Author Archives: Natalie Lounsbury

Trying high-residue no-till on a budget

Update 4/1/15: Since writing this post originally, I have received feedback from a few people that this system has been hard to implement effectively. It takes a lot of weight to crimp the cover crops, there can be a good … Continue reading

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Maine is the first state to pay tribute to soils during the International Year of Soils

The Maine legislature is the first in the nation to pay tribute to soils during the historic United Nations International Year of Soils. The soil beneath our feet is often overlooked, but the adoption of the Joint Resolution Recognizing the … Continue reading

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The website will go on, but this project is ending…

When Ray and I were discussing what the domain name for this website should be, he came up with notillveggies.org (or .com– we got both, actually). I’m a little weird and the word “veggies” bugs me because I prefer to call them … Continue reading

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Join me for a nutrient management webinar next week

Thursday, February 12 at 2 p.m., I’ll be giving a webinar on winterkilled cover crops and nutrient management for the University of Maryland Nutrient Management Program. I’ll talk about what we’ve observed with respect to N and S cycling after radish … Continue reading

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Under Cover: Rotational No-till and Mulching Systems for Organic Vegetable Farms in Germany

It sounds like there was a great turnout for Jan’s eOrganic webinar on the cut-and-carry mulch system he and his colleagues are using for organic vegetable production in Germany. My favorite quote: “You can completely screw up the system and … Continue reading

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Mark your calendars and get ready for an information deluge from Germany

Back in 2013, Ray and I got an inquiry from “a farmer in Germany” who was preparing a seminar on soil health and reduced tillage and wanted more information on what we were doing. He did not send a picture … Continue reading

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Happy International Year of Soils (& get your free sticker!)

Scientific American recently ran an interesting article about the possibility that other planets out there may be “better” than Earth for supporting life. That may be true, but our planet has plenty that should make us proud earthlings. Top among these … Continue reading

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