My philosophy in a word: Symbiosis.
I recognize that relationships exist in nature through mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism and using that knowledge I create as much as possible a symbiotic relationship within the standards of sustainable farming by using the Earth’s resources at a rate they can be replenished. I have adopted a few different sustainable methods for farming: Natural Process, Biodynamic, and Permaculture.
Natural Process: This method closely mimics nature utilizing composts, compost teas, rock dusts, and natural weed cover crops following nature’s example. As the farmer I am poised to help orchestrate and nudge nature to grow food for our health and health of the planet.
Biodynamic: Written by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Waldorf Schools, and presented through a series of lectures in 1926. Utilizing eight different preparations and following a strict planting schedule according to astrological signs, to heal the land. This method is not only sustainable, but the land gets better and better over time.
Permaculture: Short for Permanent Agriculture, I have learned and studied from the teachings of Bill Mollison and Sepp Holzer. Designing natural systems for long term production that feed and get healthier as they mature is the root of this methodology. Permaculture uses the natural lay of the land and incorporates different techniques to improve the land for sustainable production.
I believe that farming/gardening is 50% science and 50% art. Each garden is unique and has its own personality and responds based on how the grower treats it. Once we learn the basics on plant growth and the digestive process of the soil the rest is up to imagination.
Realizing that insects are symptoms of a failing crop and not the source of the problem, I like to figure out why the invader is present and fight hardship through nutrition and medicine foods. I believe that if you have a dollar to spend in your garden you should spend it in a positive way. I was taught, POSITIVE+POSITIVE=POSITIVE and by feeding a system under stress, even if we don’t save the plants, we will be adding fertility to the soil for the next generation.