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Designing your own farm

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016

Designing your own farm

If you want to have a sustainable farm, there are a couple of things you need to know or do.

First of all, you need to know the difference between sustainable and organic.

An organic label means that the food was produced without the use of synthetic chemicals, but that by all means doesn’t exclude the environmental damage it can cause.

Secondly, you need to know what sustainability means.

1farming (wiki)Sustainability in farming means that you can farm the land so that it produces food indefinitely. For your farm to become one you need to avoid causing irreversible damage to the land, do not withdraw any resources from the land that cannot be replenished and also produce enough income so that you can remain on a farm.

The third thing you should do is ”consider the source”.

You need to determine where your resources come from and whether or not you are taking more than it can be replaced by either you or by natural processes.b2938386-f9f6-403b-952f-19bf92da5e45-620x372

You need to ask yourself where your resources and inputs are coming from, and you also need to keep in mind that your farm is not isolated from the rest of the world. It doesn’t have to be fully self-sustainable but rather stable in the long-term and productive. The more varied and Renewable your sources are, the longer the life of the farm.

Recycling is a major factor when designing a sustainable farm. There are no products that can’t be reused, recycled or reduced.

Think long and hard what else you can do with the product you’ve been left with and if you can’t think of any way to use it for yourself, maybe somebody else might benefit from them. Think creatively.

This one might be a bit tricky, but you should also encourage diversity surrounding your farm. The ecology of your farm doesn’t end with the borders you’ve created.

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You can think about planting trees outside the farm which will act as windbreaks and also as homes for the birds. Birds which will eat the insects which eat your crops. Thinking outside the box is essential if you want to have a good, long-lasting farm. You should also tolerate natural predators which lurk in the around your farm like snakes, ladybugs, and spiders. For example, a snake will hunt down gophers without hurting the farm; ladybugs will kill aphids and spiders will hunt all kinds of diseases spreading insects.

Ultimately and most importantly, find good, reliable labor. Find people who will not be afraid of dirtying their hands and who will know how to handle a sustainable farm.harvester

If you reduce your dependence on fossil fuel you will have to increase the dependence on people and not just on their physical abilities, but their knowledge too.

In the end, simply enjoy your life. It’s important to enjoy the work you put into designing the farm, because otherwise, what’s the point? If you can’t appreciate all the hard work and effort you’ve given into realizing your perfect farm, maybe you should change profession.

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Farming tips

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016

Farming tips

If you’re like me, you probably dreamt of having your farm since you were a little boy. Simply doing the chores on your own land, providing for yourself and your family seemed like a perfect life.

With a strong desire and unwavering will to succeed, I’ve overcome many obstacles and fulfilled my childhood dream, and I’m willing to share my experience with anyone willing to listen. There were many detours on my path that I wish I skipped, but a lack of knowledge and experience will surely hold anyone back. Without further ado, here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way.Red-clay-deb-thompson-727x409

First of all, respect the soil. Soil health is financial health. You have to understand that you are dealing with a living system and that your actions will have consequences. No matter what you do, or not will impact that system. What you should think about is how to make your impact as positive as it can be.

veggies-and-fruitsSecondly, aim to become a price maker. It doesn’t matter if you are producing a high-quality product and in large quantities if the market prices plummet. Sometimes, if you’re not a price maker, the harvesting of said product will cost you more than you will earn by selling it, which means – take matters into your own hands.

Marketing your product is as important as producing it, but it’s often neglected the aspect of farming.

The next thing you should try and do is to get organic certification.

organicAs the technology progresses, we are learning more and more about the negative effects of chemicals used on plants to protect them against diseases, insects and what not. When the majority of the population become informed on all the negative effects and potential threats of non-organic products, most people will look for organic food. Not only will this part of the market grow, but it will cost more as well.

The fourth tip I have for you today is – feed the soil what it needs when it needs it.

Soil testing is becoming a necessity and most farmers today can’t imagine farming without it. You need to feed the soil the required ingredients when it needs it most. With proper planning not only will you save a lot of money, but you will also increase the productivity and quality of your product.

Most importantly, you need to learn how to relax.

Farmers are usually dealing with a lot more stress than regular folk; you are having a hard time dealing with greedy supermarket chains, unpredictable climate changes, declining soil fertility and a bunch of other things, among physical exhaustion too.1227

If you like to do physical work yourself and start feeling some kind of pain, you should get a pinched nerve treatment as soon as possible. Don’t try to persist through pain, don’t bring yourself down with negative thoughts, always try to relax as much as you can, and you will be fine. I, myself, found meditation very useful when dealing with heavy losses and negative mindset.

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