This wonderful documentary examines how a well established farm that has survived several generations must go back in time to restore and enhance some of the more traditional methods of farming in order to survive the demands of the future.
What I found most striking was the comparison in past pictures of the field’s vast biology to recent times as a result of years of plowing up the soil.
It has now been 10 days since closing on our land and coincidentally it has also been 10 days since we last stepped foot on it. I find it very difficult each and every day to keep my mind from wandering and thinking about the “farm that is to come.” For the past several years my mind would wander occasionally wondering what sort of land we might be able to find. Now that we have land, all I want to do is be there “on the ground.”
They say patience is a virtue, but it seems that even virtues can be put to the test 🙂 We have plans to visit our little piece of Texas again very soon though so we look forward to that day on the calendar.
In the mean time, I have spent a considerable amount of time reading about at watching videos of the Permaculture movement. To be honest, until about a month ago I had never heard of this method of farming/homesteading, but it is becoming much more attractive to me with each passing day.
I cringed each time I sat down with a spreadsheet wondering how I was going to afford all that farming equipment needed for tilling, plowing, mowing and haying. The Permaculture principles bring affordability and productivity together in a much more appealing model to me. Specifically the idea of zoning one’s land to manage it in a more sustainable manner and with much fewer man hours. If you aren’t familiar with this method, here is a great video that discusses the design principles of Permaculture Zoning: