Re: Can Fukuoka farming methods feed the world's expanding population?
- Hi Niels
Yes, Joel follows many of my techniques. ;-) I was promoting his methods long before he became popular on the book and talk circuit. I respect and congratulate him for bringing these methods to the general population and promoting these techniques to a whole new group of sustainable and local farmers.
"Nature has answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask"
--- In email@example.com, Niels Corfield <mudguard@...> wrote:
> It seems mob stocking and holistic management are more appropriate for
> your system, as practiced by Joel Salatin.
> Are these techniques you are working with already?
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> James wrote:
> > Good morning - I constantly debate with those in large scale
> > commercial agriculture that organic farming can feed the world and
> > help local economies while helping to sequester carbon and reduce
> > greenhouse gas emissions.
> > I am new to this group and researching Fukuoka farming methods as much
> > as I can. I have read everything on the website but not yet the books
> > written by Fukuoka. My own farming methods closely resemble Fukuoka
> > (from what I have read)on a small scale for our large gardens but I
> > have not found where I can adapt my larger farming operation.
> > I have 100 acres total in permanent vegetation but do occasionally
> > have had to perform some light tillage to about 2 or 3 inches to
> > prepare a seedbed to plant various forages with a seed drill that I
> > feed to my livestock. I do not plow of disturb the soil or leave it
> > uncovered for more than a couple days. My farming exceeds current
> > organic certification requirements. Now that forages have been
> > established, tillage will no longer be necessary.
> > Many of us assume ownership or responsibility for land that has been
> > abused in the past. I am one of those people. It seems to me that
> > Fukuoka farming is not something that one can adopt totally for a few
> > years where soils have been treated poorly and depleted of their
> > natural fertility. Therefore, I have had to do what I can to improve
> > the organic matter content of my sandy loam soil. This includes
> > managed intensive grazing and feeding many tons of purchased organic
> > hay in Winter and during drought periods that adds organic matter and
> > nutrients to my depleted soils.
> > Jim Snyder
> > Edmore, MI
> > http://farmersforasustainablefuture.ning.com/
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