May 14, 2016

Kitchen Guide: Asparagus 5 ways!

Cleaning and preparing fresh Asparagus When bringing home farm-fresh Asparagus, it’s important to always give it a rinse to remove any dirt and grit from the stalks that may be left over from harvest. Rinse lightly under cool water and roll them on a paper towel to dry. When you’re ready to cook, you’ll want to ...

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May 13, 2016

Planted now! May 2016

This time of year in Michigan is notorious for inclement weather, and this season is no different, but we’re not letting that stop us! We’ve been busy this spring at Soil Friends and we have lots of crops planted, it will be a bountiful harvest season! ...

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May 12, 2016

Weekly PhotoBlog – May 12th 2016

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May 7, 2016

Farm Fresh Offerings: May 7th-8th 2016

This weekend at the farm we have fresh flowers, asparagus, eggs, and Michigan honey and maple syrup! Come out and say hi! ...

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May 3, 2016

Weekly PhotoBlog – May 3rd 2016

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May 1, 2016

Planting Cover Crops for Nutrient Density

Introducing: Cover Crops Much like any all-star band or sports team, nutrient-dense food has a hugely diverse cast of characters working behind the scenes to ensure every performance is tip top. In nature, this sort of happens automatically, billions of years of ecological evolution has ensured it. Visit a healthy wild grassland ecosystem like you ...

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April 27, 2016

Weekly PhotoBlog – April 27th 2016

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April 14, 2016

Weekly PhotoBlog – April 14th 2016

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July 14, 2014

Growing Tomatoes- Foliar Feeding Tomatoes With Kwazar Backpack Spayer

A backpack sprayer that works is one that is a loved on a farm! We have all had experiences with sprayers that have a hard time working correctly! Thats why its worth taking the time to learn about Kwazar Sprayers! Kwazar Sprayers are Soil Friends choice for sprayers you can trust to rely on. We ...

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Do The Grocery Retailers You Shop At Have The Best Produce Selection?

Organic food is great for the fact of environmentally clean crop production but is it the most nutrient dense produce we can consume? Are retailers catching on to this and is organic produce the solution for a healthiest life you can live? A few things to think about follow, this just gives you more to ...

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Raised Garden Beds- Properly Compost Your Beds

When starting seeds in a garden or planting transplants, you always want a nice seed bed. Compaction of the soil is the enemy in your garden, so remember that when making your raised garden beds. There is no right or wrong way of making raised garden beds, some vegetable growers prefer to make raised beds ...

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Soil Farmers- What Are You Buying At The Farmers Market?

Soil- The break down of bed rock into mineral components  sand, silk, clay What are soil farmers? Soil farmers understand that the soil is alive and certain applications can stop the biology in the soil.  The applications from herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and inorganic fertilizers is killing off a chunk of soil biology each application. When ...

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February 24, 2014

Growing Tomatoes with Heirloom Seeds

[vslider name=”heirloom_slider”] Seeds are being started in the greenhouse for commercial vegetable growers and its time for garden ideas to be planned for your vegetable garden. One of the best garden ideas can come from the learning about heirloom seeds. When planning on growing tomatoes, selecting the tomato varieties to grow can be overwhelming with ...

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10 Tips for Growing A Nutritious Garden

Growing a healthy garden is fun! Home grown produce taste great with high levels of nutrition and of higher quality than most produce that people are familiar with. All food is not created equal, why not take a shot at growing a garden to feed your family the best food? You can significantly increase your ...

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February 20, 2014

The Best Backpack Sprayer- Kwazar Backpack Sprayer is Built To Last

Looking for a backpack sprayer that will last year after year?  You will love the Neptune backpack sprayer because Kwazar Sprayers are built to last. Often refereed to as a Knapsack Sprayer, this sprayer has the option for left or right attachment of the pump handle, adjustable shoulder straps and clip for maintaing comfortable positioning. The ...

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February 16, 2014

How to Take a Soil Sample- Get your Soil Biology Working

The video above from Dr. Elaine Ingram is a great video serioes to save in your book marks if you need to remember tips on taking soil samples. Watch video 7 – How to take a soil sample It is important to understand how to properly take a soil sample in order for your analysis ...

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Kwazar Garden Sprayers- The Perfect Garden Sprayer For Gardeners

Our first year that we started growing produce by the acre, I quickly learned that a quality garden sprayer was something that could save our farm time. I found not only could a quality garden sprayer save us time, but It could save Soil Friends money on product that were being wasted due to problems ...

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February 1, 2014

Planting Onions For Market- Timing for Starting Seeds

Have you ever planted onions as transplants: We have done this the past few years with success!  We have planted onions in the field for the past few years from transplants. We start them in 200 count trays, our  first seeds this year around the second week of February for the growing season. Remember we are ...

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How to Grow Tomatoes For The Farmers Market- Flavor Sells

Greenhouse tomatoes, fresh market, heirloom, paste, cherry, grape, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers; the choices are almost endless when it comes to growing tomatoes, peppers or even eggplant. In all instances though, an essential goal is to produce high yield with outstanding taste and shelf life. Accomplish those goals and the rewards can be great. ...

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How to Grow Onions- What is a Sweet Onion?

Among produce crops, onions and members of the Allium family (onions, garlic, shallots, leeks and chives) are somewhat unique in their growth habits and fertility requirements. Onions are the third largest fresh vegetable industry in the United States, with an annual per capita consumption of about 20 pounds and growing. ISP has worked with more ...

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