We received a delightful email from a Wyoming volunteer librarian who had used our links page to help a group of young gardeners explore the internet for information about Organic Farming and Gardening. They are working on a gardening project for National Garden Week in June.
Included in the email was a link to a [...]
It’s here – after plenty of snow and cold – Spring! It’s time to work with the soil! Healthy, biotic-rich, nutrient-dense soil. Start simple with some coir and organic compost. Put the bale of coir in a wheelbarrow. Add 5 gallons of water and leave it overnight. The coir will expand 5-6 times. Add 80-100 [...]
What is an Herbal Ley?
An Herbal Ley is a foraging mix comprised of multiple grasses, herbs and clovers. It should produce a well-balanced forage that reduces fertilizer inputs and provide increased levels of vitamins and minerals to livestock. Additionally, it should build and restore soil fertility. The higher initial cost of Herbal Leys are [...]
It’s right around the corner. This Friday and Saturday. Mark your calendar. Set aside a day to explore what is new and good and happening in Biological Farming. Check out the speakers, activities and cool out of town visitors, here: http://vabf.org/conference/conference-2013/
Here are a couple of stories streaming across the Google News zeitgeist, including a story about one of our customers.
Monsanto’s anti-organic, anti-gmo labeling meme continues to persist, at least in tone. Here’s a story about energy consumption in organics vs conventional farming, from the Washington Post. Conclusion? More fuel efficient cooking methods might be [...]
We have some helpful information about chickens on our site, including, here. And you can buy our starter, grower/broiler, scratch and layer feed on our online store or by calling our store in Waynesboro, VA, toll-free at 888-699-7088. And you can buy great books on our online store by Harvey Ussery and Patricia Foreman.
We carry all kinds of soil builders and soil amendments here at Countryside Organics: Humates, OMRI approved fertilizers, Greensand, Rock and Clay mineral dusts, alfalfa meal, kelps, SEA-90, Planters II and more. One of the most simple additions: COIR.
100% organic biodegradable growing medium derived from the coconut husk. OMRI listed. Coir is rich in [...]
Things have been quite busy here at Countryside Organics. We’ve been in a steady, ongoing, non-stop burst since January. Spring chicken season is finally starting to settle down and folk’s big garden changes are underway. The dust has settled enough to get off a quick post.
Busy, busy, busy. We hope you all are doing [...]
We are heading to Durham, NC, for a power packed weekend of events at the 2011 Sustainable Ag Conference. This is the 26th Annual presentation of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Enjoy a weekend of local food, terrific presentations and the movers and shakers of Carolina bio and organic farming and local food production. Come [...]
Here is a good, quick-read article to get you thinking about rotational chicken pastures:
Getting started with rotational chicken pastures.
And here is some more in depth Extension information on controlled grazing, grasses and clovers:
Controlled Grazing of Virginia’s Pastures.