[Inspiration] Focus on Farming & Gardening … Yes, Even if You Don’t Have a Green Thumb

We have a huge opportunity when it comes to mitigating climate change: fixing our agricultural practices. That’s because soil and plants have enormous potential to capture carbon. Indeed, Project Drawdown devotes an entire section to Food, Agriculture, and Land Use that provides dozens of solutions. So for today’s post, I’m going to highlight several places where people like you are making this happen, AND we’ll look at what you can do with the information, even if you’re not a farmer!

How Canadian farmers can go from climate change polluters to a key part of the solution – Do you know a farmer you can share this article with? Send it to them now!

Farming for carbon can boost yields and bottom line – Post this one on social media, tag your farmer friends, and hashtag it so other people find it too! Farming for carbon is good for the farmer’s wallet.

How Alberta is poised to become a hub of the hemp industry – We hear a lot about places like Alberta, Texas, or the Middle East being dependent on oil, but in fact, there are economic changes afoot. Do you know a farmer looking for an alternative crop in his or her rotation? Send this article to them. Hemp does an amazing job of sequestering carbon in the soil, and it’s fibres can be used in many, many applications. You can also support the burgeoning industry by buying hemp products (although don’t just buy for the sake of buying – make sure it’s something you need!)

A Bamboo Tower That Produces Up To 25 Gallons of Water In A Day by Capturing Condensation – Can you rig up something similar on your property to provide irrigation for your garden, lawn, or farm? This could be a fun project that helps you conserve water. You can also install rain barrels or a rain garden!

Companion Planting Guide & Plant List | The Old Farmer’s Almanac – Looking to start your own garden this year? Did you know that you can group plants in a certain way to ward off pests and improve yield?

The Agroforestry Research Trust – Gardens and farms can be more than just rows of lettuces and beans! Think of an agroforest as a three-dimensional farm, with crops available from the trees, the lower understory (shrubs and bushes), and the ground. If you have a patch of land (or know someone that does) that seems unsuitable for crop farming, consider converting it to an agroforest. Visit this site to learn more and share it with friends who have land.

How South Korea Is Composting Its Way to Sustainability | The New Yorker – Rather than tossing your food waste in the garbage, consider composting. This article demonstrates how things are changing in South Korea, and it should give you lots of ideas. It’s not hard to learn and the output can improve your garden or lawn – or you can give it to someone who does have a garden! If you don’t have space for an outdoor compost bin or digester, take some time to see if there’s a community compost project near you.

How To Grow Microgreens – No space for a full garden? Consider supplementing your diet with microgreens that you grow on your kitchen counter. Your library probably has books on this and growing sprouts as well.

Climate Change and the Future of Beef Farming – While most of us could stand to eat more plants (fruits and vegetables have plenty of nutrients and fibre), and fewer calories overall, a lot of people find it difficult to contemplate a diet without any kind of meat, dairy, or eggs. If that’s you, you can learn more about how to support farmers who are practicing regenerative agriculture or modifying what they do to be part of the climate change solution. In addition to the report linked in the blog above, you can also look at this link, and check out some of the books in our bookstore.

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