I don't know about Lion, but I farm this way- 30 member CSA from 1/4
It's not theoretical, People are doing it all over. I also teach this
to others through on-farm workshops and at a state college.
I use all hand labor, no machinery. This is 100 times more energy
than using fossil fuels. (See John Jeavons at Ecology Action for
He's a former system analyst and has quantified this type of
Using proper soil management techniques, I have been able to increase
fertility of my soil while producing far more per unit of land than any
systems. And shit DOES happen- no matter what system you use. The
to diversify crops. In years that are bad for salad greens, we produce
bounty of other things. I will admit that these small, intensive farms
produce commodities as efficiently, but they can produce fresh, highly
nutritious vegetables and fruit for local markets.
IMHO we need to promote all types of agriculture. From large commodity
to micro-farms producing for niche markets. This makes more sense to me
trying to produce vegetables and shipping them all over the world or
raise corn on a quarter acre with hand labor.
We need to have an agricultural system that is all encompassing- that
discount farms because they're too small to be of any significance.
now, pretty much, defined by size, leaving out the small operations.
small operations are an important part of the total picture.
Alas, you can't sell much product to a micro-farm and our agricultural
(and our whole culture) is based on consumption (or over consumption).
the source of prejudice against micro-farms. Large corporations and
consolidation of the food industry (and all industries) is seen as the
the future. All this is is concentration of wealth and resources- an
and unsustainable trend.
Bottom line- diversification on the farms and within our agricultural
is the key to a healthy farm economy. Consolidation is the key to a
corporate bank account. Which do we want?
Walden Ridge, TN
"Wilson, Dale" wrote:
> Dear Lion Kuntz,
> > productivity of 4 to 12 times the NET productivity...
> > worker obtains a wide variety of skills...
> > After the living systems have been matured to stabilizing
> > micro-ecologies of whole food-chain webs...
> > 3120 chickens, 3120 rabbits and 3120 big fish....
> > Feeding the fish takes even less time...
> > Weeding never has to be done as a separate chore...
> > Watering...takes literally seconds per day...
> > A list of about seventy webpages I maintain can be located...
> > An essay about Ecological Synergy...
> > An essay about Introduction to Ecological Synergy...
> > An essay about additional details of Ecological Synergy...
> Do you actually farm this way, or do you just write about it? Isn't
> all theoretical? In real life, shit happens. Plans go awry. With
> complex, tightly managed systems, the potential for catastrophic
> extremely high.
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