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TOS#29: Horticulture Special #1: Compost’s Transformative Effect On Olive Orchard. With Graham Brookman (South Australia). | OrganicStream.org

TOS#29: Horticulture Special #1: Compost’s Transformative Effect On Olive Orchard. With Graham Brookman (South Australia). | OrganicStream.org | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
TOS#29: We discuss with Graham Brookman the unique benefits of compost use on the poor soils and olive orchard on his farm the Food Forest, and explore the challenges he faced, and the factors that lead to such a great success.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The first podcast episode of 2015 is now published!

We’re kicking off the year with a focus on the use of compost in horticulture – how compost use affects soil composition and soil health, and the plants or crops grown in it.

This week: Poor quality soil and delicate crops could have spelled disaster for South Australian organic farmer Graham Brookman, but with a steady use of compost, their property has transformed into a thriving business. We speak with Graham about how compost worked to saved his soils and his olive crops, explore the challenges he faced, and the factors that lead to such a great success.

Topics include: cost factors involved, sourcing compost, how best to apply compost to olive orchards, yield increase, saving water and reducing plant stress in a hot climate, and more.

Thanks to BiobiN® for making this episode possible.

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The Five Borough Farm Data Collection Toolkit: Making the Case for Urban Farms

The Five Borough Farm Data Collection Toolkit: Making the Case for Urban Farms | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The Five Borough Farm Data Collection Toolkit makes it possible to quantify and evaluate the benefits of urban agriculture across the nation.
The Organic Stream's insight:

An excellent initiative that will help urban farmers gain support and recognition from their communities and municipalities - and also give them knowledge on their own farm's performance in order to find opportunities for improvement.


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Composting offers challenges, but benefits crop production - Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net

Composting offers challenges, but benefits crop production - Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net
Composting offers challenges, but benefits crop production
Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net
We were looking for nutrients and carbon for our soils, that's what got us started with composting,” Andre said.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great interview with farmers Nate and Paul Andre about their experiences producing and using compost on their farm. Goes into detail about the work involved, but also demonstrates the benefits of using compost.


“It is a way to bring nutrients home to the farm. Its value is more than just N, P and K.”

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Is soil fingerprinting the future way to track soil health? | Farms.com

Is soil fingerprinting the future way to track soil health? | Farms.com | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New methodology tracks soil health changes in top soil
The Organic Stream's insight:

"The framework and its field form are a standalone tool to track changes in the characteristics of individual soil samples. It has not been integrated into precision agricultural methods, although the information from soil fingerprints could provide more information to explain yield differences in a field that may help with the way precision management could be implemented."

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Understanding the Global Problem of Food Waste ("reduction in waste very viable")

Understanding the Global Problem of Food Waste ("reduction in waste very viable") | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
This infographic breaks down what we throw away into food groups. (Great food waste infographic by @willyblackmore. Reduction may be key but Hungry Giant can help reuse food waste.

But what exactly does that proliferation of food waste look like? Are we talking about tens of thousands of expired yogurt containers or hundreds of tons of sad, slightly limp heads of lettuce?

Working with global food waste data from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Popular Science has made an infographic that rather beautifully shows where the waste streams across the food and supply chains emanate from. The biggest losers, so to speak, are fruits and vegetables (44 percent lost) and roots and tubers (47 percent lost). Despite all the sour milk we’ve thrown away in our lives, dairy has the lowest amount of loss (16 percent).

As the waste lines frustratingly show, much of the vegetable waste happens on the farm, where harvests can go awry for any number of reasons—including walk-bys, the industry term for a field that’s never picked because the labor costs would be higher than the value of the harvest.

But an equally thick line exists at the consumption end of the spectrum, highlighting the need for a change in attitudes at home (and in retail) to help curb what is globally a 1.4 billion ton problem.


Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great infographic to give us a real sense of what we are wasting. Not surprisingly, fruits and vegetables are at the top of the list.


We need to change our attitudes to food and food waste, not only in the home but in the food and farming industries as well. The truth is that we cannot afford to waste food, and support needs to be available to farmers so they can make the most of their produce.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, September 7, 2014 11:28 AM

The highest rate of food wastage is in fruits and vegetables, followed by roots and tubers, and then fish. What can we do about it?

While hunger and poverty remains, wasting food is like stealing from the tables of the poor. (Pope Francis)

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Five Recommendations for Sustaining Agricultural Innovation

Five Recommendations for Sustaining  Agricultural Innovation | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Innovation on African smallholder farms is the subject of a new report available through the Global Forum on Agriculture Research.
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