Tag Archives: organic

  • Podcast

    A New Opportunity For Investing In Productive Farmland

    Creating value by improving the land
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, August 10, 2014, 5:13 PM

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    Over the past few years, we've tracked the success of Farmland LP, a fund created to increase the economic yield of farmland through sustainable farming practices.

    Today's big news is that, while the initial LP fund closed to new investors last year, the same management team has just launched a new fund, this time structured as a real estate investment trust (REIT).

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  • Blog
    Farmland LP

    A Weekend On The Farm

    An excellent investment of time (and money)
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:55 PM

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    If you've been a reader of PeakProsperity.com for more than a few months, you've likely heard us talk about Farmland LP. It's a fund that purchases over-farmed, depleted conventional farmland (at a discounted price), and then spends years nursing the land back to organic status using sustainable farming methods.
     
    As an investor, I have the opportunity to tour any of the fund's 5 farm properties, which are located in southern Oregon and central California. So that just what I did this past weekend when the Farmland team held its first annual investor gathering at its newest (and largest) property in Stockton, CA.

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  • Podcast

    Jean-Martin Fortier: A Model for Profitable Micro-Farming

    Earn a living gardening on just 1.5 acres
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, March 29, 2014, 2:19 PM

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    As we awake to the realities in store for us in a future defined by declining net energy, concerns about food security, adequate nutrition, community resilience, and reliable income commonly arise.

    Small-scale farming usually quickly surfaces as a pursuit that could help address all of these. Yet most dismiss the idea of becoming farmers themselves; mainly because of lack of prior experience, coupled with lack of capital. It simply feels too risky.

    Enter Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife, Maude-Hélène. They are a thirtysomething couple who have been farming successfully for the past decade. In fact, they've been micro-farming: their entire growing operations happen on just an acre and half of land.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Hugelkultur Mound

    Building with Hugelkultur

    Steps for creating a low-water, mounded organic garden
    by Dave Barnett

    Sunday, October 20, 2013, 8:44 PM

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    Hugelkultur (“HOO-gull” (mound) culture) is a permaculture gardening method that utilizes buried logs to create an effective gardening and growing system with local resources and materials.  A few of the key features of hugelkultur include:

    • Decomposing logs absorb and hold water like sponges
    • Yard waste and sod provide nutrients
    • Polyculture planting attracts good insects, birds, and bees, reducing pests naturally
    • Micro‐ecosystem of mound conserves and promotes healthy, biologically active soil for decades
    • No crop rotation, no tilling, organic gardening

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  • What Should I Do?
    Diatomaceous Earth

    8 Reasons to Stockpile Diatomaceous Earth

    Uses abound for food-grade DE
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Saturday, August 17, 2013, 1:16 AM

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    We all want to live healthy and happy lives. Being healthy helps build our resilience and prepares us for difficult challenges ahead. One could say that being healthy is a whole challenge in itself. But there is a simple step we can all take to move in a more healthy direction. That step is to adopt the use of diatomaceous earth into our daily lives.

    As many organic gardeners know, diatomaceous earth is one of the go-to solutions for controlling pests in the garden and it is a simple solution for keeping food clean, healthy, and pest free. We are going to discuss a number of other lesser known applications for diatomaceous earth (DE) that can be used indoors and out, which will make your environment cleaner, less toxic, and a healthier place to pursue the happiness that we all seek.

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  • Podcast

    Indigenous: Sourcing Our Clothing Sustainably

    Consider Fair Trade standards when buying your next shirt
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 7:16 PM

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    When you buy a piece of clothing, how much thought do you give to how it was made?

    Few shoppers do. But they should. In many respects, where our clothes comes from is nearly as important as where our food comes from.

    The recent tragedy in Bangladesh, where over 1,000 sweatshop workers died in a building collapse, provides a stark reminder of this. 

    In this podcast, I talk with retail entrepreneurs Scott Leonard and Matt Reynolds, co-founders of Indigenous Designs, to get a better understanding of the notoriety the textile industry has earned (much of it well-deserved) and learn about new business models that promise to transform it for the better.

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  • Daily Prep
    www.growandmake.com/straw_bale_garden

    Growing a Straw Bale Garden

    Grow a great garden with minimal effort and soil
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 4:09 PM

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    Here is a great way to start growing some food in a backyard with poor soil and little space.  It is low-cost and pretty easy to set up. 

    http://www.growandmake.com/straw_bale_garden

    From the Grow and Make Website:

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  • Blog

    Daily Digest – May 27

    by Davos

    Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 3:12 PM

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    • AIN’T NO REST FOR THE WICKED
    • Jeff Macke Goes Nuts On Dennis Kneale (Video)
    • Housing: More problems ahead for the low end?
    • Geithner to DeMint: Bailouts may never end, no exit plans…
    • Samuelson: Insolvency? Bring it on.
    • Without Meters, Fresno Water Beyond Measure
    • A California Town Squeezes Water From A Drought
    • Pension Terminators?
    • In Others’ Hands
    • Is Factory Farming a Risk Too Far?
    • China unveils first sovereign credit rating standards (H/T PineCarr)
    • Agrichemical Industry Attacks White House Organic Garden
    • Good Methods for Finding Local Food
    • LocalHarvest.Org

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