When it comes to agriculture in the United States, there is a need for more equality across the board. From thousand-acre row crops to organic
Shane Joyce knows his soils very well and so is able to tune into it very quickly. Whilst he does keep records and uses traditional soil tests, he finds that these simply verify what he already knows.
Listen as Shane Joyce recalls his innovative management when he returned to his family farm, Dukes Plain. When Shane returned the farm had been managed conventionally and was now showing the signs of degraded and depleted soils.
Kirsten and David Jones grow garlic and recently shared their operation at the Mardan-Mirboo Landcare Sustainable Farm Day. This is a warts and all presentation! Kirsten Jones started the highly successful…
In 2015, there were 69 deaths on farms. What would you think would be … I’m going to look at the top five, the headline acts for this sort of thing. What do you think would be the main things that are causing farm deaths?
So grow what you love, and do it in the way you love. There’s many techniques, there’s so many techniques of growing things. I don’t know, a lot of people get caught up on I want to go biodynamics, I want to go permaculture…
It’s a total myth that free trade will solve hunger. The world already produces enough food for the expected population in 2050. We’re already producing food enough…
I spend a bit of time in the book talking about technology and research, and the paradigms of research. These days, most agricultural research is funded not by governments.
The government keeps saying to farmers, increase your inputs in order to stay viable, and yet it’s all those inputs that are part of the problem. The answer for a lot of farmers is reduce their inputs as much as they can.
There’s a rapidly growing movement I think of farmers who are becoming more interested in changing their methods, because the old methods cost a lot, and they basically don’t work anymore, for a lot of people.
I don’t know if anyone has heard of Bruce Pascoe, he also lives in East Gippsland where Alan’s from. He wrote a very important book that was published a couple of years ago, Dark Emu. Has anyone heard about this?