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EPA Finds Insecticide Threatens Pollinators

Could certain insecticides be threatening the bees we need to keep agriculture flourishing and put food on our dinner tables? The latest information from the Environmental Protection Agency confirms what researchers and conservationists have been warning about. The EPA has announced that its preliminary risk assessment shows the neonicotinoid insecticide named imidacloprid can pose a […]

Continue Reading By on February 15, 2016 in agriculture, ecology, pesticides, pollinators, toxic

Leading Organic Growers to Watch

Welcome to the Flour Sack Mama community!  Grab our newsletter here. Who else is still striving for the perfect prize-winning vegetable to win a ribbon at the fair?  If you are doing this with organic methods, avoiding most off-the-shelf chemical cocktails for growing a garden, you deserve a ribbon for that alone!  Here are a […]

Continue Reading By on July 11, 2015 in agriculture, farming, food, organic

Managing Leaf Scorch Organically in the Strawberry Patch – Saturdays in the Garden

Saturdays in the Garden: Managing Leaf Scorch Organically in the Strawberry Patch Our family takes pride in showing you the best picks of each gardening season, including the juicy strawberries we’ve been enjoying in May! Sometimes, we need to share with you the ugly side of organic gardening, to show you how we’ve been managing […]

Continue Reading By on May 30, 2015 in agriculture, food, organic, pesticides
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Kids Day at Oak Ridge, Tennessee Farmers Market

“Where does your body get its energy?” “Batteries?” “Your body runs on food…” “Who knows where we get protein?” asked the guest at the front of the room. “Protein bars,” answered the anxious 3rd grader holding up his hand! “Well, that’s a processed food,” retired teacher Marjorie Ford answered patiently.  The East Tennessee farmer went […]

Continue Reading By on May 22, 2015 in agriculture, children, family, farm, food

Slow Money Attracts Investors, Farmers & Entrepreneurs with Vision

Imagine investing in a small business with no expectation of a return on that investment to you personally.  Would you do it?  People from around the United States are jumping at the chance to be part of something bigger than themselves that will never make them rich.  They use the tongue-in-cheek lingo Beetcoin to describe […]

Continue Reading By on November 24, 2014 in agriculture, food, sustainable

What You Need to Know about Farming

Family farms that once filled America’s countryside are both shrinking and disappearing.  These were the stuff of a diverse, local and regional food system that once provided the security of knowing you could stock your pantry from what was grown just down the road.  Space was plentiful for growing large market gardens.  If you wanted […]

Continue Reading By on November 11, 2014 in agriculture, ecology, farming, food

EPA Defies Child Health Warnings, Approves Enlist Duo Herbicide for Midwest

A cutting edge, powerful combination of herbicides is coming soon to the Midwest and eventually to more areas throughout the United States despite grave warnings about health and environmental impacts.  One group has even tracked how closely the pesticide spray could come to hundreds of thousands of American schoolchildren.  This product would most likely be […]

Continue Reading By on October 15, 2014 in agriculture, cancer, food, health, Healthy Families

Saturdays in the Garden: Completing Tomato Seed Saving

Don’t you wonder who the first person was to discover that letting something sit and ferment can be a good thing?  Even for organic gardening, where it’s common to play in the dirt and appreciate microorganisms, this seed saving method seems pretty gross. We told you last week about our beginning efforts to save tomato […]

Continue Reading By on September 13, 2014 in agriculture, garden, organic, seeds

Back to the Roots Restaurant Week for East Tennessee with Certified Naturally Grown

When you spend your hard-earned money to dine at a restaurant, do you savor ingredients from a giant can that traveled hundreds of miles via a food service company  or would you rather eat from a local farm?  East Tennesseans who prefer real, farm-fresh food have the chance to support the local food economy with […]

Continue Reading By on September 9, 2014 in agriculture, conscious consumerism, eating better, farm, farming, food

Green Goes Mainstream: Rodale Institute says Organic Agriculture Could Reverse Climate Change

World leaders, Fortune 500 executives and climate scientists are all discussing solutions to impending climate change chaos. They’re crunching numbers and exploring how new technology could help.  In our ongoing Green Goes Mainstream series, we hear from agriculture experts who’ve discovered that the solution to climate change could be right under our feet. Leading research […]

Continue Reading By on July 31, 2014 in agriculture, farm, farming, organic, pollinators, sustainable