I'm never sure what to write for this section, and this is the first update in 3 years on this page... It's a bit random for now, but that's the nature of the farm right now. Basically, since I'm trying to produce food to prepare in the way our ancestors did, I'm feeling the need to try to grow it in their manner. I have the advantage of a few hundred years additional knowledge plus globalization, but what I've discovered is that I have to go back about 400 years in Western culture - before the industrial revolution hit farming - in order to find the methods and skills I'm looking for. The work of Stuart Peachy in England and the Green Valley project he's been a part of are tremendously inspiring. To combine those older methods and skills with the knowledge and goals of modern permaculture in a way that pleases and honors the Creator is my current project.
Not certified organic, because of the following reasons:
- the term is owned by the USDA, even though they didn't invent it
- it costs money to be certified, which means we all end up paying more for our food
- organic doesn't fully encompass how I farm and I don't wish to be lumped in with the mega farms which are "certified"
I use a small, 13HP 2-wheeled tractor for all gardening work which can't be reasonably done by hand by one man