How to Sustainably Manage Agriculture?
Agriculture will always be here no matter what era it is and no matter the technological advancements. But the question will be about if we can apply sustainable practices in our individual farms. Farmers always need to increase yield, reduce input, and get more harvests without worrying about later consequences of some farming practices.
The best way to sustainably manage agriculture is to use the bio-organics system. It imitates nature because organisms do all the work and lets nature run its course. It is the application of knowledge from soil microbiology, permaculture, old-fashioned farming techniques, and lots of experience from the bio-vital system.
The result of using the bio-organics system to agriculture is lowering input while increasing profits. Farmers are also able to grow food for local communities at lower costs. How is that possible? The key here is in the soil. It is the one responsible for lowering the input cost.
We will discuss how the bio-organics system works. First, we will talk about the 3 elements of the bio-organics system.
The first element is the bio-vital compost. It has all the benefits of any other compost. The main difference is that it has a massive variety of species of living organisms (tens of thousands). Those organisms will help in making the soil more fertile.
The second element is the plant-soil probiotic. We have a solution and we will grow the hundreds of thousands of organisms into millions. We apply the liquid solution to productive crops. The process will involve microbially restructuring the soil. This is to build soil fertility and accelerate the humus-forming process.
The third and final element is the use of bio-fertilizers and other associated products. We can prepare these including the Phosical (rich in phosphate, silica, and calcium).
Those are also important to complete the bio-organics system.
Under cool conditions (around 10 degrees Celsius), the living organisms from the bio-vital compost and plant-soil probiotic will warm the soils. They will also deliver foods to winter-active pastures. The purpose of the bio-fertilizers is that they will feed both the plants and the organisms. When organisms are being fed, the nutrients are being held in the soil. Those organisms are responsible for the soil food web and nutrient cycling. The whole process involves converting non-plant available nutrients into available ones.
The result is a very balanced natural system. The combination of all the processes above leads to lower input costs. The reason is we improve the soil fertility as we increase production. When we build soil fertility as the natural capital, we gain more from the process. It promotes sustainability while we are enjoying higher profits and lower input costs.
We have learned the 3 elements of the bio-organics system and how they work individually. We have also learned that it will help lower the input costs while increasing production. Aside from those, we are also achieving sustainability. As we increase the production, we also build our natural capital which is soil fertility. It becomes a cycle that helps us get more benefits from the system.
For a brief introduction, please watch Pauls’ Video below.
This year we are holding this course at The Permaculture Research Insitute’s Zaytuna Farm from the 8th – 12th of August, 2016. You will leave the farm with the tools to be more productive in your backyard, in a greenhouse, on the farm, or in the city. This course will give you a firm foundation for building soil fertility, achieving food security and food sovereignty with the knowledge to grow affordable food, almost anywhere.
We take the mystery out of the complex sciences of specialist composting, soil microbiology and plant nutrition and we teach you how to manage and apply solutions in easy to understand, easy to apply forms.
Who should Attend:
- Anyone interested in building soil fertility and recovering degraded soils.
- Gardners and horticulturalists interested in reducing labor and increasing production.
- Farmers and farm managers.
- Land reclamation and reforestation groups.
- Soil consultants, composting consultants and agronomists.
- Permaculturalists and permaculture consultants.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Paul Taylor has owned and operated more than a dozen organic properties and is a 3rd generation organic food farmer and horticulturist, he is the managing director of Trust Nature Pty Ltd and the Co-founder of Hidden Garden Sustainable Farms. He has developed the Bio-Vital System of biological soil management as a practical easy to understand, easy to apply soils recovery and food production system.
Paul is an energetic and engaging teacher with a gift to give you the practical skill and knowledge for growing organic food profitably almost anywhere. His teaching and consulting have taken him from India to Outer Mongolia, from the USA to Australia, from greenhouses in Saudi Arabia to the wilderness of New Zealand.
His courses are dynamic, fun, hands-on and full of knowledge, where you learn management skills and principles that apply to the backyard garden as well as the broad acre farm.
Paul is an approved Australian Federal Government educator under the FarmReady Program, holds a Certificate IV in training and assessment. He is a Permaculture Consultant with the Permaculture Research Institute and has worked as an educator, trainer, biological soil consultant for nearly 20 years.
For more Information or to book, please visit: Permaculture Soils Course with Paul Taylor from August 8th to August 12th, 2016.
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