Not all backyard garden farms are created equal
The biointensive style of gardening is a breed apart from standard practices. In 1966 Alan Chadwick, an English master horticulturist, synthesized the theory of biodynamics by Rudolph Steiner with the French intensive system. John Jeavons of Ecology Action in Stanford, California adopted Chadwick's biointensive theory while subjecting it to careful observation, testing, and modification. Crop harvest, using Jeavons method, produces up to six times the average US yield.
Incredibly, the biointensive approach uses 99 percent less energy and one-third the water than conventional farming. Jeavons estimates that it would be possible for an average gardener to generate $10,000 per year from produce grown on a 1/10 acre plot. All without toxic chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
The secret to the tremendous crop yield of biointensive gardening stems from the soil preparation and plant placement. By digging the soil twice and incorporating rich compost, the earth becomes loose and nutrient dense which supports healthy plants along with deep root growth. This allows plants to thrive when grown tightly together. More compact spacing ensures the soil remains moist while hindering undesirable weeds. Companion planting is also an important element where plants help each other, such as placing beetle repelling tomatoes alongside cabbage.
By intelligently growing food locally with an innovative spirit, the bond to industrial farming is broken, money is saved, and an opportunity is at hand to generate extra income during an unstable economy.
According to Trends Journal:
"Part of the growth of microfarms is rooted in new, intensive growing technique that enable ordinary backyard gardeners to produce huge yields from small plots -- not only feeding families, but also producing a second income while shaking off government controls and the agribusiness conglomerates that have dominated the food industry."
With rising fuel prices, an additional 15 percent can be added to food cost due to shipping expenses. Consider a typical tomato in the US travels over 1,000 miles from farm to table. When consumers purchase fruit from Chile or lettuce from California while living in New York, not only are they paying more to cover transportation costs, but a shackle is created to politically and environmentally burdensome petroleum.
The time is ripe to take charge of our freedom. Become a steward of financial, environmental, and physical health by planting a revolutionary backyard micro eco-farm.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036180_micro_farming_revolution_backyard_gardens.html#ixzz2YqL20439
Sources for this article include:
"Fortune in Food," Trends Journal, Volume 19, No. 25 (2011). pp.29-30