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16 06, 2018

Recipe:Herb-Crusted Pastured Chicken

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Recipe:Herb-Crusted Pastured Chicken By Anna Wills If you can’t find local pasture-raised poultry at your farmer’s market in June then you aren’t really trying! Many poultry farmers in Virginia process their first batch of meat chickens in May after the spring rains give the pastures a flush of green growth that pastured poultry eagerly gobble [...]

16 06, 2018

Garden Tips For June: Mulching and Sowing Successions

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Garden Tips For June: Mulching and Sowing Successions By Ira Wallace Ira Wallace Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast Early in June  mulch tomatoes, peppers, okra, squash, cucumbers and asparagus if it hasn't already been done. Weed or scuffle hoe before mulching. Water as necessary to [...]

16 06, 2018

Book Review: The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy and Serenity

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Book Review: The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy and Serenity By Pam Dawling Carol Deppe, Chelsea Green, 2015 An independent and iconoclastic gardener, Carol introduces each chapter with a passage from her own translation of the 2500 year old Tao Te Ching and intersperses fables from her anthology Taoist [...]

16 06, 2018

Farm Bill

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Whats the latest on the 2018 Farm Bill? by Mark Schonbeck House Farm Bill Defeated On May 18, 30 Republican Representatives joined 183 Democrats to defeat HR 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (aka the House Farm Bill) 198 to 213.  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) welcomed the failure of this “toxic [...]

16 06, 2018

WANTED! Yes, you!

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By Mark Jones We have two existing board positions recently vacated and would like to fill them asap.  The term for these positions runs until the 2020 business meeting at the winter conference. In addition, we would like to increase the number of board members to better reflect the diversity and expertise among biological farmers [...]

16 05, 2018

Garden Tips For May: Weeding, Thinning and Sowing

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by Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast When May comes around it’s time to start weeding and thinning. Thin your beets and carrots 2 weeks after they emerge to keep them growing vigorously. If you want to keep the weeds under [...]

15 05, 2018

Book Review: The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

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By Ira Wallace Reviewed by Pam Dawling January 2014, 200 pages, $19.95. ISBN-13: 978-1-60469-371-3 This book is valuable firstly to new vegetable gardeners and those moving to the Southeast. Of course, experienced gardeners always want to learn from each other, so I encourage anyone growing food in our region, or its neighbors, to get a [...]

15 05, 2018

Recipe: Arugula Salad with Strawberries and Asparagus

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by Linsday Newsome The first signs of spring bring cravings for fresh greens and salads. From chickweed to lambs quarters to lettuce and kale, fresh greens provide our bodies with much needed nutrition and cleansing after the winter months. Asparagus crowns delight the senses as they rise to the spring sun from their winter dormancy. [...]

15 05, 2018

Agricultural Policy: A Call for Immediate Action from National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and Next Steps

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by Mark Schonbeck We have a big problem in Washington, DC.  The House of Representatives is poised to vote on a 2018 Farm Bill that would harm family farmers and rural communities across the nation, and unravel decades of hard-won progress toward a sustainable agriculture and food system.  Among other failings, the House Farm Bill: [...]

17 04, 2018

Recipe: Spring Frittata with Morels, Asparagus and Spring Greens

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by Anna Wills Our calendars say we are four weeks into spring but we had snow flurries April 16 in Bedford County and the first spring purple asparagus has yet to poke from our asparagus beds. I’ve not done much mushroom hunting yet but I bet the morels will be a bit later than usual [...]