Welcome to my new blog! I hope that it will provide you with insight as to where your food comes from, how to support local growers, new and alternative methods of farming and gardening, and if you are a producer like me, I hope to be able to provide you with ideas on how to become more sustainable!
I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine in which we were discussing all of the advances in technology our society has enjoyed over the past several decades. I mean, I left the country for 2 years in 2003 and when I got back, everyone was talking about a thing called an iPod. I was like, "What the hell is an iPod?" It's amazing the rate at which new inventions are surfacing.
While we see all of this advancement in 'convenience technology', however, there seems to be a stagnation in agriculture. I'm not saying that the tractor hasn't made farming more efficient, or that genetic coding hasn't made Holsteins produce more milk, but I am saying that our agriculturally-productive land space has shrunken over the last 50 years, resulting in less fresh produce and meat available to the urban population, all while that urban population has skyrocketed. What we need is a revolution in how we see agriculture. Too many farmers and producers are stuck in their generations-old traditions of farming that due to the growth and modernization of society, are very out-dated.
It's time for everyone; the backyard gardener, the next generation of farmers and agricultural specialists, those just starting out in their field, or , like myself, those that are studying ag in college, to start thinking about alternative means to producing the food for our world. Numbered are the days of land conflicts, large fields that are turned by a plow and planted with huge mono-cultures of grains, greens, and vegetables. Here are the days of collaborative management, integrated production (where animals and crops are produced simultaneously), and hydroponics (no, not the kind that you'd find in an attic...).
Just something to think about. Please stay tuned for more on my projects including aquaponics, my A-Frame greenhouse in my backyard, vermiculture, composting, green manures, animal husbandry, backyard bee keeping, and much more. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or a backyard enthusiast, I guarantee you'll enjoy.