An edible landscaping approach looks for ways to incorporate edible species throughout the landscape in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing, functionally effective and that takes advantage of the different growing conditions and microclimates throughout a yard according to the needs and preferences of plant species themselves.
All too often when farmers start talking weeds, a common first question is “How do I get rid of a bad case of…?”, when a more appropriate question is “I wonder why my field has a bad case of…?”.
The Robbins–Wiebe farm is one example of how livestock can form an integral part of a Saskatchewan farm. Integrating livestock with field crops, they have improved the quality of their land, soil, crops, and livestock.
After 35 years of trials and errors in ‘designing’ his own farm, Ken Taylor offers words of encouragement for those wanting to change to the more sustainable practices encompassed in permaculture farming.
George describes how he feeds the soil in order to produce the most nutritious vegetables, with low-energy usage, in an ecological and environmentally valid manner.
Wireworms are a destructive beetle, particularly for crops such as grains in the spring and autumn. The OACC, is examining the potential for non-chemical strategies, such as the use of crop rotation to reduce wireworm populations in infested fields.
When deciding between native and non-native plants, we should be asking “Will this choice of alien species best support the environment?”
Livestock have been crucial for soil building and the success of Funny Duck Farms, a mixed livestock and CSA operation located in Ontario.