Ashleigh Smith + photo

Ashleigh Smith

Nov 8
2 min read
bubble 0
Agricultural Practices

Agriculture is defined as the science of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock to be marketed and sold.

Agriculture has several segments to it. The different types of agriculture include: Nomadic Herding, Livestock Ranching, Shifting Cultivation, Rudimentary Sedentary Tillage, Intensive Subsistence Farming, Commercial Plantations, Mediterranean Agriculture, Commercial Grain Farming, Mixed Farming, Dairy Farming, and Specialized Horticulture. This list may seem kind of overwhelming if you don’t know what some of the above words mean. To simply put it, agriculture is divided into types based on the end product, geographical area of practice, weather influence, how land is used, and the lifestyle of the farmers.

The history of agriculture goes back to the first civilizations in the Middle East (Fertile Crescent), Central America, and China. The start of agriculture is marked by the origin of cultivation, rather than the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Some of the first crops included corn (teosinte), rice, potatoes, and squash.

As people developed better technology and knowledge agriculture also made advancements enabling the process of growing food easier, and more reliable. The ancient Greeks are credited with some of the first advancements when it comes to grafting plants for advantageous traits. Soon this knowledge would also lead to advancements in animal farming.

In the 1700’s sheep and cattle would be bred for better meat and wool production making them a greater asset to people. Many advancements would be made over the coming centuries as Charles Darwin would publish his well known book On the Origins of Species and Friar Gregor Mendel would begin his pea plant experiments. As genetics became better understood we have pursued greater innovations allowing for less hunger worldwide and more sustainable practices.

Today agricultural practices in the United States are monitored by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). They are made up of 29 agencies whose purpose is to, “provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.”

Agriculture is continually evolving to be better. One of the most important focuses of current progress is with regards to regenerative agriculture. This includes the advancement of sustainable practices. Today we realize how important soil health is not only for good food production, but to the longevity of our farms. Without healthy soils, how can we expect our land to be productive?

Become a True Leaf Market Brand Ambassador! You’ll enjoy awesome perks, free products and exclusive swag & offers! Help us create a gardening revolution and help others experience the joy of growing!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

0 Comments

No Comments yet! Be the first to start a conversation

  1. Masanobu Fukuoka - Sustainability and SimplicityJapanese man tending to a rice field

    Masanobu Fukuoka - Sustainability and Simplicity

    Written By Lara Wadsworth Picture yourself in the serene Japanese countryside. The sun is warm but not too hot, the birds are chirping happily in a nearby forest and it rained last night so everything is lively and green. You’re standing on a hillside ...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-06-08
    6 min read
    bubble 0
  2. Joy Larkom - Gardening Wisdom and Inspirationwoman holding a basket of freshly harvested vegetables

    Joy Larkom - Gardening Wisdom and Inspiration

    Written By Lara Wadsworth Early Inspiration Have you ever wondered what it takes to revolutionize gardening? Me neither… until I learned about Joy Larkcom. I had no idea that vegetable gardening had been revolutionized in such recent history. Isn't thi...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-06-04
    6 min read
    bubble 0
  3. The Top 5 Anti-Aging Microgreens5 Anti-aging microgreens

    The Top 5 Anti-Aging Microgreens

    Written By Lara Wadsworth The health and beauty marketing teams of today want us to fear aging and play off of our natural fears to make us buy various serums, creams, etc. To be fair, it is scary to notice new wrinkles, fall asleep on the couch at 10p...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-06-04
    6 min read
    bubble 1
  4. A Rainy Day Revelation: Discovering Piet Oudolf's Belle Isle Garden in DetroitConservatory in the fall at Belle Isle Garden in Detroit

    A Rainy Day Revelation: Discovering Piet Oudolf's Belle Isle Garden in Detroit

    Written By Lara Wadsworth When I was tasked with writing an article about Piet Oudolf a few weeks ago, I didn’t know what I was getting into! I remember learning about the internationally renowned landscape designer as a college student in my horticult...


    Ashleigh Smith + photo

    Ashleigh Smith

    2024-05-28
    7 min read
    bubble 0