[permaculture] Zero farming, anyone?
diebrand at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 29 17:56:25 EDT 2008
I'm not from India, but I'm interested in Natural Farming or Zero Farming, as you call it. I think the term Zero Input Farming, more descriptive, may be easier to understand. I do practice this on the garden scale and run trials on a small scale farming scale. However, due to climatic conditions it has been difficult to implement on the farming scale. I haven't had any external input, fertilizers etc. for over 5 years. I still do make some compost from plant residues, but mostly I use mulching and in-place composting. I'm not aware of any commercial farm practicing Natural Farming. Yield is likely to be a problem, especially if the soil has been much degraded by conventional farming. It takes years to improve a degraded soil to the point where it is possible to grow food "naturally" with a reasonable yield.
I would be very much interested about what is happening in this respect in India.
--- On Sun, 6/29/08, Suraj Kumar <suraj at sunson.in> wrote:
From: Suraj Kumar <suraj at sunson.in>
Subject: [permaculture] Zero farming, anyone?
To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Sunday, June 29, 2008, 7:24 PM
I'm relatively new to permaculture and I'm pretty new to this list as
well (joined about a week ago). Infact, I haven't even been able to
read in depth about permaculture except through wikipedia and such
online resources. I've just placed an order for Holmgren's
Permaculture book from Amazon. Besides that, I can only say I'm fairly
worried about the future given the multitude of crises humanity as a
whole is facing on this planet (warming, energy crisis, resource
depletion, etc.,.). I'm from India and permaculture seems to be a
thing of the 'past'. Yes, of the past. I can find news items on the
web about permaculture-related stuff from the past but I see none at
present. Nor do I know of anyone who is interested / practising
So, the purpose of this mail is to see if there is anyone from India
out here talking / doing permaculture.
Secondly, I recently read about a practice called 'Zero farming'
which, given the lack of information about what it exactly is about,
makes me think its very similar to Permaculture. Maybe not 'as
inspired by nature' as Permaculture, but quite close in practice.
Here's an article I found related to this:
I'm planning to buy some farmland (2 or 3 acres) down south in India
(Tamil Nadu) and keep buying additional land as I save up more money.
To begin with, I plan to stay employed the way I am employed because I
need a regular salary and have the land taken care of using a friend's
friend who has been a farmer for generations. The idea is to gradually
become less dependent on my salary and be able to smoothly transition
to doing agriculture (permaculture :) ) on this land. So, short term:
I'm trying to devise ways to reduce my time spent in my current job
and gradually start visiting this land and thereby understand
agriculture. Given I'm going to buy land, is there any specific /
general piece of advise that pops up in your head? If there is anybody
out here from India (I'm in Bangalore) who would like to experiment
permaculture on a small portion of my land, I'd definitely welcome you
to join me in the experiments :)
I'm hoping to learn from the collective knowledge of this community :)
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