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  • Basic Lesson Plan Number 162 10 Items To Sustainable Farming

    Basic Lesson Plan Number 162

    10 Items To Sustainable Farming



    In the world of farming, the word “Sustainable” refers to any farming method that produces food, fiber or other agricultural products, while protecting the environment, humans and animals. It may or may not be organic. To learn more about what is real sustainable farming, and how to avoid mistakes as a beginner, you must use the ideas listed below.


    1. Think in terms of developing a closed-loop system. in which you manage your land, and what it produces are recycled. The system is put to use without harming man, animals, or the environment. Remember that you should not replant the same crop in the same spot each year. Plants use up the nutrients and chemicals at different rate, so the land needs time to recover.


    2. Don’t neglect the economic side of sustainability. Ideally, your land and what it produces, should provide enough income to supply the additional needs the land cannot provide. If you have enough acres think rental for the season to other farmers for crops.


    3. Conserve water by storing rainwater, and runoff from storms, using it for irrigation.


    4. Use water-saving techniques, such as a drip system. If located where it is hot and/or dry mulch around your plants to conserve soil moisture.


    5. For off grid use; Use animals to provide power for your equipment, as a food source, and to improve the soil by eating invasive plants, and providing manure.
    (Natures fertilizer)


    6. Use excess produce to feed your livestock, and/or provide additional income by selling it.


    7. Preserve produce, and meat; A ROOT CELLAR is a must for use during winter months, and in case of emergencies.


    8. Avoid the use of synthetic herbicides or pesticides. Rely on beneficial insects, weeding with animals, mechanical means, personal experience, and knowledge.


    9. Re-purpose downed or dead trees as animal cover, as lumber to use in building projects, and for heat.


    10. learn to use solar, wind, water, wood, and bio-fuels as off grid energy sources for individual projects.


    Hint: Prior to you purchasing a Hobby, or even full size farm, get experience by attending a few weekend farming schools that will give you experience in crops, livestock, and general operations.

  • #2
    The TV announcer asks the farmer, "You've just won a million dollars. What are you going to do with the money."

    The farmer replies, "I'm going to farm until its all gone."


    Old farming joke.
    If it was man made it can be man re-made.

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    • #3
      Two things to research and consider. Permaculture and Aquaponics.

      Dale

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      • #4
        Very good joke. Heard it maybe 30 years ago. Thinking outside the box is very good But what about a good source of fresh water for your plants?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dalewick View Post
          Two things to research and consider. Permaculture and Aquaponics. Dale

          The more I hear about permaculture and the various off shoots and segments this sounds like the way to go. With use of swails, huegel beds, perennial food forests and then a lot of the sustainable methods taught by people like Joel Saladin and Geoff Lawton it seems like a heck of a system could be designed to be in large part self sustaining.
          I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you!

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          • #6
            Some more great info on farming.

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            • #7
              Yep and as I said then and even more so believe today the principles of permacultrue is the way to go and an aquaponics system can be a great way to have renewable, sustainable system of protein. I still haven't been able to figure out how I can implement it here in my local and life style. I don't have the room to do something like Mangler has.
              I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you!

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              • #8
                I wish I had the room to do that. Mangler has done well on the aquaponics. Another reason I want to buy a place in the country. Lack of land.

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