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Re: Can Fukuoka farming methods feed the world's expanding population?

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  • James
    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
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 23, 2009
      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.

      Jim Snyder
      Edmore, MI
      "Nature has answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask"

      --- In fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.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?
      > Cheers,
      > niels
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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/
      > > <http://farmersforasustainablefuture.ning.com/>
      > >
      > >
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