Nitrogen Deficiency

At the Quivira Conference, Christine Jones spoke about integrating the carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles in order to increase the amount of nitrogen in the soil to benefit plants. The building and maintaining of soil is essential to having success in farming and maintaining the land. While many place emphasis on the overall lack of…

Nitrogen: The Most Abundant Element in the Soil

I recently attended a conference that was held addressing ideas for the future’s agriculture. The speakers gave speeches that focused on different aspects of agriculture, however they all addressed a common point: the success of agriculture in the future requires a self-sustaining and ecologically efficient element. One interesting speaker was an Australian ecologist by the name of Christine Jones. She…

Saving the Soil: New Farming Techniques

Saving the Soil: New Farming Techniques On Friday the 14th of November, I attended the Quivira Coalition. One striking presentation came from Singing Frogs Farm called Soil is Life, Tillage is Death: A Future with No-Till Vegetable Agriculture. The presentation discussed the role that healthy soil plays in a garden and the importance of not…

Farming From Other Parts Of The World

Farming from other parts of the world When I first went into the Quivera Conference my first impression was a whole bunch of middle aged men wearing flannels, cowboy hates, and cowboy hats. I thought I was going to feel sort of out of place and awkward with all of the people there, but when…

The Quiver Conference 2014, Speaker, Christine Jones

Australian speaker Christine Jone’s talk was based off of ‘Integrating the Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles.” Christine’s topic was consistent throughout her speech, which was about Nitrogen in plants and how little the Australian government thinks. Her presentation was both informative and humorous. Right off the bat we learned that the atmosphere has 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen,…