A garden can guzzle more water than you would think possible! Add fruit trees, and you will find that raising plants places a huge demand on your water resources.
It’s very easy to get carried away in our farm spending. It seems that there’s always some handy tool or machine that would make life a little easier, and there’s always a steady stream of things needing to be repaired. If you’re ready to rein in the spending a little bit, here are a few…… Continue reading 3 Money-Saving Tips for the Farm
It may seem simple to define sustainable agriculture, but ask two people what it is, and you’ll probably get two different answers. Many of the various perspectives have similarities, but each approaches the subject from a slightly different angle. Here are three of the most common viewpoints. Environmental Focus One common view is that sustainable…… Continue reading What is Sustainable Agriculture?
Late fall and winter are good times to review the year and think up ways to improve the next growing season. If you put it off until spring, chances are you’ll be too busy.
Unlike some of the other Joel Salatin books we recommend, You Can Farm is not a practical how-to guide. It is a philosophical challenge geared toward beginners. It’s a great way to start contesting paradigms and brainstorming outside of the box as you are guided through the process of creating a vision and making it…… Continue reading You Can Farm
If we avid gardeners were to be brutally honest with ourselves, we would all probably have to admit that we spend way too much money on seeds. There are always new and exciting varieties to try, and we want to have some extra seeds on hand just in case, and sometimes we get carried away…… Continue reading 5 Ways to Save Money On Seeds
For those of you who love planning gardens and don’t mind experimenting with more sophisticated rotations, here are a few ideas to consider.
Management-intensive grazing (MiG) is a systems approach to keeping grazing animals of all kinds on pasture.
This is not a post about recycling—at least not the type that involves saving up plastic bottles for the local recycling center. This type of recycling is quite a bit more interesting because it seriously challenges your creativity. If you’re keeping a close eye on your spending, there is one key question that will arise…… Continue reading Don’t Throw It Out!
In nature, everything is part of everything else. Cycles and systems are all inextricably linked together to form a whole environment. Microscopic organisms are just as important in their place as larger living creatures. The solar cycle and the water cycle interact, and both plants and animals are necessary to the food chain. The rest…… Continue reading Looking at the Bigger Picture