November, most of the crops have been harvested, and the soil has been cultivated to prepare for the next planting. In most of the fallow fields this means that they've made long, raised rows. In some of the fields, though, the soil has been formed into perfectly spaced hillocks about one foot tall. 1) Why? 2) What kind of farm implement makes these mounds? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Nov 28, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me get my wife into fungus farming

My wife is interested in a grow your own mushroom kit and can you help guide me turn this gift up to 11? [more inside]
posted by cmfletcher on Nov 20, 2014 - 9 answers

What is the Food Justice Movement? How do I get involved?

I've seen the Food Justice Movement referred to a lot but I don't have a clear idea of what it means. I'm also wondering what opportunities are out there. [more inside]
posted by hummingbird on Nov 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Online Resoucres For rural life in 1800s New England.

I'm looking for online resources describing daily life and struggles in rural New England in the 1800s, ideally around the mid-century period and in Vermont/New Hampshire. Narratives favored over statistics but non-fiction favored over fiction.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Agricultural UAV's and crop analysis

I'm interested in learning more about precision farming and the use of drones / UAV's in crop analysis. I've done plenty of online research but I'm hoping to benefit from the experience of the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by juva on Sep 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Images of crops/livestock before selective breeding

I'm giving a talk soon that will include a few slides about the dramatic changes wrought by selective breeding, mostly on food crops and livestock. I'm looking for examples and images (ideally public domain) that I can use to say e.g. "here's what it looked like in the wild, and here's what it looks like after 2,000 years of domestication". [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 20, 2014 - 19 answers

Grow food in a giant cave?

I'm working on a story where some people live in a cave and have to grow their own food inside. I would like some idea of what could realistically be grown in this situation (more details below). [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jun 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Why do farmers use "hybrid cultivars" that don't re-seed?

I recently read this terribly sad article in the Guardian, which describes how cotton farmers in India "must purchase fresh seeds as retailers sell them only as hybrid cultivars, which prevents growers from replanting them the following year." [more inside]
posted by greenish on May 9, 2014 - 20 answers

Seeking happy farming/homesteading blogs

I am looking for blogs that deal with small-scale farming, homesteading, and sustainable living. [more inside]
posted by jschu on Apr 11, 2014 - 19 answers

What can my friend grow instead of marijuana for profit?

The legal situation surrounding my friends growing operation changed so it is looking like he can't grow marijuana this year. What (legal) alternate crop can he grow and sell that might be synergistic or an easy transition? Crops that might need a lot of care but have a high sale value. Thoughts have included specialty vegetables for Bay Area restaurants, or wormwood for absinthe makers, although we have no idea if those are viable ideas. He is based in Chico, CA.
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2014 - 21 answers

The incredible egg?

I am trying to puzzle out why the supermarket eggs I buy in Europe are so different from the eggs available in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by ohio on Mar 21, 2014 - 29 answers

Growing ginseng for fun and profit

A family member wants to retire a few years early and try to make some extra money growing ginseng on her property. Good or bad idea? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Feb 19, 2014 - 9 answers

What is it like to own an old-ish farm property with a pond and stable?

I'm currently on the market for a house, and have made a critical error in my house hunting quest - I've fallen in love with a house - which is a 1970s era home with stables, a horse paddock, and a pond. I have thus lost the ability to be objective in my assessment of said house, and so I turn to you, AskMeā€¦. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Nov 16, 2013 - 51 answers

Suggestions for business deal presentation

Some months from now, I hope to sit down with some companies interested in buying a particular kind of soap. I'm looking for any suggestions, best practices, or wisdom about how such a presentation should be structured, what information a buyer would like to know, etc. [more inside]
posted by lhtw90 on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Wheat After Corn

I want to know more about the first picture on this page (right click and view for full size) [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Aug 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Why all the horsemeat?

I've followed the hooplah in Europe from a distance and am puzzled as to where all this horsemeat is coming from. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Mar 3, 2013 - 23 answers

Bought a house with a cistern, any ideas on using it succesfully?

Recently purchased a farm property with a Cistern, It currently is filled from the eavestroughs. Any suggestions for starting it up and keeping it running smoothly? [more inside]
posted by vidarling on Feb 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Organic palm oil? Organic soya?

What does it mean for palm oil and soya to be 'organically farmed'? Is it ethical to buy products with organic palm oil in? (I know that in general palm oil is bad news and I try to avoid it.) [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Jan 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Open-range ranching in Ontario

What is the situation regarding open-range ranching in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by jamincan on Dec 17, 2012 - 1 answer

I swear I did not cut down the apple tree!

How can I improve backyard fruit tree fruit? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Aug 26, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I distribute Agricultural Internship information?

Where does one distribute information about a farming internship? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Jul 23, 2012 - 7 answers

At least she knows she doesn't want to be a farmer...

How does someone used to constant mental work adjust to the drudgery of manual labor? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Jul 15, 2012 - 27 answers

Climate change in your favor?

Does climate change ever work in farmers favor? If one region becomes inhospitable for growing a crop due to climate change (like coffee in Peru), does it mean another part of the world may become perfect for growing that crop that was previously not? [more inside]
posted by secretbenjamin on May 27, 2012 - 14 answers

How to break land?

We have an 1 acre field of grass and a few other plants like dandelions etc. We want to turn it into a garden of heirloom and "open pollinated" food, in an effort to reduce our footprint as well as feed our family and others. The question I have is what is the best way to "break" the ground the first time. [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on May 11, 2012 - 21 answers

Finding a sustainable community in Hawaii?

I'm interested in joining/starting some kind of sustainable, intentional community in Hawaii. I've done some basic googling and found some WWOOF places, but I was hoping Metafilter could give more personal feedback. I'm in Honolulu right now and have funds to put roots down elsewhere in the islands. Can anyone recommend a good sustainability course, farm, or personal contacts?
posted by eurypteris on Apr 14, 2012 - 6 answers

What is this grassy crap in the spinach?

Has anyone else noticed that in loose-leaf packages of spinach from the store there's often a few leaves of a grass-like green in with them? What are they, and why do they go bad so fast? [more inside]
posted by gusandrews on Jan 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Farming in Jaipur India

Hi, i will be working with a group of woman in Jaipur, India later in the year that creat handly crafts, the woman farm or 4 months of the year and in the off season are tough basic handicraft techniques to create income. I trying to find out what these woman farmers produce from the land. Does anyone know what Is grown and farmed in the area around Jaipur.
posted by peter1982peter on Dec 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Where do the cows go?

Can you pasture animals in a field that's lying fallow for crop rotation? [more inside]
posted by titus n. owl on Nov 21, 2011 - 16 answers

How long would the yarn supn from a single sheep's wool be?

This is a Fermi Question, I only need an approximate answer: How long would the yarn spun from a single sheep's wool be? Is 2 miles reasonable? What's a good lower bound? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Nov 4, 2011 - 10 answers

What happens when the Canadian Wheat Board monopsony goes away?

The Canadian Wheat Board's monopsony is being abolished. If I were a wheat farmer in Saskatchewan, what could I expect to see over the next five years? [more inside]
posted by twirlip on Oct 17, 2011 - 9 answers

My father is turning our company into a woo factory, can I stop it?

What can I do to convince my father not to take our business into woo-land? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Longterm commitment to this land?

I'm considering buying a 21-acre farm for personal (non-commercial) use and enjoyment. What should I know before launching into this endeavor? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Aug 30, 2011 - 29 answers

Escapist literature for a city girl from the south

Remember when I was on a food book kick? Now I need farm books! [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Jun 13, 2011 - 24 answers

Looking for NPR show

I'm looking for an NPR segment or show that aired in the last year or so. In this story, the issues of diabetes and obesity on Native American reservations were discussed. [more inside]
posted by anansi on Jun 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Help us live in a tent this summer!

Starting in a month, my girlfriend and I will be living for the summer in a 10x16, two room Kelty tent we bought on craigslist. We will be living/working on a farm outside of Olympia, WA. We'd love any advice/experience you might have on long-term tent living. We're super excited about it but we are aware it will suck sometimes... what sucked about it and how can we prepare for the suck? Lots more details inside on building a makeshift kitchen, hopefully cozy bedroom, etc. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Apr 28, 2011 - 27 answers

Mmmm, maples.

I want to live on a large expanse of land, but avoid insane $$$ in property taxes. They say having a farm is the way to go. In that vein: How many maple and birch trees would I have to grow and tap to produce enough syrup of each for personal use? (I'm guessing a gallon if I eat pancakes regularly.) [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Mar 5, 2011 - 33 answers

Why are the farmers tilling so early?

Why, in the middle of winter (now, in Central MI), would a farmer plow under only a strip of land in the middle of his (previously harvested but un-tilled) field? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Mar 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Career Counseling

I feel like I have two very different life goals that aren't compatible with each other at all. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jan 24, 2011 - 21 answers

How do I deal with community supported agriculture flakes?

How do I deal with community supported agriculture flakes? I NEED people to pick up their shares. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Jan 15, 2011 - 39 answers

How to start looking for summer farm jobs

I'm a college student and I want to work on a farm over the summer. [more inside]
posted by frnzks.a on Dec 28, 2010 - 5 answers

What to do with a dead pig?

What to do with a dead pig? [more inside]
posted by mjg123 on Oct 24, 2010 - 21 answers

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