At Full Belly Farm, plastic mulch has helped save water, energy, and soil
April 24, 2015
One of the things that we have been committed to experimenting with in the last few years is reduced tillage on our farm—in other words, fewer tractor passes through our fields and less turnover of the soil. Among other things, we normally use tractors to cultivate out weeds, turn under our cover...
Warm winters could mean less fruit harvested in California
April 23, 2015
Cherries are finicky trees. They don’t like it when it gets too hot, when there’s not enough rain, and when it doesn’t stay cold enough during the winter. For the last few winters, California’s cherries have had all three of these environmental stresses and responded by producing fewer cherries. “...
World’s small farms squeezed by land pressures
July 30, 2014
Clear Spring Farm, PA. If you live in an eco-conscious region fighting to preserve its local family farms, chances are you’ve seen bumper stickers such as ““Know your farmer, know your food.” “I don’t buy food from strangers.” And “Who’s your farmer?”  maybe on a beat-up pickup truck bringing...
Winter spared most fruit trees, so summer will be sweet
May 19, 2014
I recently traded the concrete jungle of Philadelphia’s inner city for the rolling fields and farm houses of Adams County, PA, to check in with two family farms that provide fruit for The FruitGuys throughout the year. Peach blossoms reach toward the sun at Three Springs Farm Three Springs I...
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January 29, 2014
Image courtesy of Good Humus Produce, Capay CA To start the New Year there are as usual, many things on our minds. The most pertinent is what to say when asked about the drought? Of course. It can be paralyzing: the thought of extended drought is one of the game changers that no one is truly...
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January 29, 2014
Image courtesy of Skyelark Ranch, Brooks CA Recently, California’s growers and water districts approached Governor Jerry Brown to declare California in a state of drought. It has been one of the driest winters on record and the state’s reservoirs, snow pack, streams and rivers have been greatly...
January 22, 2014
Steve Frecon & Henry Frecon of Frecon Farms, Boyertown PA BOYERTOWN, PA -- You may think “farmer direct” and “local produce” are trendy concepts invented for the millennium, but Boyertown, Pennsylvania’s Frecon Farms has been getting their fruit directly into the hands of consumers almost...
December 18, 2013
Farmer Allen Freeman with granddaughter Emery at the Orange Patch, Mesa, AZ. Phoenix and Mesa, AZ, locals may know the Salt River for tubing fun, but it also has a serious job of watering the luscious navel orange, grapefruit, and tangerine trees of Lehi Valley. Starting this week, we'll see the...
Permaculture creates sustainable farmscapes
December 17, 2013
Permaculture Principles: Earth Care, Fair Share, People Care Image courtesy of David Holmgren Permaculture has been making its way into mainstream discussions of agriculture, coming down the rainspout fed by the work of gardeners, farmers, ecologists, and visionaries. But what exactly does it...
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December 11, 2013
Once again we have felt a monumental shift in the weather here in the valley. Pleasantly warm fall days have given way to frosty mornings that turn into short frigid days. Many trees have been stripped bare of their leaves by the harsh north wind and nightly frosts. And we, the residents of the...

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