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How Organic Farming Can Reduce Climate Change

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, May, 13, 2014 @ 17:05 PM


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Rodale Institute announced April 21, 2014 the launch of a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil’s ability to reverse climate change, but only when the health of the soil is maintained through organic regenerative agriculture. The White Paper, Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change, discusses the reversal of the greenhouse effect through a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, termed ‘regenerative organic agriculture.’  

Regenerative organic agriculture is comprised of organic practices including: cover crops, residue mulching, composting and crop rotation.

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The live chat begins on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscaping peeps each week to discuss all things related to the landscape, since 2011. Join @CoronaTools#landscapechat co-partner @RodaleInstitute Compost Specialist Rick Carr for this week's important topic: How Organic Farming can Reduce Climate Change. 

Discussion Points

Corona Tools LandscapechatWe are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as man-made changes to the climate threaten humanity’s security on Earth. But there is a technology for massive planetary geo-engineering that is tried and tested and available for widespread dissemination right now. It costs little and is adaptable to local contexts the world over. It can be rolled out tomorrow providing multiple benefits beyond climate stabilization. It is farming. 

Join the Conversation 
Don't miss this exciting topic May 14, 2014 as we welcome Rodale Institute to the #Landscapechat community! Just sign in to #landscapechat Nurph with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community! It will automatically add the hashtag to all your tweets, too! 

If you do miss the chat, you can still access the complete replay on Nurph or on our Storify transcript; both are available 24/7 following the Live Chat, which will include all the information and links shared during the discussion. 
Come join us for this organic topic to learn more and chat live on #landscapechat!

Topics: Corona Tools, Rodale Institute, Regenerative Organic Agriculture

Vermicomposting in the Garden on Landscapechat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Apr, 08, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

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Live in an apartment but want to make compost for your houseplants? Does your HOA covenant prohibit traditional compost heaps? Want to compost at the office? Maybe the kids want to try composting at school.  
Vermicomposting or Worm Composting may be the answer!

Why compost? 
Composting is known as "making black gold" for the plants in the garden or for houseplants, and is a good idea because it can:
  • Decrease your carbon footprint
  • Reduce the amount of solid waste added to landfills
  • Improve soil quality for veggies on the balcony or for indoor plants
  • Save money on potting soil
  • Is an easy and fun science project
  • Can increase popularity when you use compost as gifts (just joking, it’s too precious to give away!)
You're invited to Tweet
The live chat begins on Wednesday, April 9 at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscaping peeps each week to discuss all things related to the landscape, since 2011. Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat co-partner @RodaleInstitute Compost Specialist Rick Carr for this week's topic: Vermicomposting or composting with worms!

Discussion Overview
5 Takeaways from Compost Specialist Rick Carr: 
1. Vermicompost uses the action of worms to break down foods at room temperature. But they can't do it alone; also involved are a diversity of bacteria, fungi and arthropods and many macro-organisms. 
2. Embrace balance and remedy imbalance. Troubleshoot when problems occur. 
3. No food showing. Keeping your food stuff covered with newspaper will prevent potential odors and fly nuisances. 
4. Diversity reigns and uniformity pains. Use diverse food scraps to encourage a diversity of organisms. 
5. Benevolent neglect. Worm bins don't require constant attention. Checking less is best, so as not to disturb the worms. 

Join the Conversation 
Don't miss out on this exciting topic as we welcome Rodale Institute to the #Landscapechat community! Just sign in to #landscapechat Nurph with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community! It will automatically add the hashtag to all your tweets, too! 

If you do miss the chat, you can still access the complete replay on Nurph or on our Storify transcript; both are available 24/7 following the Live Chat, which will include all the information and links shared during the discussion. 
Come join us for this organic topic to learn more and chat live on #Landscapechat!



Topics: #Landscapechat, Rodale Institute, Vermiculture, worm composting

Going Organic in the Garden and Landscape is Easier Than You Think

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Mar, 12, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

 

Corona Tools #landscapechatEveryday new gardeners put spade to ground to begin their lifelong journey with Mother Earth. Myriad questions besiege these newbies.  The hope of bountiful harvests vie with the 'quick fixes' promised by chemical pesticides. How would you advise them?

Expert gardeners and landscapers employing organic practices as the status quo still may not be aware of new findings and promising research. Just last week I met with some of the  folks Rodale Institute and was surprised when Coach Smallwood told me I could dumpster dive my neighbors’ grass clippings that use chemicals and add them to my compost without introducing chemicals into my garden! There are definitely myths that even the most experienced gardeners apparently don't know about growing organic.    

The twofold goal of this week's #Landscapechat is: first, to supply the reasons behind why every new gardener should grow organic, and second, to provide interesting news, facts, research and articles to supply organic information for those expert gardeners and landscapers who want the latest trends and information.  

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Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman, media relations specialist @RodaleInstitute for this week's topic: Organic Gardening for Garden + Landscape. The live chat begins March 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscaping peeps each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.   

Discussion Overview 

Corona Tools veggie shearThere are five key takeaways that will be covered during the live chat: 

Common myths about growing organic (too expensive, smaller yields, hard to control pests)

Getting Started - What does it take to make a garden organic? How to find organic seeds, testing the soil, buying soil and amendments and more

Why should people grow their own produce organically? Studies relating to health, GMOs, success

Planning and Planting – Organic Practices including companion planting, rotating crops, raised beds vs. in-ground, till or no till

Compost and Mulch – Composting Tips and Cautions

Organic Pest Management – grow thriving, productive gardens without the need for toxic chemicals

Join the Conversation

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic as we welcome the Rodale Institute’s Research department  http://rodaleinstitute.org/our-work/research/ to the #landscapechat community! Just sign into #landscapechat Nurph with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. It will automatically add the hashtag to all your tweets too.

If you do miss the chat, you can still access the complete replay on Nurph or on our Storify transcript; both are available 24/7 following the Live Chat, which will include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

Come join us for this organic topic to learn more and chat live on #Landscapechat!

 

Topics: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, Organic garden, organic landscape, Rodale Institute

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