There is much talk today about environmental farming and sustainability farming. But what exactly does that mean? Wikipedia defines it as:

Sustainable agriculture is the practice of farming using principles of ecology, the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. It has been defined as “an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will last over the long term:

  • Satisfy human food and fiber needs
  • Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends
  • Make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls
  • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations
  • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole

So, what does that mean? Well, basically, it means farming in an ecologically safe manner (through the use of none, or safe pesticides or herbicides) and growing items local to that region, with an emphasis on fairness to the farmers and crops.

Still confused? I can see why! I hope my blog brings you some information on sustainability farming, the methods used, and best practices. Whether you are a commercial farmer looking for ways to ‘go green’, or have a small vegetable patch in your backyard, there are simple things you can do to encourage local, sustainable, food.