An ounce of prevention keeps organic tomatoes healthy

2018-05-04T10:52:21+00:00May 4th, 2018|Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Sally Colby

Dr. Lori Hoagland, Purdue University, said that tomatoes are one of the most important vegetable crops in the world. “Organic and local production is increasing throughout the nation,” she said. “Tomatoes have a lot of production issues, so the driving force behind the project was to learn more about the production challenges in order to answer them.” (more…)

Disease Defense: Diagnosis of Disease

2018-05-04T10:26:51+00:00May 4th, 2018|Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Tamara ScullyIt can be tricky distinguishing between plant diseases. Many diseases have similar symptoms. And some of those symptoms can occur in both abiotic or biotic diseases. Abiotic diseases are caused by things other than living organisms. Nutrient deficiencies, too much or too little water, air pollution or chemical injury can all cause sick plants. (more…)

Horse-powered farming

2018-03-30T12:06:37+00:00March 30th, 2018|Grower West|

by Catie Joyce-Bulay

Although Chandler Briggs grew up spending most of his time outside, it was on the beach in Southern California rather than a farm. He was the first and only one in his family to catch the farming bug. Both Briggs’s parents are teachers, a career he contemplated as an environmental studies major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. (more…)