Manage Ecological Relationships

 

Reestablish ecological relationships by attracting beneficial animals such as insects, birds, snakes and frogs.

Manage pests, diseases, and weeds by hand-weeding and fostering a diversity of species.

Use intercropping and cover cropping.

Enhance beneficial insects by planting flowers.

Recycle nutrients by composting all residues.

Minimize disturbance by using no-till methods and hand-watering.

 

Adjust to Local Environments

 

A seasonal calendar suited to the local environment is used. Varieties are chosen when suited to the climate. Greenhouse and cold frames are used when necessary (e.g. for some rare/medicinal  plants/eg.Curcuma,Zingiber or Turnips for early season).

 

Diversify

 

Biota is diversified by intercropping, crop rotations, and polycultures. Economics are diversified by  selling dried herbs, and offering classes on biointensive methods and phytotherapy and phytopharmacology.

 

Empower People

 

Principles of agroecology and biointensive methods are taught at the farm. Partnerships between the local community and the non-profit organization are encouraged.

 

Manage Whole Systems

 

Planning processes recognize the seasonal and climatalogical limitations of the landscape, and the needs of the farm and households in the community.

 

Maximize Long-Term Benefits

 

Long-term strategies are used when consulting a seasonal cropping calendar, and soil fertility is emphasized by planting certain crops specifically for composting.

 

Value Health

 

Human health is valued by farming organically, providing healthy foods to the family. Cultural health is valued by recognizing the needs of the family, and the history of the land. Environmental health and plant health are valued by using all of the above principles to enhance sustainability.