Sustainable Farming in a Nutshell
Sustainable farming is a concept that is being encouraged by farmers. Having one means that a farm can be maintained in different aspects — economic, social, and environmental. By having a sustainable farm, it is guaranteed that the farm is being managed properly.
Sustainability means that a system is able to meet all the needs of the environment and all the creatures that are in it. By observing this practice, the quality of life of the farmers can be improved. Once done right, it can also benefit society as a whole.
Here at Castor River Farm, we also practice sustainable farming so that we can maintain our farm in the long run. So, if you may be wondering what sustainable farming may include, then here are some of those.
Rotation of crops
Most crops are not capable of being grown all-year-round. With that, it is actually best for farmers to rotate their farming schedule according to what season it is. So, after a certain crop has been harvested in its season, it may be best to plant another crop that will grow nicely in the next season.
Meanwhile, some farmers make use of intercropping to diversify their farming. This is done by planting different types of crops in the same area. More often than not, those who do this tend to plant two different crops in alternate rows.
Integration of livestock and poultry
In order to make farming more sustainable, some farmers tend to take care of livestock and poultry. By doing so, farming becomes sustainable since it makes crop production and animal care a cycle that is beneficial to one another.
This works in such a way that the crops are being fed to the animals. In return, the wastes that come from these animals are used as an organic fertilizer for the crops. Then, the cycle works over and over again. By doing this, we are also capable of minimizing the use of chemical pesticides.
Practice of pest management
It is also important to make sure that the crops are in their best condition. With that, we make sure that our crops are not being infested with unwanted pests. As much as possible, we aim to minimize the pest population with the help of some mechanical and biological methods.
Benefits of sustainable farming
The practice of sustainable farming brings a lot of amazing benefits. Here are some of them.
- It reduces production costs since its practice can help you make use of what you already have.
- It promotes soil biodiversity as it lessens your use of chemicals. By doing so, you will notice that you are also able to improve your crop yield.
- It is eco friendly as it promotes the reduction of chemical usage. That way, you are able to sustain your farm without causing any harm to the environment.