Resilient - to be able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions, to cope with change…
A resilient farm is an economically profitable agricultural system intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
This is where organic food is grown in an environment conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources while utilizing waste-to- resource systems.
What does our resilient farm look like?
It may vary from farm to farm and depends on the size of the property, available natural resources and climate. The main goal is to have an abundance of organically grown, non-GMO food at no cost for its residents. Listed below are the basic components of our resilient plan B farm model.
1. Organic livestock farming is a multi benefiting system. It helps the farm economically, provides consistent supplies of pastured eggs, grass-fed meats and dairy products throughout the year. Sustainable grazing and pasture management improves the soil and keeps the land productive.
2. Aquaponics is the combination of growing fish and plants together in one mutually beneficial system. When the fish are fed with organic feed, their waste provides a natural food source for the growing plants. In return, the plants purify the water the fish live in. The modern aquaponics method is a green and efficient way to produce high-quality organic food. Our aquaponics systems are built in an environment controlled off-grid greenhouses that provide fresh produce and fish in all seasons.
3. Vermiculture is a vital component in building a resilient farm. It’s an ideal example of waste-to- resource management. Worms are used to decompose organic food and yard waste turning it into a nutrient rich material. Their castings are a great soil fertilizer for the garden and orchard. Worms multiply fast enough to be used as fish food in aquaponics.
4. Duckweed farming is another great addition. Duckweed is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. It is an ideal high protein feed for fish in aquaponics and may also be fed to chickens and livestock. Worm castings are used to create fertilized water in which duckweed grows extremely fast.
5. Back to Eden Garden is a simple, natural and organic gardening method developed and explained by Paul Gautschi. In nature, plants thrive with no irrigation, no plowing or tilling, no weeding and no chemical fertilizers. This is a sustainable permaculture method that takes the hard work out of gardening while boosting the harvest. The garden provides the community residents with an abundance of seasonal veggies, herbs and berries.
6. Resilient orchard must be properly planned and planted. According to Pieter Hoff, an award-winning inventor, 95% of all trees planted by people have been planted wrong. When done correctly using his method, trees, bushes and vines do not need common irrigation systems. In nature, roots are able to penetrate deep into the soil and sustain itself during drought period. A properly established orchard will provide a variety of cherries, apples, pears, plums, peaches, pomegranates, avocados, citrus fruits and nuts for years to come.
7. Bees are extremely important to complete the ecosystem. Pollination by honey bees is vital for genetic sustainability. Raw organic honey, pollen, wax and propolis have many nutritional and medical applications. Without bees, the resilient farm would not be complete.