Everything you ever wanted to know about hoophouses

Winter in the hoophouse with Adam Montri
These passive solar greenhouses called hoophouses are revolutionizing the way food is raised in this country, especially in colder climates. Michigan State University Hoophouse Specialist Adam Montri shares his expertise. Check back often for updates and additions. Click here for more . . .

Lisa Ostler shares tips and techniques for first-time
backyard chicken producers - click here for more

An experiment at Michigan State University's Student Organic Farm on constructing multi-bay high tunnels for organic fruit production (raspberries and strawberries) - updated May 2013

Bridget Patrick's Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm

Rebecca Titus - next generation organic

International Foods - New niche markets for sustainable farmers

Sustainable Farmer recognizes the importance of helping our readers serve unique and growing markets nationwide. In our Catering to Cultures section, we offer information and advice on growing specialty crops for diverse racial, ethnic and religious groups. We also offer information the cultural context that can be so important in demonstrating cultural sensitivity and awareness.

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MARKETING - Farm Markets & Consumers: What do the labels mean?

Do consumers understand the difference between home grown and farm direct? What does it mean to say that something "locally grown"? Do consumers know what to ask? As consumers become more sophisticated, farm markets are often strugging to keep pace. Senior Editor Alisha Green explores the issues. Click here for more . . .
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Click here to read Matt Russell's recent testimony to Congress about what climate change has already done to his farm in Lacona, Iowa.

Sustainable Farmer Maynard Beery: He abandoned industrial agriculture to pursue raising pasture-fed beef

Maynard talks about the farm's transition during Less=More, a session on sustainable agriculture by the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club.

In addition to the methods discussed in the video, commercial growers have also explored "flaming" and "ditching." Flaming involves outfitting a tractor with aflamethrower and using it on the bugs when they emerge. Done properly, it somewhat injures the plants, but they come back and the beetles don't. (Click here for more.) Ditching is used with crop rotation to prevent the beetles from moving into the new potato field. Carve out a ditch around the new field and line it with plastic. The idea is that the bugs will fall into the dtich and be unable to climb up and out.

Using a crimper to flatten cover crops, with Michigan State University ag extension agent Dale Mutch.

Vermicomposting with the Morgan Family

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