Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Black Bear Food Guild planting at the Rogers Farm

Friday, June 4th, 2010

The student-run Black Bear Food Guild is in its 16th season and students are busy planting at their Rogers Farm field site.

Lauren Kolb, Ph.D. candidate, awarded the 2010-11 Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) Fellowship.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Lauren’s research on managing weed/crop interference and integrating physical and cultural weed control in organic cereal crops includes a comparison of the most promising practices developed by researchers and farmers in northern Europe.  Briefly, her thesis is that the fundamental agronomic practices used by most organic grain growers, practices developed over the last 50 years of input-intensive production, are poorly suited to organic production, where weed pressure is often very high.  Lauren is comparing a range of production practices which aim to further enhance the competitive ability of the cereal crop, encouraging enhanced weed-suppression, as well as an innovative cultivation-based strategy in which the cereal crop is grown in wider rows, like corn or soybean, to permit aggressive cultivation between the rows.  These practices have been evaluated in organic barley grown for dairy feed, and Lauren has now shifted her focus to organic bread wheat grown for regional millers.

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Eric Gallandt named to the Editorial Board of Organic Agriculture

Monday, March 8th, 2010

The official journal of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research or “ISOFAR,” and published by Springer Netherlands, Organic Agriculture was launched in 2009 with the aim to facilitate global cooperation in research, methods development, education, and knowledge exchange.

Organic Agriculture