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ACRES USA lectures

Kale flowersMark and I were looking forward to expanding our horizons at the ACRES USA conference this winter, but after attending the pre-conference, we were quickly citied out and fled back to the farm.  The good news is that ACRES has a policy of giving you half your conference fee as a credit at their store if you're unable to attend, which was enough to purchase a "free" audio version of the entire conference to enjoy at our leisure!

I love to read, but have a harder time buckling down to listen to audio, so I didn't crack the first mp3 file until chicken waterer orders started to heat up in March.  Since then, I've been listening to one or two lectures per week as I build do it yourself kits, skipping over the less interesting topics but finding lots of intriguing information in others.

Kale going to seedThis week's lunchtime series is a summary of the first four of those interesting lectures --- biodynamics, cover crops, plant secondary metabolites, and brix.  I found some lectures a bit kooky, just as Roland suspected, but there was at least a bit of tantalizing information in each.  Stay tuned for those tidbits at noon all week, and then for more summaries throughout the spring and summer.

(As a side note, these photos are totally irrelevant to the lunchtime series.  I'm enjoying how beautiful the kale is as it starts to go to seed.)

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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