Friday, 15 August 2014
Sunday, 10 August 2014
|Spelt and Einkorn|
There are two worlds of field crop agriculture.
The mainstream agroindustrial system, and everything else.
They blend at the edges, but also show clear divisions.
Conventional farms belong to a well managed supply and distribution web.
The business formula and methodology is spelled out with assurance and backed by government ministry.
Typical crops include field corn, soybeans, wheat, and some oats and barley.
Corn and soy overshadow everything else; significantly.
Virtually all field crops are used to feed livestock.
Farms are well connected to a predictable distribution chain.
Farmers are well connected to seed companies and government guidance.
It's a well oiled, and tightly controlled system.
Our blessing is to be given the opportunity to work with these people.
We play a role in making connections and offering support where we can.
And by promoting agricultural systems that will be strong and lasting throughout generations.
The real reward is the challenge of agricultural reform,
and the hope that comes along with it.
We draw strength from the passion of others.
looking for change,
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Monday, 12 May 2014
Friday, 9 May 2014
All of our gardens over the past 5 years have been built hugelkultur style. Hugelkultur is a raised bed garden filled with logs, sticks, compost, and other organic materials; much the way a forest floor works.
I no longer till any of my gardens.
I rarely weed, and seldom need to water.
I mulch heavily in the fall and spring with leaves, compost, straw, or anything organic that will break down.
Once my planting is done I will mulch once or twice in the summer.
This supplies the soil with lots of nutrients and holds moisture longer so I rarely need to water.
The mulch covering also keeps weeds at bay.
This link illustrates Ruth Stout's method for no till gardening.