Smallholdings: the future for organic food production!

A quick look at the beginnings of the Organic Movement gives a clue to price differential. Back in the day, the 1960s and 1970s, the only two forms of organic production were a return to the High Farming of the 19th century or current conventional chemical agriculture with the chemicals removed.

Taking the latter system first, removing the chemicals did nothing to remove the conditions which led to the need for pesticides and herbicides. That being the case the weeds and insects still arrived on cue to decimate crops. Those that survived were, in a supply/demand situation, worth more to consumers.

The return to High Farming in the second half of the twentieth century was not a viable option given the difference on relative wages between the 18th and 20th centuries.¬†High Farming was a system of rotations across the landscape which integrated animals and plant crops. The manures from the animals were Continue reading “Smallholdings: the future for organic food production!”

Container Gardening To Start Feeding Your Family!

Hand picked basil.

A great first step into the world of self sufficiency is container gardening. The cost is relatively low, the returns amazing.

So where to begin?

Let’s start with the container. Small circular pots about 8cm (3 inch) in diameter are good. ¬†Plastic, ceramic, manufactured for purpose, fruit tins or found objects all work. Begin where you are and use what you have at hand. Potting soil can be picked up cheaply. Soil dug from garden will work but it will give you drainage problems most times but you might be lucky and have suitable soil. It’s all an experiment so have fun.

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