Other Information Resources

What is Organic Farming – From an Ontario Organic Farmer

OrganiCouncilOntario (2011, Aug 12). What is Organic Farming – From an Ontario Organic Farmer [Video file] Retrieved March 28, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=911gXcR-Ixs

 

 

How I fell in love with a fish

Barber,D (2010,Feb). How I fell in love with a fish [Video file] Retrieved March 28, 2013, from http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_barber_how_i_fell_in_love_with_a_fish.html

Tiny Farm Blog

Mike,K(2013,March). Tiny Farm Blog [Web Blog].Retrieved from http://tinyfarmblog.com/

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The person in this Blog owns and operates an two acre micro organic farm in Ontario. The blog documents his journey in planting and operating the farm as well as getting organically certified.  This level of detail and documentation is very helpful for anyone who is thinking to do the same. Mike, the owner of the blogs goal is to share the information that he has learned over his six year journey. He found that he had to teach himself about seed depth and soil temperature and how far apart to space the plants.  Mike has learned how to do things the hard way in the course of his farm odyssey and can be considered an expert on organic micro farming. Mike documents everything he does with a daily photo journal. It is also possible to contact him and ask questions. He does make recommendations about seeds etc. and point people towards other resources but there is no way to validate his information on the site itself. The only way to do this would be through independent research.  The latest blog entry as of the 29th of March 2013 is dated the 23 of March 2013 so it is up to date. Currency in blogs is important because it lets you know if the blogger has been successful in the efforts. The information is not objective because it is from Mikes perspective. He has opinions about the right way and wrong way to do things and he gives advice. The Blog has a lot of entries but it is easy to navigate and provides the opportunity to search via subject and date. Overall it is very nice blog to look at because of all the photos that Mike has provided. A really interesting feature that helps keep users engaged and provides background for the journey is the history click a pic option that takes users to random blog posts.  The blog posts are all very well written and give a good idea about what organic farming is all about. This also helps with ease of use and navigation.

Databases For other resources

Tedtalks: http://www.ted.com/talks

TED Talks began in 1984.TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It is a nonprofit database for  experts to come together to give lectures on the research that interests them. The result is a place where ideas come together. The videos range in length from a few minutes to over an hour and there are topics on every subject. Ted talks is a great way to learn about something knew from an expert in a very short time. Think of it as a scholarly journal that talks to you and provides interesting visuals. TEDtalks and other websites like are changing the way people access and share information across the world. Learning is easy and collaborative.

Youtube http://www.youtube.com/

Youtube was created in 2005. It is a website where anyone can upload view and share videos. YouTube is very much a mixed bag and a user has to be careful about the videos that they choose to get information from. At the same time it’s an important resource because of the cast cache of data on the Website.  There is content from organizations and individuals on the site, as well as lectures posted by learning institutions like universities. Many people no longer turn to books to understand how to do things. Instead they go to YouTube or other sites like it to get a visual explanation of the subject they are interested in.

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