April 05, 2016
The Single Largest Source of Nitrogen Pollution is from Cropland

Right now, growers all over the planet are stuck in the cycle of chemical fertilizer dependence. Business Insider wrote a great article that explains how the life-giving element Nitrogen has quickly become deadly for the planet. Plants cannot absorb all of the Nitrogen being added as a fertilizer, and as...

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April 05, 2016
Just Like Us, Plants Don't Thrive on Junk Food

Year after year, our fruits and vegetables continue to decline in nutrition content. There is a new, easy-to-understand article about what underlies this complex problem in Nautilus Magazine. While farmers keep adding fertilizer (especially nitrogen) to make their crops grow, this practice often leads to crops with poor nutrient content. In short, the...

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February 19, 2016
Our New Partnership Program

Agrarian Organics is pleased to announce our new Partnership Program. We're helping growers build soil health and reduce chemical inputs over time, at a reduced cost!YEAR 1 - BUILDING SOIL1. Apply AO CROP as a soil/root drench prior to the growing season at the ratio of 2 gallons per acre...

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September 02, 2015
Emmett Ridge Farm Visit

Mark and Damon just got back from a visit with our friends at Emmett Ridge Farm. Emmett Ridge Farm is a family run farm in Georgetown, Ohio that specializes in grass fed beef, heritage breed pork, free range poultry and eggs and produce. They have a passion for building a...

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July 22, 2015
Randy's "Backyard" Grape Trial

The entire team at Agrarian Organics loves to experiment, and Randy, our Regional Grower Relationship Manager is no exception. Randy lives in Fresno, California. Fresno is well known for producing almonds, oranges and grapes. Randy is our self proclaimed "grape guy." He's currently working with farmers all over the state on grape...

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May 02, 2015
Wheatgrass + AO | The Essential Sprout to Grow at Home

Here at Agrarian Organics, we nurture a company culture of health! Not only does our entire team know a lot about nutrients, soil, agrarian farming practices, and how to help you get the most out of your growing cycle, but we also use AO in our own homes and gardens!Our...

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March 18, 2015
Understanding Brix Values and Why They Matter

Here at Agrarian Organics, we're passionate about our food. Our mission is to change the future of our food supply by providing products that enable everyone to grow safe, affordable organic food. It's good to have goals, but it's even better when we can measure their attainability! A tangible way...

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January 07, 2015
AO Lunch & Learn Series

Agrarian Organics is sponsoring an educational luncheon on natural soil amendments and alternative fertilizers that lower input costs, rebuild and enrich your soil, increase yield, increase quality and shorten growing cycles. Please join us for a complimentary lunch to learn how to utilize natural soil amendments from sea water and...

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June 23, 2014
AO Farmer Series: Pruning & Trellising Tomatoes

Everybody loves tomatoes from the garden. But have you ever had a plant that’s all bush and no fruit? Well this post is for you then! Tomatoes need to be pruned and trellised to thrive. I mean, you don’t have to, but if you do you will get WAY more fruit,...

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June 09, 2014
Setting Up the Greenhouse for Success!

After much “debate”, the farmer and I decided to build boxes in our greenhouse. Although it makes our square footage of growing space considerably smaller, it does make for easier management of such a big space. There will be WAY less weeding, and we will not have to bend over to...

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June 05, 2014
Ao Gardener Series: June Sweet June

As we get into June, it is always so rewarding to look around and see all the beds fully planted.  Or better said, all the square footage I want planted just now… is.  I say this as I still want some space for more successions of:radisheslettuceskaleswiss chardmustard greensOf course if...

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June 03, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Tomato TLC in Early June

With so much being planted recently, its due time to pay focus to what I call “the roses of the veggie garden” – the TOMATOES!!The tomatoes were planted into the soil about May 24th.  I did have the plants hardened off enough to place all the pots outside under plastic...

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May 30, 2014
Organic Gardening Made Simple!

Been reading our blog series with wonder and amazement but thinking you could never do it on your own? At AO, we're passionate about getting people growing, so we've put together a little how-to to get you inspired to get out there and give it a go! Don't forget your...

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May 30, 2014
Planting the Three Sisters – Corn, Beans & Squash

WAY before pallet gardens - this space saving method of companion planting is said to have been started here in the New World as early as the 1300’s by the Iroquois Nation.  When you think about it - corn (maize), beans and squash were all very early agricultural crops.The Sisterly...

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May 29, 2014
Growing Raspberries Part II: Planting the Canes

So, the time has come to plant the raspberry canes in our prepped patch. A few weeks ago, the farmer and I cleaned up our existing site by weeding and de-grassing, cutting out the old canes, and adding a bit of composted manure. (If you are just tuning in, you...

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May 27, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Growing Celery & Celeriac – huh?

Or at least I thought “huh” the first time. I assumed (and you know what they say about assuming!) that celeriac was the root of the celery plant when in fact it is a different variety all together that is grown for it’s big white root, while celery is grown...

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May 22, 2014
Waiting on a Stretch of Sun to Plant the Heat Lovers

So while the May Long Weekend came and went (infamous for planting time here in Canada), the weather forecast still shows rain ahead so I sit and wait for the final transplant of the true heat lovers.  The dynamic nature of weather in general and especially here on the west...

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May 20, 2014
AO Gardener Series: What is ‘Hardening Off’ Anyway?

If like me you started plants inside, than whether you did so under lights, on a bright windowsill or in a greenhouse – your plants will need to ‘harden off’. This is a gradual transition stage between the seedlings cozy indoor life where their environment was constant - to a...

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May 16, 2014
Basil Part II – Pruning your basil from very young

If you read the basil post from earlier this week, than my hope is you are all ready with only one main stem per pot now.  This will not only keep your plants from getting root bound, but will also simplify pruning to encourage your basil to become a large...

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May 14, 2014
Attracting Hummingbirds to your yard - why and how!

I wanted to attract hummingbirds to our yard mostly because I feel they are such cool and graceful little birds, but did you know there are actually benefits to having the little guys around??Hummingbirds can pollinate flowers other birds can not reach (think about their little bodies and long beaks,...

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May 13, 2014
AO Gardener Series: BASIL Part 1: The ‘Key to Success’

The number one gardening comment I hear is year over year…”I can’t grow basil”.  But I’m telling you the truth here – it’s easy.  Or shall I say, “Once you know the general rules, it’s easy”.  Even rule breakers need to know the rules first to know how to best...

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May 12, 2014
Growing Raspberries Part I: Prepping the Site

Okay, everything I’ve read has told me it’s WAY too late in the year to even THINK about starting such a project. But, a couple of friends of mine really need to thin their raspberry patches. So, I figure, why not? After all, it is those tart, plump, soft, juicy...

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May 10, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Potatoes Part II – Getting Dirty and Planting

If you have your certified seed potatoes now, let’s just jump right in here!  Oh wait!  First I should warn that although it’s not impossible to grow new potatoes from potatoes found at the grocer, I would recommended skipping that as many have been sprayed with a sprout inhibitor that...

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May 05, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Potatoes Part I – Planning to Shop

For years I didn’t grow potatoes until one day my fiancé said, “but they are so fun to grow!” which to me translated as “I’m keen to help”. And he was right, it’s a treasure hunt and like anything straight from your own garden, the flavor is incomparable.  And while...

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May 02, 2014
AO Farmer Series: Putting the ladies to work!

Last summer, we erected a new greenhouse… in June. It was REALLY bad timing on our part, as we had to plant into it, ASAP. But, except for a small patch that our old greenhouse covered, we hadn’t even turned the sod yet. We decided to not stress out, and...

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May 01, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Preparing the Tomato Bed

If like me, you consider tomatoes to be the roses of your garden, and are already dreaming of a bounty of redness…than it’s time to get their bed ready.  Here’s a little tease for you…And while prepping the bed could be done later, if you are going to do a...

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April 28, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Chives are the keenest

As chives are the keenest of the perennials, they are one of the first to arrive and the last to leave, beautiful to look at AND oh-so-versatile in the kitchen.  And should you have chives in your garden, you’ve likely already harvested them once, or are ready to do so...

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April 25, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Growing Herbs in Pots

If you find yourself needing to dawn a headlamp and trek into the night to cut fresh herbs for dinner come late summer, then join me in learning from the past and planting two big pots of herbs near your door.  The reason for two is simply that some herbs...

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April 24, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Thinning the crop

Wahoo! My seeds have turned to seedlings! With a little encouragement, love, light and song they have SPROUTED! Now what?? Time to thin.I really wanted to write about thinning seedlings as last year I didn't know what I was doing and therefor did not do it -- to say the...

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April 22, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Early Spring Blackberry Care - Part II

Earlier this week I wrote about how and why to prune away dead canes and shoots from your wild blackberry thickets.  This time let’s finish up this late winter early spring mission so we have given this berries our all, in hopes they do the same for us in return...

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April 22, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Transplanting Lavender

While lavender can be used in French inspired landscape design, dried arrangements or as a calming aromatherapy essence, it’s edible too which is why we grow it here at Sunday Farm.  Think earl grey lavender scones, chocolate lavender popsicles, and ‘French Lemon’ pesto… A few seasons back I planted my lavender...

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April 15, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Get more from your wild blackberry thicket!

Every year we fill our 1L containers ten times over with perfectly ripe blackberries and this year we want to triple that!  To do so we needed to not be held back by undergrowth, hidden plants and the barrier of dead canes rendering many berries accessible only to the birds.What...

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April 14, 2014
AO Farmer Series: Planting Peas

I’m probably a little late in putting my peas in… but living in the mountains means we are behind most coastal farmers. I mean it snowed just 2 weeks ago! Nonetheless, today’s the day; the soil is ready to be worked, the sun is shining, and the boy is sleeping. Peas...

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April 10, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Tending to Seedlings Under Lights

Just as the days get longer and I find myself coming in at 8pm, it’s also the season to tend to plant babies indoors if you have seedlings going under lights.  Ideally your lighting system should have a timer set for 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness...

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April 09, 2014
AO Farmer Series: Mix Your Own Potting Soil & Seeding 101

The team here at AO is excited to share that in addition to our Gardener Series, our team is super excited to announce the launch of our Farmer Series! For those who dream of a life of homesteading, or for those who’ve already taken the leap, we’re stoked to bring...

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April 07, 2014
AO Gardener Series: Taming of the Grapes

They say to do an annual prune in late winter to very early spring.  Basically, if all the leaves have fallen, the vines are yet to offer buds, and temperatures are above freezing – you find yourself in this sweet spot. As this is the first time I’ve attempted to calm...

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March 24, 2014
The AO Farm Series: Introducing Natalie

The team here at AO is excited to share that in addition to our Gardener Series, our team is super excited to announce the launch of our Farmer Series! For those who dream of a life of homesteading, or for those who’ve already taken the leap, we’re stoked to bring...

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January 20, 2014
The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen(FYI This Blog Has Nothing Whatsoever To Do With The 60s War Movie) I usually shop at budget grocery stores, and occasionally Whole Foods (the guacamole!  the curried chicken wraps! the dark chocolate truffles!)  Recently, however, I have been shopping exclusively at Whole Foods so that I don't feel...

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December 31, 2013
5 Wintertime Uses For Your Aloe Vera Plant

The Plant Whisperer5 Wintertime Uses For Your Aloe Vera PlantWhen I was a wee lass, I would get a second degree sunburn every summer while visiting my grandparents.  Grandma would snip off the end of her Aloe plant and rub the ooey gooeyness on my sizzling skin.  And, my, did...

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December 23, 2013
You can't afford not to compost.

The Experimental Agrarian The first thing on my list for my personal gardening experiment is to start composting. I tried it once, and as with other garden related tasks, failed.  I ended up with the skid row of compost heaps, not even worth of an infestation of Fraggles.  No, instead of...

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December 03, 2013
Let's Go Green Together, Ladies!

As women, we feel obligated to be the conduit of nutrition for our families. In my lifetime (I'm in my early thirties), I have seen thousands of commercials with a montage of a mother/wife figure purchasing or preparing a colorful meal for her brood, to their enthusiastic spearing of asparagus...

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November 30, 2013
Why Don't I Grow?

Agrarian Organics asks the question:  Why don’t I grow?  My inner smart-ass reacts with the knee-jerk answer that it’s because I’m in too old and that ship has sailed.  Jokes aside, the question deserves consideration and has been relentlessly gnawing at my conscience for the better portion of my adult...

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November 16, 2013
Ghosts of Gardens Past

When I think about it, I can afford to be slightly less hard on myself.  I do grow a bit.  In the summer I grow a number of potted herbs, a few flowers, and a small amount of consumables.  I’m sure you will not be surprised to find out that...

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August 30, 2013
Homemade Honey Mint Ginger Tea

As I write this, my nose is stuffy, my inner ears are itchy, I have 911-worthy coughing episodes on public transit, my throat looks like the innards of a Walking Dead zombie, and I'm coughing up fluorescent goo.  Yup, it's that time of year again: Cold/Flu Season.  Also known as,...

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