Weeds are a fact of life. “Superweeds” have evolved from the decades of overuse of toxic herbicides. But using ever more dangerous chemicals that poison the soil, killing nutrients and life forms beneath the surface, and that run off into our waterways and find their ways to our aquifers.
Here are some good ideas for more sustainable farming methods and weed control.
For Residential, Municipal and Small Garden Weed Control:
- 11 Ways To Control Weeds Without Chemicals Article.
- Homemade Organic Weed Killers Article.
- Organic Weed Control Article.
- The Organic Gardener – Weed Control Article.
- Using Vinegar on Patios and Walkways Article.
For Large Scale Farming Weed Control Methods:
- Download the booklet Applying The Principles of Sustainable Agriculture, prepared by ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas – http://www.ATTRA.NCAT.org.)
- How To Go Organic, website of the Organic Trade Association.
- Download the booklet Weed Control Methods for Pastures and Farmland.
- Download information from GROUNDSWELL about their certification program for Sustainable Farming methods and Certificate Program.
- Considering becoming a farmer? Here’s a great place to start: Beginning Farmer Training Programs.
- New Farmer Websites are HERE, and include information about Farming Programs for Military Veterans.
- HERE is information about Managing Organic Orchards.
- HERE is information about The Farm Enterprise Incubator Program/Classes.
- HERE is information about the Year Long Future Harvest BEGINNER FARMER Training Programs.
- UN Report on Growing Sufficient Food Amid The Threat of Climate Change. UN Conference On Trade And Development. 2003.
For More Sustainable Methods:
VIDEO: The Truth About America’s Meat Industry – centralized commodified industrialized production of food is a major fail with unintended consequences. A Georgia farmer who rejects the “modern” methods shares his insights. Food Forward, Dec. 2012.
YOU CAN ADVOCATE FOR MORE ORGANIC FOOD OPTIONS in your own grocery stores by simply talking one-on-one with your Produce Department Manager.
- Here’s a sample conversation you can have with your Produce Manager. LOCAL GROCERY STORE PRODUCE MANAGER Sample Conversation
- Here’s a sample conversation you can have with your Meat Department Manager. MEAT DEPARTMENT MANAGER Sample Conversation
- Here’s a sample leave-behind card you can print out and just hand to your Produce Manager or your Store Manager. Grocery Store Hand Out
- Here’s a sample leave-behind card you can print out and just hand to your Meat Department Manager or your Store Manager. Grocery Store Hand Out