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.
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.
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.
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.
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.