Monthly Archives: November 2012

Resource Depletion, and Identifying the Real Problem

A little reminder from Tom Philpott about peak phosphorous: The N in NPK, nitrogen, can literally be synthesized from thin air, through a process developed in the early 20th century by the German chemist Fritz Haber. Our reliance on synthetic … Continue reading

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Islands in the Sky

Few people in the Northeast have heard of, let alone visited, the Sky Islands of extreme SE Arizona and SW New Mexico.  They’re a vast, complex series of steep ridges and peaks that form a meeting point between the Sierra … Continue reading

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Upcoming Winter Events

For those interested, I’ll be leading workshops on agroforestry in the Northeast at two conferences in New York this winter. Young Farmer’s Conference at Stone Barns is sold out, but if you’re coming I’ll be teaching at 8:30am on Friday Dec. … Continue reading

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“You Can’t Run a Landscape Indefinitely in a State of Emergency”

Wendell Berry’s latest essay in the Atlantic is a must-read: [A]s ethanol production has driven up the price of grain, our fragile uplands have been invaded by corn and soybeans. Whole farms, with sloping fields that have been in grass as long … Continue reading

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Charles Mann and the Human Story

In an article in Orion magazine, Charles Mann of 1491 writes a sweeping account of all of human history.  You should read it: With two colleagues, Stoneking measured the difference between snippets of DNA in the two louse subspecies. Because DNA is … Continue reading

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