Organic Climate Solutions Organic Council of Ontario
With so many external stressors threatening our natural ecosystems, some farmers have turned to rebuilding or preserving natural spaces on their farmland. If done correctly, this practice can prove enormously beneficial to the farm and its surrounding environment. So what kinds of natural landscapes can farmers rebuild, and what kind of care will these new spaces require?
Each organic or regenerative farm is as unique as the farmers who keep it running, especially when it comes to dealing with organic agriculture’s most infamous challenge: weeds. Read on to learn how five organic Ontario-based farmers and researchers use different approaches to achieve this goal in weed management.
Regardless of size or location, farms are closely connected to their surrounding environment—through the soil, water systems, insects and wildlife. All organisms within an ecosystem depend on each other, and the healthiest ecosystems contain a wide range of species that interact in diverse and mutually beneficial ways. Agro-biodiversity tries to mimic natural species diversity by increasing the variety of crops and other organisms in a single farming system. It offers farmers many useful tools to improve soil health and reduce reliance on inputs without sacrificing profits. Having more species working together creates more stable farming systems that are resilient against harsh conditions like severe weather, pests and disease.
Although policies and politicians will often attempt to tackle issues like climate change and biodiversity separately, the two problems are deeply intertwined. Climate change and biodiversity loss are two sides of the same crisis and it would be impossible to address one without the other. Agriculture has not traditionally been a champion of biodiversity and has instead been a source of biodiversity loss. However, biodiversity is extremely important, both to agriculture and to humans in general. So is there a balance we can strike between the natural world and agriculture that can allow biodiversity to flourish without getting in the way of our food production?
By John Kemps A show for professional growers looking to greatly increase crop quality, yield, and profit. Hosted by John Kempf, Founder of AEA (Advancing Eco Agriculture), on this show, John and his guests describe why most growers have crop challenges, and how to resolve them. You will find straightforward, actionable information about growing that
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Science Advances Giovanni Tamburini, et al., November 2020 Enhancing biodiversity in cropping systems is suggested to promote ecosystem services, thereby reducing dependency on agronomic inputs while maintaining high crop yields. We assess the impact of several diversification practices in cropping systems on above- and belowground biodiversity and ecosystem services by reviewing 98 meta-analyses and performing
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The Rodale Institution, 2020 The increase in agriculture yields over the last 100 years, have come at the cost of the environment. Read the Rodale Institution’s comprehensive analysis of how regenerative farming can be the answer to addressing the challenge of feeding a growing global population and sequestering carbon in the process.
Sara M. Kross, Breanna L. Martinico, Ryan P. Bourbour, Jason M. Townsend, Chris McColl and T. Rodd Kelsey, April 2020 The results of this study indicate that the benefits of planting or retaining woody vegetation along sunflower field margins could outweigh the ecosystem disservices related to bird damage, while simultaneously increasing the biodiversity value of
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Understanding Ag: September 2021 This discussion between regenerative farming experts Gabe Brown and Shane New explores the relationship between water, carbon and biology with a focus on soil health.
Climate and Agriculture Initiative BC This webinar explores the links between the water cycle and agroforestry, and explains some of the water conservation benefits of trees on farms. Topics covered include how agriculture is affected by the water cycle, how agroforestry systems can act as a water management tool and how producers can use trees
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University of Manitoba: March 2021 Browse workshops and discussions from a three-day conference on sustainability and Canadian agriculture co-hosted by the University of Manitoba’s National Centre for Livestock and the Environment and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Topics include using livestock to improve soil health, online mapping for monitoring in-season crop progress and more.
Organic Connections: November 2020 Enjoy the recordings of Organic Connection, a two-day event in November of 2020. The event includes topics like Managing Nutrition to Control Plant Diseases and Pests and Strategies for Creeping Thistle and Field Bindweed Suppression. Listen to the insights of speakers Patrick Carr, PhD and Dr. Andrew Hammermeister, just to name
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