Natural farming  - Garden agri - culture

Learning how to transform a semi abandoned piece of land not far from the sea  into a healthy food garden, when it is nature to lead the process.  

Water: I do not extract water from underground – clean water it is too precious for human consumption. I try to use only water that I can harvest from what comes from the sky.

Fertility: I do not use chemical fertilizer to avoid dependency from fossil fuel that is already scarce. I rely on compost making transforming left over and biomasse from the farm itself.

Land preparation: no tractor so-far, minimum digging despite the soil is heavy clay. I rely on plant capacity to go deep by their tap-root system: alfa alfa, abricots, hartichokes, …

Pest control: Almost nothing. I trust mechanical control and crop diversity will reduce the problem.

Energy: I rely on solar radiation by capturing  through photovoltaic panels, and using directly for pumping water (12 volts ac) or stocking in battery (100 amperes) and converting to 220 volts for other appliances, charging all types of batteries for grass mower, electric saw, light, etc.

Sustainability: both investment and running costs are kept to a minimum as well as energy input in terms of human labour.

Productivity: it is certainly not assessed in economic terms since the objective is totally different.

Objective: With the immediate target to preserve a piece of maremma-land from the aggression of human -industrial activity and cement, the goal is to gradually nurture a well balanced natural agriculture system. Natural processes can lead the way to identify healthy foods in pleasant environment, that encourages observation, respect, relaxation through exercise; develop, through contemplation, a real sense of belonging to the universe that surrounds us.

Biodiversity: throughout the year edible fruits and colorful flowers are available:

artichokes and thistles,  olives, apricots, prunes, apple, pears, lemon, oranges, figs, almonds, alfalfa, borage, turnip greens, wild asparagus, wild fennel, wild spinach, wild chicory, rocket, lettuces, brocoli, cabbage, tomatoes, sweet pepper, eggplant, rosemary, sage, lavender, basil, strawberries, blackberries, arbutus. Frogs and red carps swim in the artificial pond while buzzards, kites and  colorful bee-eater, small boars and hedgehog, foxes and snakes, and myriads of snails make themselves visible or leave traces as to prove they also enjoy this garden-farm eco-system. 

Rediscovering the wisdom of many enthusiasts farmers and scientists who for years have shown the effectiveness and practicability of natural farming        

The straw revolution  Agricoltura naturale - by  MASANABU FUKUOKA

                                                

 

 

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Polyface Farming: the rotation method which makes the farm of Joel Salatin and his family in Swoope, Virginia-USA, more like an ecological system than conventional farming. The farm is driven using unconventional methods with the goal of "emotionally, economically and environmentally enhancing agriculture". This farm is where Salatin developed and put into practice many of his most innovative and significant agricultural methods. These include direct-marketing of meats and produce to consumers, pastured-poultry, grass-fed beef and the rotation method. Polyface Farm operates a farm store on-site where consumers go to pick up their products.Polyfarms su youtube

Salatin's documentary

Texas Prepper’s Greenhouse 

La serra fai da te

The agriculture that came from World Wars (Extract english)

Solutions locales pour un desordre globale par Coline Serreau (français – version complète)

The agriculture that came from World Wars (English subtitle)

Dominique Guillet su Liberterre http://www.liberterre.fr/

TED Talk by Janine Benyus on Biomimicry 
Il giardino naturale di Denis Pepin in Francia

www.asknature.org

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