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Showing posts from June, 2013

Texas Wild tomato proves to be a hardy producer

Growing our own food is made easier when we find varieties that are especially suited to our climate. The Texas Wild tomato is an example of a food crop that has adapted so well to Texas that it has naturalized and can grow well even when it's neglected.
North Texas grower Marshall Hinsley first grew Texas Wild in his Waxahachie garden in the mid 1990s and says, "In my attempt to opt out of industrialized agriculture and declare food independence, Texas Wild has liberated me from the produce aisle of the grocery store more than any other crop except for Swiss chard. Many of my Texas Wild tomato plants just pop up in one garden bed or another from fruit that I’ve accidentally dropped the year before."


Honeybees aren't the only insects pollinating our food crops

Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees is justifiably alarming.

But are we missing an important aspect about sustainability by focusing our concern on only honeybees?

Marshall Hinsley argues that honeybees are part of industrialized agriculture and that by emphasizing their condition, we may miss something more important.

Read up on why native bees deserve more respect and consideration in this installment of the Farmer Diaries.

Novice farmer takes harvest to market

If everyone had a garden, we'd have a very different food system. Marshall Hinsley of Waxahachie has narrowed his professional focus to allow time to take on a new endeavor: sustainable agriculture.

Not only is he growing independent from the grocery store, he's also able to sell his bounty for extra pocket cash.

Read the latest article in the Farmer Diaries series here:

Seed saving imperative

The practice of seed saving will become increasingly important as crops grow more and more contaminated by genetically engineered genes.