Seed Diary

Seeds Pouring

By the Numbers: State of the Independ...

When most people hear the word “independent” used to describe farmers, a host of overlapping imagery comes to mind: relatively small in size, locally-oriented, and organic. Officially, though, the USDA equates the ter...

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Purple Coneflower

The Best Plants to Attract Pollinator...

Pollinators are easy to attract to your farm or garden. There are four keys to success: don’t spray herbicides or insecticides; do provide habitat; do provide a food source; and focus on native species. The first of t...

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House Plant

The Best Indoor Office Plants—and How...

Having a plant or two in your office can really brighten up your space. Studies have found that keeping plants at the office leads to heaps of positive benefits, including increased productivity, better memory retenti...

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Organic Beauty

5 Reasons Getting Certified Organic I...

As the only government-administered label that addresses farming practices, the organic emblem is vitally important. There literally is no other badge that carries as much weight. USDA certified organic-food sales top...

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Bee Hotel

How to Build a Native Bee Hotel

We think of bees as hive creatures with a nasty sting. But not all bees live in hives or have such an aggressive approach to self-defense. In fact, the great majority of native bee species live a solitary lifestyle an...

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Three Bin Composter

How to Build a Three-Bin Composter

Compost—there never seems to be enough. And if you keep adding material to a single heap, the stuff is never really finished. The solution? A three-bin system that allows you to have different piles in various stages ...

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Organic Seed Farming

Why We Need to Revitalize Organic See...

Adapted from The Outsize Importance of the Tiny Organic Seed by Rachel Levin. As agriculture has become more and more industrialized during the past century, genetic diversity has been sacrificed in favor of efficienc...

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Guide to Sustainability

Save Some Green by Going Green: A Beg...

Looking to clean up your lifestyle, but are overwhelmed with where to begin? Here are four simple swaps to incorporate zero-waste practices into your life for a sustainable, greener you! Plastic water bottles are the...

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