The Farm as Ecosystem: Tapping Nature's Reservoir ─ Biology, Geology, Diversity

The Farm as Ecosystem: Tapping Nature's Reservoir ─ Biology, Geology, Diversity

Language: English

Pages: 493


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Nature is complex, elegant, and infinite in its wisdom. Farmers who are truly successful learn nature's many facets and her intricate dance; they crack the code of how to honor and feed this boundless natural system while coaxing the production needed for the survival of a modern farm. Natural product formulator and farm consultant Jerry Brunetti wraps together a lifetime of learning and his uncanny observations in this fascinating volume on the interconnected dynamics in place on a farm -- the farm's geology, biology, and diversity of life forms. Learn to look at -- and manage -- your farm very differently through gaining a deeper understanding of the complementary roles of all facets of your farm. With his unique perspective the author takes readers on a journey through a farming ecosystem describing it with principles, stories, facts and science . . . and dotted throughout with real-world advice. This is a book which will be enjoyable to browse while rich enough to want to have a highlighter in hand.

Topics covered include:

• The physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil

• Understanding compost and compost tea

• Working with foliar nutrition

• The roles of trace elements in farming

• Water and your farm

• Cover cropping systems . . . and more.




















sinks. According to the USDA, a one-foot-by-three-foot block of soil, six inches thick, having an organic matter content of 4–5 percent and weighing 100 pounds, can hold 165–195 pounds of water. This soil could thus absorb a four-to-six-inch rain in one hour. Prairie studies have shown that for every ton of forage shoots produced, those prairie plants produce three tons of roots. If that same block of soil approximates 1.5–2.5 percent organic matter, typical of most of our millions of acres of

size of Massachusetts in the Gulf of Mexico; a “fast food nation,” as investigative journalist and author Eric Schlosser calls it, contributing to runaway diabetes and obesity; a cancer rate now at 41 percent in the United States alone;* and the annihilation of innumerable species due to the elimination of our precious grasslands and hedgerows. Farmer was pitted against farmer under the myth that “inefficient” farmers were not entitled to contribute to the “problem” of farm surpluses. Under the

acid oxidase, increase stem elongation, increase phosphate activity (more uptake of phosphate), increase root formation, increase resistance to wilting in low humidity, enhance chlorophyll synthesis, enhance seed germination, and much more. Many of these references can be found in the chapter “Humic Hope” of the textbook Organic Soil Conditioning by William Jackson, PhD. Fulvic acids are the low molecular-weight fraction of humic substances and appear to act in a hormone-like way to increase the

horizontally back and forth between the two cups as it drops down a cascading stairway. The design’s purpose is to create an “organ” that is defined by Rudolf Steiner’s description/definition in his August 17, 1916, lecture. Every living organism, he said, receives substances that are accepted and digested. The organism responds with certain secretive processes, is nourished, grows, and eventually reproduces itself. 196 Peter Bacchus, Biodynamic Pasture Management (Austin, TX: Acres U.S.A.,

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