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|i love dirt! Nature's Art Box and let's go outside!|
|Looking back from the track loader|
|The load arrives, right next to the Norway Spruce we planted|
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|Spread and ready to be mulched|
|After the first pass with the mower|
|Ready for the snow, a few freeze/thaws and these leave pieces will be rich soil|
|Preparing beds for next spring|
|These Echinacea seeds can't wait!|
|Grass identification slide|
Thanks for sharing, Jeff! Your interest in sustainability brings another dimension to how we think about agriculture and that is always a good thing.
The expert in the video mentions diversity of crops is best for soil microbe health. Do you think that simple crop rotation is enough to do this? Crop rotation has been a best practice, however I understand sometimes this isn’t done. So are cover crops used in the winter in soy and corn fields? Or are they planted somewhere else?
Thanks for the extra information, Jeff! Cover crops sound like a good tool to use. Hopefully they will continue to gain ground :)
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A new idea: If we revive the tiny creatures that make dirt healthy, we can bring back the great American topsoil. But farming culture — and government — aren't making it easy.
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Integrating biologicals into your program is smart, simple and cost-effective.
Builders strip topsoil off developments to build roads, driveways and homes, but some fail to return it, said John Swanson, a conservationist at Polk Soil and Water Conservation District. "People are left with a rock-hard, compacted soil that builders roll the sod right on top of. It doesn't absorb water much better than concrete," he said. "Homeowners are left with a yard that's not very healthy." The Des Moines Register
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|Kids Yoga in front of DUG's new Hoop House|
|Farm Baby Foods had their local, organic baby and toddler food|
|Urban Ambassadors shared their mission to empower and inspire sustainable living|