Till now, it was about increasing the productivity and efficiency. But the main question was – how do i make it sustainable?
Sustainable – ecologically
Sustainable – financially
So let us discuss ecological sustainability in this post. The first one begins with soil. In order to farming being sustainable we need to opt for organic farming.
However buying organic compost/manure, preparing vermi-compost, was not a very viable option for the kind of scale we were planning. So how do we do it?
There was only one answer – Cows. A single cow on an average gives 10kg of dung everyday. That is 300-350 kg per month.
Cow-dung is an excellent manure and cow-urine an very potent insecticide. All in all we decided that we will have cows at the farm.
All the posts in the featured series talk particularly about Indian Agriculture Scenario.
We all dream about an ideal farm.. Ideal way of doing agriculture.. and then we just shun the thought thinking its just a dream.. Well.. I just decided to give it more thought and pursue it through..
An ideal farm is a farm that at first addresses all the drawbacks/concerns of current farms/system and secondly, adds value to the whole system, thereby making it an all together new system.
So when I wanted to conceptualize my new farm there were four major concerns that I wanted to address. The Photos to your left talk about the concerns and the photos to the right talk about the solutions. Click on the images for description:
- Fragmented Land Holdings
Fragmented Land Holdings
Huge Land in one stretch
2. Labor oriented
Depends hugely on Human and Animal Labour
3. Infertile soil due to Excessive/prolonged use of chemical Fertilizers.
4. Inadequate/Poor marketing of the produce.
Farmers fetch very poor price for their produce
Farmer-Consumer Direct Channel
Yes, you got it right. So we are talking about a fully mechanized farm which is huge in size (runs right till the horizon.. or at least I imagine it that way) carrying on organic/natural farming and supplying organic produce directly to consumers!
More about it in next post!
Happy Gardening! Happy Farming!