What is organic farming?
Organic farming is the practice of growing crops without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. It relies mainly on crop rotation, organic fertilizers and plant-based pesticides and herbicides to maintain soil productivity and tilth.
Why organic farming is important?
There is more and more evidence that chemical-based fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are extremely harmful to our health. However, the strongest argument in favor of organic farming remains the environmental benefit. In a world facing a global climate crisis, it has become imperative that we do as much as possible to reduce the negative effects of global warming. Harmful emissions are released into our atmosphere during the manufacturing of these chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that have been linked to global warming. Conventional agriculture relies heavily on these chemicals which further harm our eco-system when they enter our soil and seep into water supplies.
What is regenerative agriculture?
Regenerative agriculture is a step beyond organic. It is a holistic program that utilizes crop rotation, a planting calendar using the cycles of the moon, the sun and the seasons to determine the best time to plant each crop, and specially prepared homeopathic compounds which are added to water and soil to increase the vitality of the land, the water and the crops themselves.
Using regenerative agriculture restores balance and increases the health of the eco systems where the method is used. While it also prohibits the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, it adds elements which help to heal damage to the eco-system which has been caused by any prior use of these toxic substances.
What is sustainable agriculture?
Farming that provides a secure living for farm families, maintains the natural environment and resources, supports the rural community and offers respect and fair treatment to all involved.
Ethical wild crafting is the practice of harvesting plants from the wild in a sustainable manner, without depleting the population or damaging the habitat of the plants that are being harvested.
Why is ethical wild crafting important?
The population of many plants that grow in the wild is declining due to over-harvesting and loss of habitat. It is important to harvest plants in a way that ensures that they will continue to grow back each year, thus maintaining the delicate balance of their eco-system and ensuring the continued supply of these natural resources.
Beekeeping (or apiculture) is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in man-made hives, by humans. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect their honey and other products that the hive produces (including beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary or “bee yard”.