This is my first blog.
I'm in the process of launching my new business, Farm Design Services.
In this business we handle design of farms, conventional and organic.
I'm located in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Read my Blog on the 5th website page.
The first subject I'd like to tackle is
- who are we, Farm Design Services?
- what do we do?
There are various farming methods being practiced today.
1. Conventional Farming - using methods which can be traced back about 10,000 years when
we abandoned hunting-gathering and settled into village life.
This was a bold move, but now these brave humans needed to get their food sources in order:
"the Birth of Agriculture"...
... sow the seeds, tend the plants, harvest, store supplies for winter, Also store seeds for next spring's planting.
Since WWII, sadly, there has been a serious ramping up of the use of toxic biocides: pest-, herb-, fungi-cides, and petro-fertilizers. All have weakened soils and reduced their vitality.
Industrial Agriculture and Conventional Farms have provided the means and encouraged this toxic path.
Organic and Permaculture farming can bring these soils back with a 5-10 year serious effort of
heavy application of organic materials like compost, compost tea, and biochar.
In future blog reports I'll provide details on what these are and how they may be applied.
It's the price we must pay for decades of soil abuse. In addition, we advise that farmers who
are dealing with cleaning up toxic soils use no till or at least low till methods of farming
moving forward. Soil which is continually subjected to plough/till cycles cannot stabilize and
realize its full potential. When it is left to develop its underground magic, webs of fungus,
micorrhiza, microbes, and including carbon materials like biochar will help speed recovery.
There is a new urgency now, as we need to get serious.
The 2015 Dec 1 Paris COP21 Climate Conference Agreement signed a majority of world nations is in effect, and commits many signatories to soil improvements. Healthy organic soils have the ability to draw down atmospheric carbon. This means worldwide soils in the form of 8B acres of rangeland, and 3.6B acres of agricultural lands has the potential to draw down and reduce our atmospheric carbon overload. The world sits at 402 ppm. We must find a way to claw back our atmospheric toxic overload to 350ppm if we are to find the path back to a healthy and sustainable future.
.... to be continued