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Earth Day Fun - Sustainable Farming

By: Steve Frailey Sunday April 22, 2018 comments Tags: organic farming, sustainable energy, sustainable farming

Why sustainable farming?

Farmers who practice sustainable farming work with nature without depleting its precious resources. This can even be done in your own backyard!

Sustainable Farming Techniques:

No Till Agriculture

Most conventional farmers rely on tilling the soil. Tilling turns over the soil making it easier to plant new crops. However tilling kills living organisms (including earthworms), allows vital nutrients to escape, and gives weeds a chance to germinate.

Water and Solar Power

Utilizing what mother nature has already given us is a cost effective way to work the land. Solar and wind power are great natural energy resources. The cost may seem high up front, but the results will more than pay for itself. Regarding water conversation, only use the water you need, mulch heavily and collect rainwater when possible can also make your carbon foot lighter.

Did you know? It can take 1,000’s of years for a natural water table to replenish itself.

To read 9 tips for at home water conservation click here

Soil Enrichment

Soil, compost, mulch, and earthworm castings are black gold to most farmers. Healthy soil means healthy crops. Using chemical fertilizers can strip away natural minerals in the soil. Chemical fertilizers also contain high amounts of ammonia and sodium which kills earthworms and other beneficial microbes in the soil.

To read more about mulch click here
To read more about earthworms click here

Understanding Your Farm’s Ecosystem

Understanding a farm’s ecosystem one of the best sustainable farming techniques. Many birds, bats, insects, and spiders are natural predators of many agricultural pests. In addition, bees help pollinate crops and produce honey.

Did you know? 1 out of every 3 bites of food is because of bees.

To learn more about bees click here

Unfortunately, chemical pesticides have done their damage. Currently, the bee population in the U.S. is decreasing by 50% each year.

Crop Rotation

Crop rotation avoids the unintended consequences of planting the same crop in the same soil each year. For example, crop rotation can reduce pest by breaking the pests’ reproductive cycles and halting their food supply. When utilizing crop rotation, farmers can also plant crops that replenish nutrients in the soil that a future crop would need and reduce or even eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.

What can you do at home?

Know your farmer Most people buy food from big box supermarkets. Despite the colorful packaging and catchy gimmicks such as natural, and free range, food is not what it used to be. In the quest to process food so it is more convenient to prepare, vital nutrients are being stripped away from the food. In short, we’re consuming empty, toxic calories. Knowing your farmer by shopping local is a sustainable and responsible way to eat.

To read more on why you should know your farmer click here

Grow your own food Growing your own food is a way to ensure what’s on the table is quality and chemical free. You have control over every aspect of the growing and cultivating process including selecting the seeds you wish to plant. Growing your own food can be very self-fulfilling and is not as difficult at you may think.

Click here for sustainable farming tips for beginners

What is the Hawaiian Organic Noni way?

Whenever possible, we let nature do the heavy lifting. Nature knows best when it comes to the amazing noni fruit. First off, we don’t till the soil on our farm. Organic mulching and composting is probably the easiest way to enrich soil fertility. We do this around all our noni trees, and get great results. To read about sustainable soil enrichment click here Secondly, we harness wind energy to fill the electrical demands of our farm, including the low-heat dehydration system that produces Noni Fruit Leather. Thirdly, rather than using public water supplies, our organic noni fruit is grown through well-water pulled from the earth by the sun’s energy. We only water the noni trees directly through drip irrigation and not the farmland as a whole. This allows us to apply the water directly to the tree’s root system and maximize the use of the water.

To read more about mimicking nature click here

 

Source:
http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/solutions/advance-sustainable-agriculture/sustainable-agriculture.html#.WO4UP3NMHqB
http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/methods-and-benefits-of-sustainable-agriculture.php
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/sustainable-agriculture/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_agriculture

Steve Frailey

About the Author: Steve Frailey

My wife and I (Steve Frailey) moved to Kauai, Hawaii in 1982 from our organic farm in California. There were no roads, electricity, water or buildings but lots of Noni trees (Morinda Citrifolia) in our valley. We also developed a deep relationship with Noni that was growing all through our valley.  Today we run our Hawaiian Organic Noni farm, and share the gift of health with people throughout the world.



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