Mushroom Cultivation: Pasteurising Bulk Substrate for Many Bags of Shrooms

So you’ve got your bag/jar of spawn, and you’re ready to turn it into many bags (or buckets) of mushrooms. Here’s a simple + effective way to go about that process. Firstly, take your bag or jar of spawn that you’ve either cultivated yourself, or bought from a mushroom supplier. Break up the spawn (easier to do without touching the spawn …

Reduced till goes organic: Q&A with soil scientist Doug Collins

  As a Small Farms Extension Specialist for Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Collins finds new ways to bring the benefits of reduced tillage to the state’s growing organic agriculture industry. In honor of Washington Organic Week, Sept. 12 to 19, Collins answers questions below about …

[PDF] [Tips & Techniques] Sustainable Blackberries and Raspberries

“Sustainable Blackberries & Raspberries: A self-assessment workbook for growers,” is designed to help farmers understand individual tasks and decisions on the farm and to self-evaluate and rate the sustainability of those decisions. The topics outlined in the workbook are not a set of recommendations but a set of considerations. …

New thinking for organic combinable crop agronomy

Mr Pawsey said: “Soil has a limited ability to store N, and its release is partly dictated by soil structure. Building fertility can help increase soil organic matter and balance the release of nitrous oxide [NO2] into the atmosphere,” he said. He is taking inspiration from growers in Scandinavia in an effort to find new ways to grow crops and …

Instead of Using Pesticides, Farmers Can Plant More Flowers

A new study shows that fields bordered by native hedgerows had higher levels of pest-eating insects. Planting flowers is no vanity. Not only does having a variety of blooms dotting the edges and uncultivated parts of a farm provide forage for bees and other pollinators, but it can reduce the amount of pesticides used on crops. That’s the major …

Farmers, Scientists Work To Find Organic Solution To Invasive Fly

Prices for organic produce are always a little higher. But lately you might have noticed you’re paying even more for berries. That’s partially because of a tiny fly called spotted wing drosophila. It’s a lot like an ordinary fruit fly, only it can lay its eggs inside a piece of fruit even before it starts to go bad. Heather Leach walks along …

Food Forests Could Bring Free Healthy Organic Food To Everyone For The Same Cost As Roadside Grass

Food forests or Forest gardening have been around for a long time with many of the native cultures practicing this form of sustainable agriculture. It is a form of low-maintenance plant-based food production which replicates natural ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, running vines and perennial …