Farmer Jay

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  • 2 years ago | Rants

    Everybody is on the "buy local" bandwagon, which is a good thing. However, to be truly local, we need to look at the depth of the localness...

  • 2 years ago | Rants

    What is biochar? Biochar is wood chips that go through a process called pyrolysis, basically burning without much oxygen to produce wood charcoal. So biochar is another name for charcoal when not used for food. (Note - commercial charcoal bought f...

  • 2 years ago | Rants

    Ever wonder why tomatoes taste like crap nowadays? I bet almost everybody can remember eating a tomato at some point in their life and recall how delicious it was. It was probably juicy and bursting with flavor. Today you buy a tomato and the skin...

  • 2 years ago | Rants

    Microgreens are the second stage of plant growth after the sprout. They were first only grown for and used in high end restaurants, but now they are becoming more widespread and utilized. Before you get started -- eating them or growing your own -...

  • 2 years ago | Rants

    Most farmers tuck tail this time of year because of the heavy rains and chance of a devastating hurricane, but not me. Of course I stand a risk of losing plants, and I most likely will. There are some things I do, however, and you can do in your h...

  • 2 years ago | Rants

    I will be the first to admit, it is very difficult to fit buying all produce organic into your budget. Furthermore, you can't always find everything you need organic. So, when faced with the dilemma of organic vs conventional (or conventional vs s...