[Market-farming] Tillage is tillage

Tradingpost tradingpost at lobo.net
Wed Feb 7 00:27:44 EST 2007


By "yearly basis" I simply mean the total production in a year, as opposed
to just raising yield on a single crop in a year. The difference is single
cropping is inefficient use of limited land, and methods of intercropping
or succession cropping can produce more per year. How this can work in
different regions could be very helpful to know. 

paul tradingpost at lobo.net

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On 2/6/2007 at 11:19 PM David Inglis wrote:

>Mr. Tradingpost said:
>> No amount of green philosophy is going
>> to make people work 40 hours a week on an outside job to pay bills, and
>> then work another 40 in the garden just because they believe in it.
>
>... and no amount of 40 or 80 hour work weeks on the farm without a 'green
>philosophy' will sustain the 'bottom line' of a farm enterprise beyond the
>first few decades, or even years.
>I learned my farming on a place that had been worked continually for over
a
>thousand years. This was not achieved by focusing exclusively on annual
net
>margins or the like though they knew exactly what they were.  
>
>You have asked "I want
>> to know all the ways people cut inputs and costs and raise production on
>a
>> yearly basis -"
>To which I have replied: husband the soil. Well, this is my experience and
>I
>could elaborate endlessly on it, but just because it is not the answer you
>were looking for does not mean it is not a thoughtful and sincere response
>to your perfectly valid question. It is true that it is an approach that
is
>not Annual which is what you were requesting but neither is Agriculture.
>There is no annual fix for problems that are perennial. 
>I, like anyone else who has been doing this for a while, have endless
>'techniques' for making a success of any one season but I learned a long
>time ago that putting a bigger pump on the irrigation line will only drain
>the pond quicker unless I find a way to get more water to flow into the
>pond; and that comes first.
>David
>Mahaiwe Harvest CSA
>Massachusetts
>
>
>
>
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