Conservation agriculture is a set of soil-conserving practices that support soil life, preserve and build soil, and capture carbon into the soil—which is one of the largest carbon storehouses on Earth.
Hoop houses are structures made for growing plants. With hoop houses, we can control the climate and extend growing seasons. They are usually built with metal frames that are anchored into the ground and covered with a transparent plastic sheeting.
Intensive gardening relies on polyculture methods—growing multiple crops in one space. Gardening spaces, which can be small, are planted to their full potential and are highly productive. Intensive gardening methods protect soil health, boost plant immunity, conserve water, and keep pests at bay.
Permaculture is a closed or almost closed food-growing system that uses sustainable and self-sustaining agricultural practices that imitate nature and natural processes and cycles.
Urban farmer educators
Urban farmer educators are individuals who are both well-versed in urban farming practices and able to work with children and youth, showing them how to grow food. With teacher support, urban farmer educators integrate school curriculum into their work with students.
Wild farming is the practice of growing food in natural areas, mostly assisting native edibles and adding only non-invasive plants that produce well while supporting the natural ecosystem. The natural ecosystem remains healthy and minimally disturbed. Wild farming can be practiced in the forests of the Pacific Northwest that have berry-producing plants. There, wild farming practices ensure that the berry plants are able to receive needed sun and rain and that they are protected enough from wildlife that crops can be harvested reliably.