DEAR NEW FARM:
I read the article "Small is beautiful" and hoped
the link would send me to more information. However, I was
greatly disappointed that the two main links only wanted to
make money and not share information. I'm sure there are other
sites out there willing to share their expertise and findings
to help other gardeners accomplish the same outcomes.
You don't say how much data or understanding you want, but
you may need to invest both time and money in some way to
acquire it if it is a meaningful amount.
The SPIN folks are drawing heavily from John Jeavons' work
in what is now called Grow Biointensive® (www.growbiointensive.org).
I've attended a training where the paradigm and the practical
details are clearly presented. You can buy the book ($20)
or attend a training ($350 - $400 per person plus approximately
$75 for publications depending on the workshop and on the
time of registration. Lodging is not included.)
Jeavons, who has been at this for a long time, has established
a nonprofit organization that promotes this way of farming
globally with some remarkable results. Folks work with him
on a shoestring, and go home to raise food where people are
starving and food is really valued. Click
here to ead about it.
The Ecology Action website will give you the general outline
for the Grow Biointensive approach, but you may be disappointed
again. A natural farming system that really works is complex,
multi-faceted, locally applied, artful and beyond simple summary—even
though the concepts are easily distilled. People who have
worked years to gets their heads around a system of applications
that work then have to work at how to articulate what they've
learned in person (trainings) or in print (books, etc.). And
somehow they have to eat while writing and training, all the
time not farming commercially to raise cash.
We journalists at this website face somewhat of the same
dilemma in our hopes to change the world of agriculture—sharing
information that is meaningful is costly to acquire, to produce
and to distribute. The Rodale Institute offers trainings from
time to time as we can find funding to cover the additional
associated costs of actually delivering in person what we
have worked to acquire and organize. Sometimes we charge the
students, as well.
The SPIN folks seem to be well-focused with well-packaged
information, but are just starting. Making information available
for free brings more questions from thoughtful people. Often,
groups find they have to contain their communications within
a publication or within workshops for pay, just to afford
to keep going.
Best wishes in your quest to learn from those who know,
and are willing to share, as you can invest in the experience.
us with comments, suggestions and questions.