Library for

food sovereignty

The Library for Food Sovereignty (LFS) is a community-led resource for sharing, building upon, and safeguarding farmer innovations from around the world. Made up of exclusively farmer knowledge, the LFS supports appropriate technologies and open frameworks to advance on-the-ground movements and leverage the potential of local knowledge. The innovations include socio-cultural, environmental, and technical solutions to farming and natural resource management alongside compelling stories.

 

About the Library

  • Library for Food Sovereignty Prototype
    Using information and feedback from the stakeholder gathering, AGC worked with CauseLabs to build a roadmap and blueprint for LFS. Click the prototype...
    July 7, 2017
  • Library for Food Sovereignty
    The Library for Food Sovereignty Executive Summary
    The Library for Food Sovereignty (LFS) initiative is a multi-stakeholder effort to centralize farmer innovations and agricultural experimentations go...
    September 23, 2016
  • LFS Stakeholder Gathering Report
    From September 19 – 22, 2016, A Growing Culture together with KEA hosted a gathering of 45 invited participants in the remote central Ugandan fa...
    September 22, 2016
  • LFS Stakeholder Gathering Video
    From September 19-22, 2016, A Growing Culture joined with Kikandwa Environmental Association and Prolinnova to host the first Library for Food Soverei...
    September 22, 2016

Farmer Innovations

  • Hybrid Beehive, Kisumu, Kenya
    Dejakes Osida Olwendo The Story: Dejakes grew up watching his older brother manage his family’s bee apiary, learning tips and tricks along the ...
    August 18, 2017
  • Elizabeth Traditional Seed Preservation
    Traditional Seed Preservation, Kakun, Kenya
    Elizabeth Ojuang Liech The Story: Elizabeth grew up in the grassy hills of Kakun’s farmland. Throughout her childhood, she watched and learned the m...
    June 23, 2017
  • Monia Oramo Opundo Apuodho Cake
    Apuodho Cake, Kakun, Kenya
    Monica Oramo Opundo The Story: In Kakun, Kenya, the local community has eaten apuodho (a local pumpkin variety) for its medicinal qualities for gener...
    June 9, 2017
  • termite control using leaf mulch
    Termite Control Using Leaf Mulch, Odisha, India
      Dr. Debal Deb The Story: Below the surface of farms across eastern and central India live colonies of termites. Held at bay by heavy rains during t...
    June 1, 2017
  • Thomas making his lumpy skin disease treatment
    Traditional Lumpy Skin Disease Treatment, Kisumu, Kenya
    Thomas Oloo Odiyo The Story: Thomas, now 80 years old, has been farming his entire life. As a child, he learned the traditional methods his family...
    May 26, 2017
  • Nicholas with his walking tractor
    Walking Tractor, Kambi Awendo, Kenya
    Nicholas Opundo The Story: As a boy, Nicholas always wanted to be a mechanical engineer. He enjoyed tinkering around with machines, experimenting ...
    May 19, 2017
  • Beekeeping Beehive
    Beekeeping, Kikandwa, Uganda
    Buuma Leonard The Story: In July 2016, the Kikandwa community came together to discuss the negative impacts of climate change. Many farmers were noti...
    May 12, 2017
  • Unripe Pawpaw and Vegetable Meal
    Unripe Pawpaw and Vegetable Meal, Kakun, Kenya
    Jenipher Adoyo The Story: Jenipher knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in farming. Growing up in rural Kakun, Kenya, as one of ...
    May 5, 2017
  • John Ouko's Homemade Fish Meal
    Homemade Fish Meal, Kosamo, Kenya
    John Ouko Aluko The Story: Growing up on his family farm, John and his 11 siblings helped his parents with a variety of tasks. Typical days included ...
    April 28, 2017
  • Ms Thu_Traditional Turmeric Farming
    Traditional Turmeric Farming, Chi Tan Village, Vietnam
    Ms. Thu The Story: Ms. Thu, originally the owner of a steel shop, is new to farming. Her husband’s family (who were traditionally turmeric farmers) in...
    April 21, 2017
  • Debdulal Bhattacharya New Landrace
    Selection and Breeding of a New Landrace, West Bengal, India
    Debdulal Bhattacharya The Story: For centuries, farmers have practiced selection and breeding of traditional crop landraces (domesticated, locally a...
    April 14, 2017
  • Organic Pesticide CHARLES JUMA WAO
    Organic Pesticide, Kisumu, Kenya
    Charles Juma Wao The Story: Nestled along the shoreline of the Winam Gulf, Lake Victoria, Kisumu county is lush, green as far as the eye can see. He...
    April 6, 2017
  • Tubar Farming System
    Tubar Farming System, Kowiti, Kenya
    Michael Ochieng Laro developed a time-saving farming method he calls the Tubar Farming System. Michael Ochieng Laro The Story: Michael, now 45 years...
    March 28, 2017
  • Biochar Bokashi Compost
    Biochar Bokashi Compost, Hanoi and Ninh Binh, Vietnam
    Ms. Pham Nhu Trang and Ms. Thanh The Story: Soil is arguably the most important component of any lan...
    March 24, 2017
  • Locally Formulated Dairy Goat Meal Ouko Elisah Joran
    Locally Formulated Dairy Goat Meal, Kisumu, Kenya
    Joe Ouko feeds his goats his Locally Formulated Dairy Goat Meal (LOFODA-G-MEAL) Ouko Elisah Joram The Story: The seventh of eight children, Ouko Elis...
    March 22, 2017
  • Harvesting Flying Ants
    Harvesting Flying Ants, Kikandwa, Uganda
    Traditional Technique in Kikandwa, Uganda; Documented by Kiranda Steven Mwesige, Mohammed Bisaso and Family The Story: Traditional knowledge and inven...
    March 17, 2017
  • ControllingTicks
    Controlling Ticks with Mutungati Concoction
    Joyce Mawia Mutiso preparing the Munguti tree bark The Story: In the arid region of Kyuso, Kenya, livestock keepers often encounter complications when...
    March 13, 2017
  • Herbal Pesticide
    Herbal Pesticide-cum-Fertilizer, Odisha, India
    Debdulal Bhattacharya, Debal Deb, and Mahendra Nauri hold a workshop to teach locals how to adopt their herbal pesticide innovation Debdulal Bhattacha...
    March 10, 2017
  • Soybean Fertilizer
    Soybean Fertilizer for Fruit Trees, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Mr. Troung and Phu Dien Commune The Story: Mr. Troung, a businessman-turned-farmer, made his career change when he inherited his parents’ land more th...
    March 7, 2017
  • Sun Drying for Food Secuirty
    Sun Drying for Food Security, Kisumu, Kenya
    Helen Ouko Akinyi   The Story: Helen, one of nine children, grew up on helping out on her parents’ farm. Once finishing senior school, she went...
    March 3, 2017
  • Land Renewal Oaxaca
    Land Renewal, Oaxaca, Mexico
    Melding Indigenous land renewal practices with modern know-how to rejuvenate community and environment Jesús León Santos The Story: In the 1970s and ...
    February 28, 2017
  • Medicinal Uji
    Medicinal Uji: Banana-Moringa Porridge, Kowiti, Kenya
    Aoko Irene Osida The Story: Aoko grew up in a large family, the fifth of 12 children, not far from the port city of Kisumu, Kenya. As a child, she lo...
    February 24, 2017
  • Chrispine Adet's self-made tractor
    Self-Made Tractor, Ogwedhi, Kisumu, Kenya
    Chrispine Adet The Story: Until recently, farming was not a big part of Chrispine’s life. He works in town as a professional accountant. However, t...
    February 21, 2017
  • Cocoa Tree Pruning in Peru
    Cocoa Tree Pruning for Higher Yields, Tocache, Peru
    Carlos Sierra and family The Story:  Nestled in the high jungles of northeastern Peru, Tocache is a province of San Martín, Peru’s most important coc...
    February 17, 2017
  • Breed insects manage pests
    Breeding Insects to Manage Pests, Beit Shean Valley, Israel
    Mario Levy and Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu The Story: Agriculture has always been an important part of life at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu (a Kibbutz is a communal...
    February 14, 2017
  • Newspaper Bags for Pomegranate Pest Control, Nepal
    Hira Lal Acharaya The Story: Ramechhap district, located in the mid-hills of the Central Development Region of Nepal, has been identified as one of th...
    February 10, 2017
  • Vermiculture Healthy Soils
    Using Vermiculture and Effective Microorganisms to Build Healthy Soils
    Mr. Dam Van Vuong Dam Van Vuong’s Story: As a boy, Dam Van Vuong  lived on his parents’ farm in Hanoi, Vietnam. From a young age Vuong felt farming ...
    February 7, 2017
  • Clay Incubator for Eggs, Djela Village, Ségou, Mali
      Mr. Nouhoum Traore The Innovation: Food insecurity threatens many rural villages in Mali, especially during the rainy season. Erratic weather, po...
    February 3, 2017
  • Cultivation of Amaranth Seeds, Kikandwa, Uganda
      Margaret Nabatanzi The Innovation:  Tall stalks of golden amaranth grow as weeds along the roads in Kikandwa, Uganda. Several years ago, Margaret, a...
    January 26, 2017
  • Control White Grub with Akarkara Weed
    Akarkara to control white grub, Uttarakhand, India
    Dharam Pal Singh, Laxmi Devi The Innovation:  Fluctuating climatic conditions in northern India have given rise to white grub—a common field crop pe...
    January 20, 2017
  • Ants for Pest Control
    Release of Leaf Stitching Ants for Pest Control, Odisha, India
      Mr. Debal Deb & community The Innovation: Debal Deb and his community in India have developed a technique of Integrated Pest Management using L...
    January 13, 2017
  • Swine Fever Tonic, Kasejjere, Uganda
    Nantongo Joyce Nalongo The Innovation: Nantongo Joyce Nalongo developed a tonic for swine flu using locally-available ingredients that keep pigs hea...
    January 6, 2017
  • Chicken Turkey Brooding
    Turkey Brooding Chicken Eggs, Kahuruko village, Kenya
    Rahab Githumbi The Innovation: Rahab Githumbi has become famous in her district for her successful turkey and chicken business where both animals he...
    December 30, 2016
  • Tree-t-pee
    Tree-T-Pee, Florida, USA
    Rick and John Georges The Innovation: This cone-shaped, recycled-plastic tree guard, which is placed at the base of the tree trunk, was originally de...
    December 23, 2016
  • Drying Potato Seeds
    Air drying potato seeds, Uttarakhand, India
    (image: Prolinnova) Pratap Singh The Innovation: Potato farming is a common food and cash crop in the mountains of Uttarakhand, India. In recent years...
    December 16, 2016
  • Bio Bed Hog Farm
    Living Bio Beds for Hog Farm, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Ms. Pham Nhu Trang & community  The Innovation: Trang and her community in Hanoi, Vietnam, have developed a remarkable method for eliminating runo...
    December 9, 2016
  • Zai Pits
    Zai Pits to Restore Degraded Drylands, Burkina Faso
    Yacouba Sawadogo & community The Innovation: In the 1980s in Burkina Faso, Yacouba Sawadogo develo...
    December 9, 2016
  • Chicken egg's sex
    Determining Chicken Egg's Sex, Kitui County, Kenya
    Christine Kilonzo The Innovation: Christine Kilonzo has learned how to determine a chicken egg’s sex; she can distinguish between male and fem...
    December 9, 2016

Community Reflections

  • McGill University Students Take on Ecological Agriculture in Montréal, Québec
    By Vanessa Ventola About the McGill, Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Gardens Forty kilometers west of downtown Montréal lies the quiet town of Sainte...
    October 24, 2013
  • Eric Swarts: Representing a New Generation of Emerging, Climate-Conscious Farmers in South Africa
    by Filippa Harrington-Griffin “I want to be able to sleep at night. I want to know that the food I’m selling people is going to help their health, not...
    October 8, 2013
  • Permaculture in Kosodo Village
    Written by Caleb Omolo and Steve Wheat Not many truly American stories begin in a place like Kosodo village. Every once in a while though, we come acr...
    September 11, 2013
  • A Farm Beyond Food
    by Laura Jean Sutton Community Farm in London, England is the city’s largest arable community farm. From the seven-acre plot, London’s skyline can be...
    September 10, 2013
  • Bostans: Istanbul’s Urban Gardens
    Bostans: Istanbul’s Urban Gardens By Andrea Quinn Photos by Jennifer Hattam “As you pass through one of the gates entering into the ancient city, you...
    August 27, 2013
  • An Interview with Jessica Babcock, Farm Manager at Greenbank Farm
    by Erica Romkema Greenbank Farm’s collection of red buildings springs up from the slim green stretch that is Whidbey Island. North and a leap over the...
    April 24, 2013
  • Camphill Village Farm, Sauk Centre, Minnesota
    By Stephen Briggs, Farm Manager Camphill Village Minnesota (CVM) is part of a worldwide movement of more than 100 intentional communities which strive...
    March 29, 2013
  • Interview with Luane Todd
    Questions by Ryan Sitler Q: Give the readers a little introduction to you, where you’re from, and what it is you do these days? Luane: I’m a nat...
    March 23, 2013
  • Ethics in Agriculture: The Necessary Foundation of the New Farming Movement
    By Alan Wright Books, magazines, and the internet provide diverse scientific and anecdotal information demonstrating how industrial agriculture is p...
    March 20, 2013
  • Beginning Farmers: Learning, Networking, and Connecting to Place
    by Erica Romkema It’s no secret that more and more young people in the U.S. are looking to establish careers in local, organic, and small-scale farmi...
    February 7, 2013
  • Cultivating the Next Generation of Visionary Farmers: Growing Power’s Approach to Urban Agriculture
    by Freesia McKee In 1993, Growing Power began as a small organization employing young people from a nearby housing development to grow food for its ro...
    January 30, 2013
  • Permaculture in Perak, Malaysia
    Initially established as a permaculture project in 2008, we are now growing to be an educational center that teaches people about ways they can incorp...
    March 15, 2012
  • The Lord's Acre -- a not for profit garden in Western North Carolina
    The Lord’s Acre is a not for profit 501(c)3 garden in western North Carolina. All the organic produce grown is given away to our local food pantries, ...
    February 29, 2012
  • Smoking J’s Fiery Foods and Farm -- Asheville, NC
    Nestled in a holler in the Hominy Valley, a few miles outside of the mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, is a small family farm. Though it is ...
    February 22, 2012
  • The Food Bank for Weschester, NY: A Holistic Food Growing Program
    By Doug Decandia, Food Growing Project Coordinator The Food Growing Program is a project initiated by the Food Bank for Westchester, of Westchester Co...
    January 24, 2012
  • Del Cabo founder Larry Jacobs rebukes recent New York Times article
    A statement from Larry Jacobs: The New York Times recently published an article that erroneously implied organic farmers in Los Cabos are growing un...
    January 13, 2012
  • Joyner Community Garden in Asheville, NC
    Submitted by Tommy Tepper As a part-time community gardener at the Joyner Community Garden in Asheville, North Carolina, I am writing this piece to a...
    October 17, 2011
  • Mid Season Tune Up
    Feeling a little overwhelmed? Is the needle on the stress-o-meter topped out?  Need one more thing to do in August? It’s been a busy season up until n...
    October 3, 2011
  • Biodynamic Agriculture at Granja Las Ondinas, a Farm just outside Buenos Aires -- Argentina
    Granja las Ondinas (or Farm of the Fairies) is situated just after the immense urban sprawl of Buenos Aires finally gives way to the vast expanse of t...
    July 28, 2011
  • The Source Project
    By Jason Taylor I call my work on agriculture “The Source Project.” The farmers, the real farmers of the world are the source of all knowledge – knowl...
    June 16, 2011
  • Expert Panel Calls for 'Transforming US Agriculture' to More Sustainable Farming
    A group of leading scientists, economists and farmers is calling for a broad shift in federal policies to speed the development of farm practices that...
    June 3, 2011
  • EU Agriculture Chief Slams GMOs, Expresses Strong Support for Natural Agriculture
    In a bold move that goes against the mainstream flow, European Union (EU) Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos recently denounced genetically-modifi...
    June 1, 2011
  • Pasture Raised Chicken: Flexibility & Functionality at Coq Au Coin—Saint Francisville, Louisiana
    Coq Au Coin Pasture Raised Chicken is a flexible operation that is able to use minimal land on leased acreage to provide a pastured bird product that ...
    May 27, 2011
  • Peak Oil and Biointensive Gardening
    At the Black Mountain North Carolina Community Garden, Laura Lengnick, Ph.D Soil Sciences and Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Warre...
    May 18, 2011
  • Two Tips For Beginning Farmers -- Richard Wiswall
    Starting up a farm from scratch is a lot of work. That said, many have done it successfully. I’d like to share two thoughts that may speed the process...
    May 11, 2011
  • But Why Can’t I Just Farm?
    Summer and Fall harvest can be an incredibly satisfying time of year. Picking the fruits of your labor, packing boxes full of product, and loading tru...
    May 4, 2011
  • Interview with Dr. Temple Grandin
    Contributed by Tommy Otey We are honored and proud to share a conversation with Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the leading designers and thinkers in human...
    April 21, 2011
  • Vandana Shiva: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Living
    Dr. Vandana Shiva needs little introduction as a prominent environmental, social justice and anti-GM activist.  In 2010, she received the Sydney Peace...
    April 11, 2011
  • The Aloha Natural Farm, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines
    The Aloha Natural Farm is located in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines on 2.8 hectares (7 acres, 17 rai). A century ago this land was tropica...
    April 7, 2011
  • Pastured Meats: the Vegetarian Alternative
    Little more needs to be said about the atrocities of confinement animal feeding operations (CAFOs) or any other part of industrial animal production i...
    March 17, 2011
  • An Overview of Organic Agriculture in the United States: Part 1: What it Means to Be and Buy Organic
    An Overview of Organic Agriculture in the United States: A Three Part Essay Series This series of essays will focus specifically on the USDA National ...
    March 13, 2011
  • The Panya Project
    Essay submitted by Christian Shearer, owner of Panya Project and permaculture consultant for Terra Genesis International. www.panyaproject.org Locatio...
    March 2, 2011
  • Alfalfa Follows Suit as GMOs Continue to do More Harm than Good
    As a representative of AGC, I want to express our concern regarding the recent decision by the US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, to allow unre...
    February 21, 2011
  • Warren Wilson College Farm -- Swannanoa, NC
    The Warren Wilson College Farm (WWC Farm) has been in continuous operation for 117 years, when the college opened as the Asheville Farm School in 1894...
    February 21, 2011
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm -- Fairview, NC
    We have a very diverse farming enterprise with a focus on raising grass-fed beef, pastured/ forested pork, and pastured poultry. Beyond growing meat w...
    February 17, 2011
  • Robin Hollow -- Rhode Island
    Robin Hollow Farm is a small, diversified ornamental farm, with a focus on sustainably grown cut flowers. We chose to switch from certified organic ve...
    February 5, 2011
  • Grassland Organic -- Skowhegan, Maine
    We are the second generation of Sarah’s family farming on this land. My father bought the farm in 1987 and we bought it from him in 2007. We have been...
    February 4, 2011
  • Pine Trough Branch Farm -- Reidsville, NC
    Our farm is in a phase of reestablishment. I started managing my family’s land in the winter of 2010. I am a new farmer, working with a few years expe...
    February 4, 2011
  • Indian Ridge Farm -- Norwood, Colorado
    Indian Ridge Farm & Bakery, located at 7,000 feet in elevation, is a 100-acre diversified farm operation that includes grass-fed pastured poultry...
    February 4, 2011
  • Grass Dairy -- Dodgeville, Wisconsin
    Grass Dairy is composed of 300 acres of rolling grasslands in what is known as the driftless region of Southwest Wisconsin, just south of the Wisconsi...
    January 31, 2011

Technical Essays

  • Local Traditional Innovations by Individual Indigenous Farmers, Odisha, India
    Documented in collaboration with Debal Deb and Basudha Trust, Odisha, India Click here to download the full innovation brochure.  
    October 7, 2016
  • Local Innovations by Individual Indigenous Farmers, Odisha, India
    Documented in collaboration with Debal Deb and Basudha Trust, Odisha, India Click here to download the full innovation brochure.
    October 7, 2016
  • Smallholder Farmer Innovations in Northern Vietnam
    Documented in collaboration with i-Nature and Center for Creativity and Sustainability (CCS) in Northern Vietnam. Click here to download the full inno...
    May 7, 2016
  • Homeless Garden Project: Cultivating Community Through Urban Farming
    Homeless Garden Project: Cultivating Community Through Urban Farming by Holloway The Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz, California is one of the m...
    January 26, 2015
  • Agroforestry: The Art of Farming With Trees
    Beans grown under trees By Dan Kiprop Kibet Kenya is an agricultural country, endowed with an abundance of fertile soils. Farming serves as the most i...
    November 3, 2013
  • The Inga Foundation: Providing an Alternative to Slash and Burn Agriculture
    by Ryan Sitler “Making serious change is a very time consuming and costly business.” – Mike Hands, founder of the Inga Foundation. The village of Gavi...
    October 2, 2013
  • Moringa oleifera: The Miracle Tree
    by Dan Hughes The Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) has many names throughout the world, likely due to its profligate uses. It is called the ‘drumstick ...
    September 30, 2013
  • The Reverse Phenology of Faidherbia albida
    by Vanessa Ventola Faidherbia albida Faidherbia albida is a unique tree species native to Africa, the Middle East, and India1. Faidherbia albida is a ...
    August 28, 2013
  • Investing In Indigenous Chicken for Sustainable Livelihoods
    By Dan Kiprop Kibet “Small scale farming is a way of life in Africa full of challenges and equally full of huge opportunities” (Xinhua). The unprecede...
    July 2, 2013
  • Grey Water for Home Scale Food Production
    By Ross Mittelman Over the past five years, droughts have caused many Americans throughout the Midwest and western United States (U.S.) to reevaluate ...
    May 10, 2013
  • Integrated Pest Management and Biological Control in Cuba
    by Vanessa Venotola Cuban Farm Landscape (taken by author) History: Commercial pesticides and herbicides were introduced to Cuban agriculture in the ...
    April 26, 2013
  • 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 ...
    April 11, 2013
  • 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, a...
    April 7, 2013
  • 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 colon...
    April 7, 2013
  • The “Win, Win, Win” Strategy. On-farm Biochar Production
    by Filippa Harrington-Griffin “No society can become a post-food society. … Fertile land is a very precious and very scarce resource .. It needs to be...
    February 26, 2013
  • 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-...
    January 18, 2013
  • A Review of Forage Soybean Production: Quality and Yield
    by Asher Wright Introduction Soybeans (Glycine max (L.) Merrill) have a long history of being cultivated as a forage crop. Historically soybeans were...
    January 7, 2013
  • A Review of Sloped Agricultural Land Technology (SALT)
    by Ross Mittleman As the global population continues to explode at an exponential rate the encroaching pressures upon agricultural lands and those who...
    December 20, 2012
  • Vetiver System: A Green Investment For Sustainable Development
    Abstract The basic Vetiver Grass Technology comprises a dense vetiver grass (Vetiveria zizanioides L) hedgerow that is planted across the slope of th...
    November 24, 2012
  • Management Intensive Grazing: why not?
    When grazing beef cattle or other ruminants in the Southeast USA or other humid temperate regions around the world, a well-designed grazing system is ...
    November 2, 2012
  • An Innovative Way of Raising Pigs
    by Dr. Paul Oliver Since 1992 the anaerobic digestion of pig waste has been quite popular in Vietnam. Here urine and feces are flushed periodically du...
    August 24, 2012
  • A Review of Agriculture Biotechnology: Part II
    Part two of this review will continue to elaborate on the techniques used to modify organisms. The point of these two articles is to present a fairly ...
    August 10, 2012
  • A Review of Agriculture Biotechnology: Part I
    Introduction Contrary to popular belief, biotechnology has been around for a while. The idea encompasses a wide range of procedures for modifying all ...
    August 3, 2012
  • The cultivation of Chinese medicinal herbs at Mountain Gardens -- Western North Carolina, USA
    A Growing Culture is pleased to announce it’s first article by Joe Hollis. For the past 25 years, Joe has been engaged in developing a Paradise ...
    July 14, 2012
  • Grafting May Help Control Soil-Borne Diseases in Tomatoes
    GAINESVILLE, Florida – Grafting tomatoes to control soil-borne diseases may be a cost-effective management solution in some organic production situati...
    June 30, 2012
  • Fermented Bed Technology
    Written by William Rutherford and Loren Cardeli There has been much discussion amongst swine producers throughout the world about the most optimal con...
    June 7, 2012
  • Learning Mob Grazing on the Nebraska Sandhills
    by Erica Romkema and Mae Rose Petrehn The Peterson Ranch, owned by Chad and Jenny Peterson, extends across 4600 acres of the Nebraska Sandhills. In th...
    May 17, 2012
  • Transgenic (GE) Alfalfa in the United States: a blessing or a crutch?
    By Asher M. Wright All across the United States stands of Alfalfa in different stages of growth are reaching to the sky; putting on their spring growt...
    May 2, 2012
  • The Seed Banks of Tomorrow: Towards Seed Sustainability and Sovereignty--Kenya
    by  Dan Kiprop Kibet Statistics reveal that, of the over one billion undernourished people in the world today, 265 million live in sub-Saharan Africa....
    April 20, 2012
  • Insights on Beginning a Pastured Pork Operation, by Worth Kimmel
    Sectors of Production Pig production is one of the most accessible enterprises for a beginning farmer or an established operation to get underway. Giv...
    April 4, 2012
  • Breaking Vietnam’s Coffee Monoculture with Perennial Peanut (Arachis pintoi)
    For coffee production in Vietnam, we strongly recommend the establishment of the perennial peanut or Arachis pintoi.  Perennial peanut is used through...
    March 20, 2012
  • 3 Simple Pest Remedies for the Garden
    Maintaining a garden has its various setbacks especially when pests overrun your garden. Your instant reaction is to reach out immediately for the com...
    March 7, 2012
  • Appropriate Solutions for Encouraging Polyculture in the Developing World
    As many NGO’s, governments and outreach programs strive to aid developing world farmers, the real struggle is to implement low cost, long term solutio...
    February 15, 2012
  • A Look at Small-scale Coffee Production in Colombia
    by Ross Mittleman Coffee is one of those crops that seem to defy traditional categorization. It has taken on a life and purpose above and beyond that...
    January 30, 2012
  • Renovating an Old Orchard Provides an Opportunity for Diversification and Creativity on the Farm
    Hickory Nut Gap Farm — The family that owns and operates our farm has history on this land that dates back to the 19th century. A wealth of agr...
    December 26, 2011
  • Gardening without Digging by Les Anwyl
    One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve and build soil fertility in any gardening situation is to use a method known as sheet mulching. ...
    December 12, 2011
  • Biomass Gasification and the Benefits of Biochar
    When we think of air pollution, we normally think of outdoor air pollution in heavily populated urban areas. However some of the worst air pollution o...
    November 22, 2011
  • The Relevance of Indigenous Trees in Sustainable Agriculture, Ketindui, Kenya -- Dan Kiprop Kibet
    Reclaiming and Reconciling with the Ecosystem ‘’It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting ...
    November 7, 2011
  • Compost Biodiversity and the Myths of Composting -- Joe Jenkins
    COMPOST BIODIVERSITY Compost is normally populated by three general categories of microorganisms: bacteria, actinomycetes and fungi (see Figure 3.3 an...
    October 24, 2011
  • The Use of Green Manure/Cover Crops for Relay Cropping in Northern Thailand
    A Growing Culture is excited to announce our first essay from guest author Rick Burnette, director of the ECHO Asia Impact center. This is an excellen...
    October 11, 2011
  • Integrated Pig Farming
    Sadly most pig farms in Vietnam are far from being integrated. Feces and urine are allowed to flow together, and this slurry is discharged into nearby...
    September 27, 2011
  • Recycling Human Waste
    On a yearly basis a human produces roughly 500 liters of urine and 50 liters of feces. These two products contain enough nutrients to grow most of the...
    September 19, 2011
  • Black Soldier Fly & Red Worm Bioconversion
    Black soldier fly (BSF) adults are attracted to mesophilic storage units as an ideal site to lay eggs. Once BSF larvae reach maturity within the stora...
    September 6, 2011
  • Painted Valley Farm Associative: The benefits of a CSA in Argentina
    We had taken hands and formed a circle around an earthen bowl of corn kernels, marvelous kernels with every color under the rainbow.  One by one, thos...
    August 27, 2011
  • Thermophillic Bacteria, Composting Stages, and the Sanitization of Compost -- Joe Jenkins
    A wide array of microorganisms live in a compost pile. Bacteria are especially abundant and are usually divided into several classes based upon the te...
    August 18, 2011
  • Indigenous Method of Food and Seed Saving -- Kapchelonge Village, Kenya
    African art is not based on a single tradition. It is influence by the traditions of many diverse cultures, all of which have their own way of doing t...
    August 9, 2011
  • Humanure and the Carbon Nitrogen Ratio – Joe Jenkins
    One way to understand the blend of ingredients in your compost pile is by using the C/N ratio (carbon/nitrogen ratio). Quite frankly, the chance of th...
    August 5, 2011
  • The Role of Scavengers, Sand Seperators, Cement Kilns & Incinerators
    If bio-waste is stored and processed on site, and is not commingled with other types of residential waste, then it becomes a lot easier for scavengers...
    August 1, 2011
  • Making Waste our Greatest Resource -- A new series by Dr. Paul Olivier, Todd Hyman and Loren Cardeli
    The Small-Scale Production of Food, Fuel, Feed and Fertilizer Vietnam faces waste management problems of almost unimaginable complexity, and consequen...
    July 21, 2011
  • Growing with the Fermented Organic Fertilizer 'Bokashi' -- Steven Leong
    The purpose of Bokashi ‘Bokashi’ is a fermented organic fertilizer.  In the previous edition, the importance of making good quality compost for the pu...
    July 12, 2011
  • Compost Microhusbandry: Harnessing the Power of Microscopic Organisms -- Joe Jenkins
    There are four general ways to deal with human excrement. The first is to dispose of it as a waste material. People do this by defecating in drinking...
    July 7, 2011
  • Feeding The Poor
    As world hunger has been increasing, there has been a boost in urban and residential agriculture initiatives worldwide.  Population trends reveal a ma...
    June 29, 2011
  • Tenkei Green Liquid Fertilizer
    In recent years, liquid fertilizer as a supplement has become rather common especially among the vegetable and flower growers, and also in golf course...
    June 23, 2011
  • A Worm Composting Manifesto
      The Joy of Creating Less Waste, Soaking Up Carbon, and Fostering Healthy Soil As the industrial age draws to a close, we’re left with a b...
    June 14, 2011
  • Creating a Kitchen Garden as a Tool to Overcome Hunger – Dan Kiprop Kibet
    On March 8, the United Nations Special Rappoteur on humans’ right to food, Dr. Olivier De Schutter, released a report arguing that “the use of small s...
    June 8, 2011
  • Contemplating Integrated Farming Systems: EM (Effective Microorganisms) in the 21st Century
    Across the spectrum of farming systems, there exists a principle that links us to the land inextricably.  We are Earth bound humans.  We live and eat ...
    May 30, 2011
  • Durian: The King of Fruits—Penang, Malaysia
    I had heard stories about the fruit that stinks like gym shorts and rotten onions; the large thorny fruit that foreigners traveling throughout South-E...
    May 26, 2011
  • Quality Organic Input: Following in the footsteps of the Shimamoto Microbial Farming Method
    A focus on the restoration of organic matter in the soil, specifically the use of compost in the cultivation of crops should be standard practice. How...
    May 24, 2011
  • Large Scale Farm Changes Perceptions Of Organic Farming Practices; A Score For Organic Fertilizers
    In Kenya, most farmers are skeptical of organic farming practices and their relevance to modern day agriculture. However, if these farmers only looked...
    May 20, 2011
  • Can A "Farm-in-a-Back-Pack" Help Feed Africa?
    More than 14 million people in the Horn of Africa are in need of international food aid. At the same time, Africa has the agricultural potential not o...
    May 17, 2011
  • Healthy Soil Practices
    Laura Lengnick, PhD Soil Sciences, Director of Sustainable Agriculture at Warren Wilson College shared the following four basic practices for soil hea...
    May 10, 2011
  • Composting Through The Shimamoto Microbial Farming Method -- Steven Leong
    ‘UNLESS THE ORIGIN IS NOURISHED, NEVER WILL THE END FLOURISH’. This is the motto of “Shimamoto Microbial Farming Method”. Soil is the final product fr...
    May 6, 2011
  • The Use of Wood Vinegar In Reducing The Dependence On Agro-Chemicals
    Modern research on the use of wood vinegar was first carried out in Japan in the early 1950s. It was reported to be effective against: rosette or gree...
    April 29, 2011
  • Organic Raspberries, Living Soil & Seed Saving at Granja Piedra Pintada – El Bolsón, Argentina
    You know, it is always encouraging when you begin walking through a farmer’s field and the first thing you see is their hands in the ground, holding w...
    April 19, 2011
  • Self-Sustenance & Agrotourism at La Confluencia -- El Bolsón, Argentina
    On the rugged outskirts of the small, progressive town of El Bolson in the Rio Negro province of southern Argentina there is place where two rivers co...
    April 12, 2011
  • Seed Saving and Community Agriculture at Granja Valle Pintado, Argentina
    The trail veered off of the main dirt road into the woods, I could hear the river in the distance, “are we walking in the right direction?” I asked. C...
    April 6, 2011
  • The Self-Proclaimed Lazy Farmer
    There is a common misconception throughout the developing world that if a farmer is to switch to organic he will no longer sell on the market and will...
    March 29, 2011
  • A Look at Aquaponics in Kona, Hawaii
    Even as humans continue to alter the natural systems that sustain us at an alarming rate, we are becoming aware of cultural practices and technologies...
    March 26, 2011
  • Farming and the Yin Yang Theory at the Health Club Farm, Thailand
    Pairod got his degree in engineering around thirty years ago. Ten years later he was diagnosed with Hepatitis B and became ill. The doctors wanted to ...
    March 24, 2011
  • Biodynamic Wine in Chile
    As the bus began to veer off of the Panamericana highway between Santiago and Puerto Montt we began to find ourselves in vibrant wine country. The rol...
    March 21, 2011
  • Technologies for the Poor
    Job Ebenezer was born in Vellore, India on October 10, 1941.  Job started growing vegetables in Chicago in 1993.  Since that rooftop garden, he has be...
    March 16, 2011
  • Beyond Production: a story of Buddhist farming
    I was told that few foreigners have trekked out this far.  The locals studied me as I rode my motorbike through their village roads, waving and snappi...
    March 13, 2011
  • Beyond Permaculture at Tacome Pai -- Thailand
    For many environmental farmers, the defining questions are: How do I incorporate my operation with the natural biological processes of the environment...
    February 21, 2011
  • Farming... in the City?
    Contributed by Lou Laux, Wittenberg Emeritus Biology Professor Dr. Lou Laux currently lives in Springfield, Ohio at a retirement community called Oak...
    February 21, 2011
  • I Learned to Live Like This
    This story was submitted by Peaks Over Poverty. Peaks Over Poverty seeks to connect rural mountain people with outdoor enthusiasts to address common i...
    February 21, 2011
  • Soil Restoration & Seed Saving — Thailand
    After blindly venturing out into Thailand’s countryside, I stumbled upon an ecological treasure. In the Northern Mountains of Thailand about 60 kilome...
    February 8, 2011