Northern & Central Midwest

July, 2005
Regional Report

Web Finds

Sustainable Agriculture
The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service site offers the latest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events, and funding opportunities. It features in-depth publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, information on organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA, and other federal sustainable agriculture activities.

Favorite or New Plant

Asian Pear
Asian pear is certainly not a new plant, but many gardeners aren't aware that these delectable fruits can be easily grown in the home garden. Most Asian pears grow to about 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide, and they can even be pruned into a fairly formal hedge. They produce tasty fruits that are like a cross between an apple and a pear. Best of all, there are few pests that bother the tree or the fruit, and they are resistant to fireblight, unlike many other pears. Plant them in full sun with well-drained soil, and be sure to plant two varieties for good pollination.

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