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No-Till Organic Relay Cropping in Kentucky

By Ryan Maher / January 8, 2018

Salamander Springs Farm uses powerful cover crop sequences to produce crops, forage and seed. Susana Lein is ahead of the curve.  She has put together so many practices at Salamander Springs Farm near Berea, Kentucky that we can only scratch the surface in this article. Permaculture principles are at work in all aspects of the…

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Efficient Use of Cover Crops at the Food Farm

By Tara Hammonds / April 3, 2017

by Brian Caldwell and Ryan Maher Janaki Fisher-Merritt grew up on a pioneering organic vegetable farm.  Janaki’s parents, John and Jane Fisher-Merritt, started The Food Farm in northern Minnesota in 1975.  They moved to their current location in 1988, became certified organic in 1990, and started the first CSA in the Duluth area in 1994. …

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Reduced Tillage Webinars

By ias35 / March 13, 2017

The Cornell RT project teamed up with Michigan State University and the University of Maine to offer three webinars and share the latest research on reduced tillage for organic vegetable production. Listen to the recordings and learn about practices that fit your operation, from permanent beds, tarps, and mulches, to cover cropping, strip tillage, and cultivation tools.…

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Reduced Tillage on Permanent Beds

By Ryan Maher / March 10, 2017

Permanent bed systems can help small farms improve soils and reduce tillage for a diversity of crops. Learn how farmers are adopting these systems and hear research results on how tillage, mulching and tarping practices can impact your weed control, labor use, and crop productivity. Ryan Maher and Brian Caldwell – Cornell University, Mark Hutton – University…

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Small Scale No-Till Vegetables at Seeds of Solidarity Farm

By Claire Cekander / October 3, 2016

by Brian Caldwell and Ryan Maher Mulches and tarps combine to build active soils and suppress weeds. In 1996, Ricky Baruc and Deb Habib moved to 30 acres of forested land in Orange, MA.  Roughly 5 acres of woods over uneven, rocky soil were logged and cleared in preparation for a house, farm and teaching center. …

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A Vegetable Farm Covered in Green

By Claire Cekander / July 5, 2016

Blue Heron Farm uses grass strips and cover crops to improve soils, increase productivity by Brian Caldwell The arrangement of vegetable fields into a bed layout with permanent growing areas and separate wheeltracks (alleys) has several advantages.  In contrast to systems in which beds are re-formed every year, compaction from tractor tires is confined to…

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By Carli Fraccarolli / May 4, 2016

We are an interdisciplinary team built of university faculty, staff, students, cooperative extension and farmers. We work with extension partners across the project region to connect with farmers and build a growing network of farms that are performing trials, adapting and expanding their reduced tillage practices. Our team includes: ​ ​   Anusuya Rangarajan, Senior Extension Associate, Horticulture…

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Reduced Tillage in Vegetables

By Ryan Maher / March 24, 2016

Project Lead: Ryan Maher, Anu Rangarajan Many vegetable farms rely on intensive tillage practices. Tillage can be a critical tool for controlling weeds, preparing seed beds, and incorporating crop residue. But intensive and repeated tillage can also be detrimental to long-term soil health. Reduced tillage practices, along with rotations, cover crops, and amendments, can help…

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No Till, Permanent Beds for Organic Vegetables

By Tara Hammonds / January 11, 2016

Four Winds Farm mulches with compost to suppress weeds and improve their soil. by Brian Caldwell & Ryan Maher Jay and Polly Armour bought a rundown farm in 1988, with the idea of growing organic vegetables for sale.  Their first production garden was an old horse paddock, which had been trodden down for many years. …

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