A Farm for the Future

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Re: A Farm for the Future

Post: # 147060Post dave45
Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:35 pm

contadino wrote: 1. A change of huge monocultural farms into much smaller, mixed farms. Every farm should keep livestock, have a market garden, and grow cereals because they all interact into an integrated, low energy farming model.

Sounds just like a book I read about 30-odd years ago by John Seymour... what was it called now?

mmm... "The Complete Book of Self Sufficiency"

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Re: A Farm for the Future

Post: # 147104Post contadino
Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:08 am

dave45 wrote:
contadino wrote: 1. A change of huge monocultural farms into much smaller, mixed farms. Every farm should keep livestock, have a market garden, and grow cereals because they all interact into an integrated, low energy farming model.

Sounds just like a book I read about 30-odd years ago by John Seymour... what was it called now?

mmm... "The Complete Book of Self Sufficiency"

:-)
..except that a nation of self-sufficient farms wouldn't feed itself, just those farmers (albeit many more of them.) I'm not suggesting breaking farms into, say, 10 acre holdings, rather 50 or 60 acres, which can be productive. The key in my mind is that they're run as integrated systems (i.e. cow poo into methane digesters and the residue back onto the fields, etc..)

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Re: A Farm for the Future

Post: # 148505Post transitionallotments
Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:09 am

This programme can now be viewed on Google video http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... the+future

I presume this is available outside uk?

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Re: A Farm for the Future

Post: # 148508Post John Headstrong
Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:55 am

nice one transitionallotments!



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Re: A Farm for the Future

Post: # 148518Post SigridStallard
Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:06 am

This is quite good. How could I access this film to post a link on my journal?

Thank you for posting it.

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Re: A Farm for the Future

Post: # 148539Post theabsinthefairy
Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:44 pm

Thank you for posting the link to this film, which I have just watched (can't get iplayer not having a UK ISP).

One of the most interesting things I have seen for a while, very thought provoking.

Taking my nag for a walk to inspect the woodland now - need to have a clear headed think.
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Re: A Farm for the Future

Post: # 148541Post Millymollymandy
Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:50 pm

Good, that'll save me on postage to Australia! :lol:
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Re: A Farm for the Future

Post: # 149259Post Brod
Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:11 am

The program is being repeated April 4th BBC2 at 5.20 pm, set your videos.
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Re: A Farm for the Future

Post: # 149497Post Purdy Bear
Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:56 pm

Iv just seen it and put it on the TV thread, sorry Im very new here.

I thought it was pretty good, but then Im no gardener or farmer. I loved the woodland bit.

As all plants, in my opinion, come from a natural setting in the wild, I would say you just have to redo those conditions. I guess its going back to what is natural in the UK.

They said it was probably going to be like WW2 were most of the crop came from front or back gardens.

I guess we will know when we run out of fossil fuels. I for one want to be well prepped by then.

I might be a bit biased as I come from a family of game keepers and general peasantry, when the estates farmers were the boses.

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