Arlington Gardens · Farm Life - farm life

By: Arlington Gardens  09-12-2011

For those of you interested in res agricola, we suggest the following news publications: Quebec’s own agricultural Pravda, La terre de chez nous, published by l’UPA (Union des producteurs agricoles); “Small Farm Canada” and their excellent articles on diversified agriculture; and “Growing for Market,” an American magazine with a particular focus on the CSA (community-supported agriculture) model. We also suggest the following writers we have found of particular interest. First, the American environmentalist and journalism professor Michael Pollan, author of, among others, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” (2006), and “The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World” (2001), two New York Times best-sellers well worth reading. Second, American free-lancer (now organic farmer) Kristin Kimball, author of “The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love” (2010), a personal account of her transition from a completely urban existence in New York City to a completely agricultural existence on a farm on the shores of Lake Champlain. Third, québécois academic David Dupont, author of a social history of farming in Quebec entitled Une brève histoire de l’agriculture au Québec: de la conquête du sol à la mondialisation. And finally, Florence Thinard, author of Une seule Terre pour nourrir les hommes – a family book published by Gallimard Jeunesse, a thoughtful and beautifully illustrated introduction to the “fundamental link between agriculture and food, between Earth and plate.”

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While it is a bit rich to speak of two “garlic schools of thought,” there are those who believe it paramount to cover the bulbs with straw as soon as they are planted in the fall, and those who believe weeding, be it by hand or mechanical, is preferable at a later stage in the garlic bulb’s life cycle.