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Washington’s Fabulous Potatoes

Sure, I live in Idaho, the state of famous potatoes.  But our next door neighbor grows massive amounts of potatoes, too.  In fact, Washington has been declared to have “the world’s most productive potato fields.” About 250 Washington farms produced … Continue reading

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Thought of the Week

It all begins with the soil -Wilbur-Ellis, Ideas to Grow With

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Thought of the Week

“Our fields are never bare. When you use a shovel to look at the soil in our fields, it’s like a geological dig. Much of it hasn’t been turned over in 40 years.  It has a thick duff layer to … Continue reading

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Thought of the Week

“The soil must be treated as a living thing, and when you stop tillage the organisms that produce the nutrient exchange systems that feed our crops return in mass.  The soil once again becomes healthy like it was in the … Continue reading

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Thought of the Week

As odd as it may sound, civilization’s survival depends on treating soil as an investment, as a valuable inheritance rather than a commodity – as something other than dirt. Dirt  

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Thought of the Week

Many factors may contribute to ending a civilization, but an adequate supply of fertile soil is necessary to sustain one. Using up or covering over the soil and moving onto new land will not be a viable option for future … Continue reading

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Thought of the Week

We have to work with the soil not as a factory but as a living system. The future of humanity depends as much on this philosophical realignment as on technical advances in agrotechnology and genetic engineering. Dirt

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Thought of the Week

When our soils are gone, we must go unless we find some way to feed on raw rock. -Thomas Chamberlain  

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Thought of the Week

The way we treat our soils will shape humanity’s options in the next century and beyond. Dirt

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Thought of the Week

If every farmer in the United States were to adopt no-till practices and plant cover crops, American agriculture could squirrel away as much as 300 million tons of carbon in the soil each year, turning farms into net carbon sinks, … Continue reading

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