Returning To the Old Ways

A lot of people say “the good old days”, many agree that things used to be better. Some disagree strongly that the old ways were better. I think there is a truth to both. Technology has made things a lot easier in many ways but it has also complicated things in some ways. One thing is for sure, technology has increased pollution significantly. We also rely heavily on technology, it is important to know how to do things the old fashioned way on the farm in case you end up in a bind. So what are some things we should learn to do on our own on our farms?  What kind of steps can we take to farm responsibly and in a renewable fashion?

Have you looked into No-till farming? This is the way that it was once always done. The large agricultural machinery tills the soils a releases a huge amount of carbon. Large agricultural machinery also disturbs the dirt microorganisms regularly. Plants need carbon and thrive on it, that’s why it is important to keep it in the soil. Growing a cover crop year round will help nourish your soil but using their roots to send carbon down to the microorganisms in the soil. This makes carbon in the soil build up, that makes the soil more porous. All the organisms in the dirt have a way of working together very well if the soil is left undisturbed or is disturbed very little.

Minimal involvement using regenerative farming helps all of the microorganisms work together. When they are left undisturbed they get into sync. They are to all work together and things start to fall into place making farming much easier. Regenerative farming makes the necessity of fungicide, pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and other additives not nearly as necessary. Over time, they become less and less necessary surprisingly. Switching to No-Till Farming on a mass level, even only 11%, would significantly help offset the carbon dioxide emissions to learn more about No-Till farming read The Soil Will Save Us, by journalist and writer Kristin Ohlson.

Many farmers now go out every morning and hook their cows up to a machine that milks them rather than milking them by hand. Now imagine if you lost your power source and you have 15 cows that need milking? You better know how to milk a cow quickly and efficiently! You don’t want your cows to suffer and they sure won’t be milking themselves. So You definitely want to know how to milk a cow without relying on technology.

Something else that you should know how to do on the farm is how to process animals. Yes, it might sound a little bit gruesome but if you have a farm with food animals it is an important skill to know how to do. You can’t always rely on machinery to pluck a chicken.

Something fun that you can do on the farm yourself is to learn how to make butter and cheese! Butter is especially easy. Why get store bought butter when you already have the cream from your cow. Store bought butter has all sorts of additives and processes that aren’t even necessary. The less processed the better!

Something else that is important is to learn how to grow your own food. There are tricks, and ins and out on growing a personal garden. If you can, try practicing no water gardening. I know that sounds crazy but many plants do great with little to no water.

Knowing how to be self sustaining in a world that relies heavily on technology is definitely beneficial. If you are into homesteading then learn to do things the old fashioned way including cleaner farming! If you are looking for a property to homestead on then you give us a call!!!