Friday
Dec032010

Rotational Grazing with Perennials Starts in 2010 at WSRF

Some footage from rotating the goats and sheep through black locust planted hedges, moving nutrients from the atmosphere into the soil and plant via black locust, then into animals, then into the soil.  A great strategy for raising animals and building soil on land that is in the early stages of being able to grow a good sword of grass, due to past abuses.

Wednesday
Sep012010

Rice: A New Vermont Crop Takes Form

The 2nd year of our rice research testing is coming to a spectacular close with full terraced hillside paddies of short grain brown rice. Sound like Java or the Phillipines or Japan?  Indeed, but this sloped-land technique for perpetual grain production on marginal land has proven possible for centuries in other cold climates.  Our site is testing this crop in what's likely the coldest place on Earth anyone is attempting rice.  But the climate is shifting and we haven't tried all possibilities besides.  So far the results are stunning:  4,000-5,000 lbs/acre on subsoil of grain that can be stored for years and used by anyone on the farm/homestead be it human or farm animal. 

Monday
Aug162010

Holy Harvest Time

Abundance abundance abundance.  Blessed soil, rain, sun.  What else can we do but give Thanks.

Friday
Aug062010

Climate Change Adaptable Rice Crop Takes Shape in Vermont

The Whole Systems Design Research Farm's rice test plots (paddies) continue to mature.  It's exciting to see a crop with potential game-changing possibilities for cold climate food systems emerging on this hillside farm restoration project. 

 

Friday
Aug062010

Drought in Russia: Dry Run for When it Happens Here

One of the world's few true breadbaskets burns during a hot summer.  The world's grain supplier has decided to keep it's harvests - down only 30% from last year's bumper crop - rather than sell abroad.  Imagine similar crop reductions in the U.S.  Or actual crop failure - this is NOT crop failure, just a drop of 1/3 from an unusually high output last year.  Resiliency in the global food system?  Not.