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IDEA Donna at the Sustainable Agronomic Education Association

It was back in February that I attended a conference in McAllen, TX dedicated to sustainable agriculture.  It was quite a whirlwind of information and experiences in a small span of two days. 

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Compost Bonanza!

The students were wanting to amend the soil in their garden and lo, Natural Soil Solutions in Santa Rosa heard the call and donated a full truckload of their finest compost.

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Soil Testing Part Two: Extension Office Results

In a previous post, Soil Testing: A Good Idea,  I used a three dollar test to give a better idea of what was in the soil and how I could work within that framework to better the soil and increase … Continue reading

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Pak Choy Seedlings Bolted

It is pretty.  The nice yellows against a dark green cut with veins of white.  And yet it means that the Pak Choy (or Bok Choy as most Americans call it) is no longer tasty but has gone to seed … Continue reading

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On the Farm: Building a DIY Greenhouse (For less than you think)

So, I have been thinking about building a greenhouse since I started work on the farm and the Christmas Break gave me the perfect opportunity to build that idea out. 

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IDEA at the Weslaco Farmer’s Market

So what is a farmer to do with extra produce sitting in the ground? Sell it to the staff. What about if there aren’t any staff because they are on break? Go to the nearest farmer’s market.

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Environment Club Breaks New Ground…Literally

The Environment Club began moving earth for their raised bed garden project.  They are planning on growing and selling their produce on-campus and at local farmers markets. The Environment Club leaders have been diligently working on a grant that will … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Efficiency: DIY Seed Tape

I am always looking for ways to cut down my time spent doing things that could be consolidated.  Take planting seeds for example.  Conventional wisdom has taught that you either direct seed and must thin seedlings later, or use transplants.  … Continue reading

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A great idea: soil testing

When I first started working on the farm I noticed there was a lot of dried and decomposing manure.  I asked around and found out that the previous farmer had amended the soil very liberally with cow manure.   My first … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms, PVC, and a Germination Station

We finally got rain.  It moved in beautifully around 8:30 am or so and gave the growing plants a nice drink. While it was raining, I was inside the shed working on fixing an old fluorescent light that was laying … Continue reading

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