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Thoughts on Alternative Energy Systems That Could Be Used on the Farm

2021-09-03T10:01:36-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

As I was digging out some large tree stumps with my backhoe, my thoughts migrated to what the early pioneers must have experienced in clearing land for farming. I reflected on the past – windmills or hand pumps used to move water, wood for fuel, candles or oil lamps for light, and horses and wagons to transport people and produce to market. (more…)

Smart Sensing

2021-09-03T09:51:12-05:00September 8, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

One of the most intriguing demonstrations at this year’s AmericanHort Cultivate Expo was from Dr. Krishna Nemali, Ph.D., assistant professor of controlled environment agriculture at Purdue University. He showed how floriculture and nursery growers, using nothing more than the cameras on their smartphones, can measure plant nitrogen status. (more…)

Creating adventure

2021-07-28T15:46:05-05:00August 2, 2021|Grower Midwest|

Following their “go big or go home” mantra, the Richardsons originally planned for 10,000 tulip bulbs and ended up planting 300,000. They’re expanding their flower attractions this year with sunflowers too. Photo courtesy of Richardson Adventure Farm

by Sally Colby

The Richardsons takes a big approach to everything they do, and it’s paid off for the multi-generation Spring Grove, IL, family. (more…)

Playing the long game

2021-07-28T15:43:43-05:00August 2, 2021|Grower East|

A small group of dedicated farmers helps run Kingfisher Farm, seen here harvesting spinach. Farm Manager Jackie Mancuso (in pink) has been with the farm for five seasons; the others are recognized on the farm’s website. Photos by Courtney Llewellyn

by Courtney Llewellyn

As Jason Townsend notes on his farm’s website, humans have been actively involved in agriculture for over 10,000 years. (more…)

Growing with the community

2021-07-28T15:39:50-05:00August 2, 2021|Grower West|

“You have to be a little bit crazy to grow peaches in the high desert,” said Erik Erickson, who runs the orchard with his wife Julie. Photo courtesy of Hunter Orchards

by Sally Colby

This autumn will mark the second harvest season for Erik and Julie Erickson at Hunter Orchards in Grenada, CA. (more…)