I came across a fantastic free ebook today, found on a website called Farming Secrets. It originally appears to be from the Sustainable Land Use department within the State of Tasmania. The full title is “Soil Alive: Understanding And Managing Soil Biology on Tasmanian Farms”. It looks extremely useful, I’m going to be printing it out to digest over the coming days, it’s a short one at 76 pages but looks jam packed with knowledge.
Another fantastic interview by Curtis Stone, this time he’s with Jean-Martin Fortier the author of The Market Gardener. Its basically a discussion about his lifestyle growing food for a living and the ups and downs of running of an intensive organic and profitable small scale farming enterprise. His book comes very highly rated by many people in the Horticulture/Urban Farming world, I’m going to be buying it my self as soon as the funds become available. I loved this interview, very enlightening.
Read the first chapter (20 pages) of the book here: http://www.themarketgardener.com/flipbook/
Jonny and Tammy interviews (starts @ 36min) Bill Petney about his Aquaponics system and touchs on his experiance with raising Quail too, its a good little interview. Bill discusses running his “barrelponics” setup over the last two years and how he plans to go over to using IBC tanks. For those unaware, Aquaponics is using the waste from fish to feed plants and the plants in turn “clean” the water for the fish. You can go a step or two further and be growing edible fish as well as your greens, you can also then feed the fish on soldier fly larvae (from your kitchen scraps) as well. An interesting introduction to Aquaponics.
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Interesting interview (starts @ 13min) with Luke Callahanon on the Survival Podcast. Luke is the founder of Nightlight Farms who sells microgreens in the Portland area. His hands-on experience of growing and selling microgreens at local farmers markets and restaurants has provided Luke with the knowledge and expertise involved in building a successful urban farming business. This success lead Luke to write the book “The Complete Guide to Growing and Selling Microgreens.” Luke talks about the ins and outs of setting up and running a microgreens business.
A really informative interview from one urban farmer to another. Curtis Stone the SPIN Farmer interviews Chris Thoreau from The Food Pedalers a co-operative growing microgreens for Vancouver. They are growing in a modified shipping container that is fully insulated and used for year round growth, it takes advantage of natural light as well as using artificial.They sell to anyone local; restaurants, wholesalers, grocers, farmers markets and families, all delivered on their push irons (bicycles).
The humble blackcurrant is the ultimate “superfruit” which can help fight cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s, new findings show.
The berry is far more nutritious than more exotic fruits such as goji berries and blueberries, favoured by celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna, and has the benefit of being home-grown, scientists claim.
Research by Dr Derek Stewart, of the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI), has found the blackcurrant contains greater levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than 20 other fruits tested.
Crucially the amount of antioxidants means that eating blackcurrants can help prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, eye strain, MRSA and diabetes, among other ailments.
The study looked at 20 fruits and measured the levels of antioxidants and the nutritional value. In the majority of cases the blackcurrant outperformed its rivals.
Dr Stewart, the head of the quality, health and nutrition programme at SCRI, said: “The motivation for the research came from the huge publicity surrounding superfruits, coupled with the lack of consumer knowledge and understanding of what a superfruit is or what a fruit must contain. We wanted to find out which fruit came out on top. And blackcurrants can claim to be the number one superfruit.”
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) have potential for the biocontrol of soil-borne diseases. The objectives of this study were to quantify the interactions between AM fungi [Glomus versiforme (Karsten) Berch and Glomus mosseae (Nicol. & Gerd.) Gerdemann & Trappe] and PGPR [Bacillus polymyxa (Prazmowski) Mace and Bacillus sp.] during colonization of roots and rhizosphere of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill) plants (cultivar Jinguan), and to determine their combined effects on the root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne incognita, and on tomato growth. Three greenhouse experiments were conducted. PGPR increased colonization of roots by AM fungi, and AM fungi increased numbers of PGPR in the rhizosphere. Dual inoculations of AM fungi plus PGPR provided greater control of M. incognita and greater promotion of plant growth than single inoculations, and the best combination was G. mosseae plus Bacillus sp. The results indicate that specific AM fungi and PGPR can stimulate each other and that specific combinations of AM fungi and PGPR can interact to suppress M. incognita and disease development.
STUDY LINK: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21755407