Is there a "MICRO-FARMING" message-group or email-list that anyone can point
me to? Or if nothing yet exists, are there some individuals interested in
corresponding around the concept of micro-farming?
Definition: MICRO-FARMING is the profit-making cultivation of mixed
plant crops on areas of land between two-to-five acres. My personal
includes (nearly) closed food-web ecological cycles which produce all the
herbicides, and pesticides through on-site biologial processes. This is
similar to "J.I.Rodale-style organic" farming, but has important
distinctions which are
not usually noticable unless a person is greatly familiar with
as it has developed to present times.
Micro-farming requires small livestock. (One cow or beef cattle requires two
of pasture and two years to grow to suitable size to be harvested, which is
not a profit-making sustainable practice on a two acre micro-farm.) Such
livestock includes chickens, ducks, fish, and perhaps a few geese or quail.
render inedible plant parts and farm wastes into two valuable products, meat
eggs), and fertilizing manures. Another small livestock not usually
such is worms, which are high quality manure processors (as vermicompost)
high nutrition feed for fish and fowl.
Mushrooms and a full selection of green groceries, berries and fruits can be
integrated with the livestock to coexist on micro-plots for perpetual
(both economically and ecologically) with surprisingly little active
approximately 40 hours per week by one farmworker for year-round
takes a great deal of cleverness to manage over 1,000 chickens, 1,000
1,000 fish on 87,000 square feet of land, while putting in and harvesting
tomatoes, lettuce, celery, peppers, etc. to supply a CSA of thirty
Especially if one wants to keep the workload down to 40-hour work-weeks for
Normally, this kind of concept is not in the range of discussions active on
and is more the subject matter for overseas agricultural missionaries trying
improve the lot of the burgeoning poor in undeveloped nations. Ironically,
this micro-farming is four to twelve times the net productivity of "green
high-yield mechanized farming, and would certainly benefit the lot of
country rural populations, it requires infrastructure to be low-tech. In
without infrastructure one cannot have the benefits of highest yields, even
micro-farm is not mechanized nor high-tech in itself. So missionary groups
the ideal interest group for correspondence on this subject.
Intentional communities looking for revenue-producing activities might have
interest, as might the back-to-the-land folks who went back and then found
takes money to afford your escape. Small (I mean SMALL = under ten acres)
farmers familiar with organic farming might find a huge boost in
productivity if they
understood the value of (nearly) closed loops of food-chain webs integrated
living systems, but after over a year subscribing to "homesteading" email
to turn up one person who didn't already think they had a good thing going.
homestead list was filled daily with people looking for advice on solving
caused by simple lack of foresight, careening from one "crisis" after
seems people really wanted to go back in time as well as back to the land.
Previous attempts here on Sanet failed to find one correspondent on
but maybe you have seen a group somewhere in your net travels who likes to
indulge in ideas about how to make life easier by using modern
instead of grandpappy's handed-down lore from his grandpappy. Permaculture
out. That is a design system based on outside income, not profitable design
systems which sustain the homeowner fiscally so that he/she does not have to
selling seminars on "how to permaculture" and never actually has to compete
tomatoes. If everybody in the world lived a permaculture lifestyle it would
or more planet-Earths to diffuse the population so each could have their
Micro-farming with four to twelve times the net productiviy of "intensive"
called "high-yield" or "green revolution" by it's proponents, and
"industrial farming" or "factory farming" by it's deractors is wasting or
to twelve times the agricultural lands required by micro-farming wherever it
competes raising the same crop(s).
Dennis T. Avery (Sanet's most popular villian) uses classic bad accounting
cites statistics in his frequent publishings. In an essay entitled
Agriculture Unkind To World's Hungry" Avery cites activists who have helped
Peruvian farmers in the Andes revive an ancient system of farming which
raised fields surrounded by water-filled ditches. These "waru-warus"
temperature and extend the growing season, allowing 14 tons of potatoes per
hectare, against the regional average of less than 4 tons. Then he goes on
out that Idaho farmers grow 20 tons of french-fry perfect potatoes per
accounting is flawed because he does not show how round-up ready no-till
would moderate the soil temperature and extend the growing season. He also
not subtract from the 20 tons/hectare the costs of machinery
purchase/amortization/operations costs, and the costs of round-up ready GE
potatoes, the "round-up", the fertilizers and other inputs bought out of
tons/hectare, not needed because it is not used by the Peruvians. If the
nets half after expenses he would get a NET productivity increase of 6
by going the "waru-waru" method.
This kind of false statistic is used routinely by liars trying to justify
polluting, toxic agriculture which is filled with cruelty to animals.
Organic farmers are so used to being abused in print by the Avery's out
they don't take criticism as worth considering, but Avery is right on one
thing. If his
favorite agriculture is four to twelve times less productive than integrated
systems of micro-farming, most organic farmers have a large margin of
productivity gains yet to be achieved.
Both organic farming and industrial farming are wasting large tracts of
owned habitat lands for no good purpose. The world is neither being
(when 30,000 species are driven into extinction each year by inefficient
all types) nor are the farmers delivering enough of their best possible
consumers. It is a tragedy on every front. Who wouldn't want to talk about
alternatives. Well, in fact, it seems just about everybody is quite
satisfied with the
status-quo judging by the lists and newsgroups I monitored for the last two
It was once predicted that the internet would make possible distantly
into "communities of interest". I have most often found that not to be true,
ideological warriors battling for cyber-turf, with spontaneous juntas
ambush dissimilar interest groups have often been seen on usenet newsgroups
mail-lists like Sanet-mg. IF you are interested in micro-farming as a
solution to environmental usurpation of biodiversity habitat, THEN we may
common interest to communicate about.
My email addresses are: LionKuntz@email.com, LionKuntz@aol.com,
A list of about seventy webpages I maintain can be located at
http://ww.nav.to/LifeSaviors or you can begin perusing pages at
http://homepages.msn.com/VolunteerSt/lifesaviors and follow links to pages
An essay about the worst of the worst kinds of farming I call "satanic
posted at URL =
Sincerely, signed __Lion Kuntz__
Santa Rosa, California, USA.
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