Hugelkultur: The Composting Raised Beds

by Dan Hughes Hügelkultur, translated literally from german, means ‘mound culture.’ More specifically, it is the use of rotted wood and other organic materials to create low-input raised beds that are highly water retentive and self-feeding. It is a method that is...

Concerns about Lead in Urban Agriculture

by Vanessa Ventola Hand in hand with the growth of public interest in local and organic produce is the increase in urban farms, community gardens, and backyard vegetable plots. Unfortunately, plants grown for consumption in the urban environment may contain a unique...

Natural Beekeeping

by Lady Spirit Moon, CB, CN, MH Commercial beekeepers keep from 100 to over several thousand beehives for pollinating and creating nucs (a small colony of bees with a queen), usually treating Varroa mites with harsh chemicals, such as fluvalinate and coumaphos. These...

A Second Look at a Classic Holiday Tradition

by Ryan Sitler Introduction Sometime after the Thanksgiving holiday Christmas decorations begin to appear in shop windows and front yards, and by mid-December most of the nation is fully engaged in the Christmas decorating spirit. This time of year often makes me...