Category Archives: Family Farming

For farmers, it’s been a tough couple of years in an already-tough industry. But none of that compares to the challenges that lay before us: in retaliation for tariffs from the U.S., China will no longer buy our ag exports. To put it in context, China was the fourth-largest buyer of our agricultural goods.

The high risk of scaling up

At Spinaca, and in much of California, we are row crop farmers. Of course, the stakes are always high for anyone who grows and packs food. But the stakes become exponentially higher for farmers in the midwest who grow sustenance

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”
Doris Day

At Spinaca, we talk a lot about health and wellness in the context of food, which makes sense. After all, launching, improving and maintaining good health has so much to do with what and how we eat.

But there’s a way to maximize health that has nothing to do with eating, exercising, sleeping, or drinking 64 ounces of water. It costs nothing, and yet has the power to revolutionize your life, guaranteed.

Tired & happy

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, for the VitaFoods trade show

Dr. Fogarty, a nutrition and exercise expert from the UK, talks to Spinaca on the science behind how eating a vegetable-heavy rainbow diet can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Mark Fogarty earned a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of Ulster in the United Kingdom where he has been researching, publishing and lecturing on natural nutritional intervention in the context of exercise stress for over a decade.

 

Spinaca Farms: After our last talk with you, we’re decidedly omnivorous…but let’s talk about fats. How does your body process vegetable fats versus animal fats?

Dr.

Planning to plant hemp

If you read my previous posts about the emerging hemp industry after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, you know I’ve been thinking a lot about how to break into this new crop market as an existing vegetable farm. Lately, my thoughts have been centered on how to start planting.

“Root-to-Shoot” for hemp

Whatever we grow at Spinaca, my MO is to use the whole plant for multiple applications per our Root-to-Shoot philosophy. Hemp is slightly different, though. With hemp, seeds are bred for their end result, meaning some seeds support fiber production

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