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Author Topic: Modern Farming  (Read 619 times)

Chipmonk

  • Joined Jan 2021
Modern Farming
« on: January 24, 2024, 09:44:46 am »
Hi All
In the image this was a small drainage burn, until recently you could easily step over it. The new local 'organic' farmer over the last year has removed all the hedges - not really sure why other than to try to increase the size of his field. The consequence, of what I can only see as being greed, is that there are now no natural barriers to run off so having paid 1000s for the land he is now losing huge amounts of soil - estimated over 200m3 in the picture
This does not seem to support the basic principles of organic farming and seems to make a mockery out of so called modern organic farming, which as far as I know is also concerned with protecting and enhancing the environment.

Interested in any comments on this as it does not seem to be inline with the views of SOPA or the Soil Association, sure the farmer can do what he wants on his land but ....

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Modern Farming
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2024, 01:30:25 am »
It doesn't sound as if he's quite understood the principles of the Organic approach.
If he is truly 'Organic', then he will be inspected at regular intervals and his poor approach will soon be spotted.  You'll soon know if he is truly 'Organic' if his fields are left to wrack and ruin, or if he uses effective 'Organic' methods to maintain a healthy farm.



We had the opposite from one of our neighbours, who complained that a lot of water was draining from our land down onto his, so we 'had better clear our drains'.  Oh really? Being unable to alter the lie of our land, which is uphill of his so where would drains drain, we fenced off the offending corner and planted it up with Willow, Aspen and a mixed bag of native trees and shrubs to use up the water from a small spring in our field.  From our side it's worked perfectly as the trees have grown; from his side, well he's stopped moaning and his corner is no wetter than it has been for the past 30 years  :sunshine:
"Let's not talk about what we can do, but do what we can"

There is NO planet B - what are YOU doing to save our home?

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

 Love your soil - it's the lifeblood of your land.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Modern Farming
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2024, 09:48:39 am »
The photo is quite fuzzy, but it's possible that this land was originally sphagnum peat bog, before draining.  Sphagnum peat bog is an important and endangered environment which sequesters more carbon per acre than fast-growing woodland.  Environmental schemes pay farmers to re-wet areas which can be reinstated.
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Modern Farming
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2024, 01:32:22 pm »
I'm rich!!!!  ;D
"All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once." -Terry Pratchett

 

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