Posts By: Peter Brezny

Encourage the NC Cooperative Extension

The NC Cooperative Extension, a valuable resource for NC Farmers is seeking feedback. You can let them know what you think with their survey here (until April 30, 2020):https://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vQFovkAIbuXf5c Of particular interest for me was the questions about their programs. Here’s what I had to say: It’s not that you don’t have the programs.  It’s… Read more »

Why All the Pushback on Regenerative Agriculture?

As I’ve delved deeper into soil science and wholistic, regenerative agriculture, I’ve been surprised by the amount of resistance to the practice, and skepticism of the results put up by those in the environmental community, and the land grant university systems doing much of the formal ag research. This week, I’ve come across two examples… Read more »

Compost

There are literally thousands of ‘how to’ compost videos on youtube, and every other farm blog seems to have it’s own take on what you can or can’t, should or shouldn’t do… I find a lot of the ‘rules’ a bit of a storm in a teacup, so here’s our take. If you want to… Read more »

Agroecology. Full Stop!

For hundreds of thousands of years, humans sustainable lived off the land. With the transition to fossil fuel, and later the repurposing of toxic chemicals developed during the ‘great wars’ for use on the farm, humanity departed from its natural, give-and-take relationship with nature. We, the developed ‘Western’ nations of the world, now use food… Read more »

Multiple Pesticides, Synergistic Impact

A new meta-analysis shows that combinations of pesticides have a significantly higher mortality on bees than when used individually, resulting in an underestimated impact to bees by pesticide makers and regulators. Take home quote:“In 2019 scientists concluded that nearly half of all insect species worldwide are in decline and a third could disappear altogether by… Read more »