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Red, Ripe and Renegade: Berries That Break All the Rules

OXNARD, Calif. — It ought to be easy to find a single ripe strawberry to sample in a 20-acre field. But Rick Gean picked two bright-red specimens and looked dubious.<p>“This one should be O.K.,” he said, sounding not quite convinced. Then again, his definition of ripe is more stringent than most.<p>Mr. …

7 Secrets to Perfect Compost

There are two images associated with the word compost. One is of a rotting, fly-infested cesspool of kitchen scraps that makes you gag if you get …

Gardening

How Fungi Could Help Save the Honeybee

Turns out mushrooms may be a key to saving the honeybee, the agriculturally critical insect on the decline due in part to colony collapse disorder …

Insects

Pics: Growing potatoes on a roof and harvesting honey on one urban farm

There are over 60 varieties of potatoes being grown on a roof, where nine colonies of bees and fish are helping to grow plants on an urban farm in …

Farming

What High Tech Urban Farms Can Teach Kids About Tinkering

BOSTON – On the cramped urban campus of Boston Latin School, high-school students grow an acre’s worth of vegetables in an old shipping container …

Aquaponics

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Q&A: ‘Lean Farmer’ Ben Hartman on Boosting Profits with Less Work

Eliminating waste on a farm frees up capacity to focus on tasks and innovations that can enhance efficiency and increase the odds of economic …

Farming

A 2-acre Farm in a Box: Kits Deliver Off-grid Farming Components in Shipping Containers

San Francisco-based Farm From a Box supplies all the components needed to create a two-acre off-grid farm, packed in a shipping container that will …

Farming

The World’s Largest Vertical Farm Is in Newark

You may have heard of hydroponics, a method of growing plants in a liquid nutrient solution and without soil. Related but different is aquaponics, …

Aquaponics

Yosted: Kansas City Royals Manager is a Hero to Bees

Exactly one year after a swarm of bees overtook a Kansas City Royals spring training game, the Royals were the host to another bee incident—but this …

Baseball

Double Digging: How to Build a Better Veggie Bed

There is an odd paradox in agriculture: In the effort to create rich, loose soil for planting, we till it up, which undoes much of the work that the …

Gardening

21 Positively Dreamy Chicken Coops

Basically MTV Cribs, Chicken Edition.

How Safe is it, Really, to Eat Food Grown in an Urban Garden?

Until recently, I had a garden on my rusty fire escape overlooking a noisy, crowded, fairly dirty Brooklyn street. A few friends of mine refused to …

Gardening

Meet the Woman Scaling Up Organics in the Deep South

Alice Rolls, executive director of Georgia Organics, keeps a chart in her Atlanta office by which she measures the success of her efforts as the …

Agriculture

Meet The Most Pampered Vegetables In America

There's a small corner of the restaurant world where food is art and the plate is just as exquisite as the mouthful.<p>In this world, chefs are constantly looking for new creative materials for the next stunning presentation.<p>The tiny community of farmers who grow vegetables for the elite chefs prize …

Gardening

Five-Minute Mentor: Farmer Lee Jones of Chef's Garden

This pioneering vegetable grower practically invented the phrase “farm-to-table” three decades ago, when his Ohio-based Chef’s Garden began supplying …

When the Farm is a Shipping Container

It’s a frigid February day in Newmarket Square, a commercial hub in Boston. Freight Farms co-founder Jonathan Friedman is standing in the middle of a …

How To Turn Your Backyard into a Four-Season Farm

According to Jack Algiere, the Vegetable Farm Manager at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, turning your garden into a four-season farm is …

Cropped: Tips for Growing Hops

Pale ales. Pilsners. Lagers. The artisanal beer business is booming, making this vigorous climbing plant a sure bet for savvy commercial growers.<p>You …

How to Shop for Veggies: Our Seed-Selection Guide

Winter is the season of dreams for farmers and gardeners. We tell our spouses, children, and friends our hopes and dreams for the next growing …

Raising Backyard Chickens for Dummies

After several years of pestering my wife to get backyard chickens, she finally relented this past fall. I made all the traditional arguments: the …

Not Your Dad’s Farm Job: Millennials Look to High-Tech Farms For Careers

<b></b>Kyle Barnett was a rising star in the restaurant world. The Culinary Institute of America graduate had cooked at a farm-to-table restaurant and …

Urban Agriculture

Disabled Marine pursues new goal of aquaponics farming

EAST LAKE WEIR, Fla. — Brooklyn Mickell's career in the U.S. Marine Corps came to an abrupt halt in August 2013, when he survived a harrowing …

Aquaponics

Aquaponic farming saves water, but can it feed the country?

Watch Video | Listen to the Audio<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b> An ancient farming technique that uses far less water than traditional agriculture is getting new …

Aquaponics

Long live the queen bee ... but if she doesn't, the colony will prevail

In a honey bee colony, the queen bee rules while her daughter workers do nothing but work. So what happens when the queen dies? Are there worker …

Insects

Is the future of vegetable farming indoors?

Homer farm fertilizes hydroponically grown greens with water from raising fish<p>HOMER — The future of vegetable farming in upstate New York might be …