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  1. As you work in agricultural development, there may be times that you find yourself wondering about the answer to a specific question you have. For example, should plants be spaced 30 cm or 60 cm apart to achieve the highest yield? Which one of three tomato cultivars would grow best in a...  
  2. For many of us the idea of “research” is scary. We are not trained in it. We picture rigorous statistical analyses that we are unfamiliar with. We have seen glossy scientific journals with technical words that we do not understand. Besides, isn’t our goal to directly help smallholder farmers? Why...  
  3. 1981-12-19 The primary focus of E.D. Notes, as well as of ECHO, is on items (1) for direct use or consumption on the subsistence farm and (2) with potential as a cash crop or small business for those with few resources. We trust that they will Offer you new ideas, information and opportunities Inform you of...
     
  4. 1981-12-19 This is a question we have been asking for some time. The idea is to prepare pellets using an appropriate technology pelletizer, using waste biomass or charcoal made from it. We do not have much to report at this time except that an engineer has designed and is making a simple pelletizer for us....  
  5. 1981-12-19 Ron Angert of the Haitian Agricultural Mission is actively promoting beekeeping and making a new kind of hive called an African hive. He says he can produce it for about half the cost of a standard hive. One cost saving factor is that a starter comb is not used. The bees instead start their comb...  
  6. 1981-12-19 The Pan American Seed Company is also introducing a true potato seed this spring (as opposed to seed potatoes which are really tubers that are cut into pieces and planted). Wally Turnbull at the Baptist Mission in Haiti has already tried a related variety and is very excited about its potential,...  
  7. 1981-12-19 The Appropriate Technology Sourcebook, Volume II has now been released. Many of you are familiar with the first volume of this helpful book. The second book, also by the Volunteers in Asia, contains reviews of practical books and plans for village and small community technology, covering...  
  8. 1981-12-19 Transplanted northerners, such as Bonnie and I, miss apples so much that we will pay a premium price for them at the store where they are brought in from colder areas. Most apples only bear fruit after a cold dormant period. Within the last few years there have been some important breakthroughs...  
  9. 1981-12-19 We have noticed that the prices of garlic and onions are often high in the tropics. This makes them a good candidate for a cash crop, but also makes one wary because there must be some good reason for their expense. Wally Turnbull at the Baptist Mission in Haiti is working on both crops and...  
  10. 1981-12-19 The primary focus of E.D. Notes, as well as of ECHO, is on items (1) for direct use or consumption on the subsistence farm and (2) with potential as a cash crop or small business for those with few resources. We trust that they will • Offer you new ideas, information and opportunities • Inform...