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Wild Meadows FarmVeganic Permaculture in Action PASA Conference 2012
Mission StatementWild Meadows Farm engages strategies that promote and accelerate the transition to a sustainable human culture. We grow and sell farm products using biointensive and permaculture techniques, offer ecological design and implementation services, and organize experiential learning events. Through partnering with like-minded organizations and individuals we magnify our impact and co-create strong networks of resilient communities. Our core values of mutual aid and cooperation guide our decisions and actions.
What isNot Veganic?• Synthetic fertilizers• Synthetic pesticides• Slaughter house by-products or manure• Animal exploitation• GMO’s
Veganic Works With Nature to Mimic Natural Plant Eco-Systems: Reduced tillage – keeping soil covered, Increased plant diversity, Regular addition of plant residues. Slide courtesy of Helen Attowe
Why Veganic?• Empathy for animals• Food Safety• Sustainability
Food Safety: Organic Loophole• “Chicken manure introduces huge quantities of arsenic to agricultural fields.”Donald L. Sparks, Professor ofMarine Studies at the University of Delaware. CHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING NEWS APRIL 9, 2007 VOLUME 85, NUMBER 15 PP. 34-35• “One of my students found inorganic arsenic in pelletized chicken waste that is sold as a garden fertilizer, and in this way people could get exposed to the arsenic through dust—[it’s] probably not such a good idea to use chicken waste in that way,”Ellen Silbergeld, School of Public Health Johns Hopkins University.Quoted in EVISA NEWS: “More evidence linking chicken litter and toxic arsenic” 11.01.2007 – Source:http://www.veganicallygrown.com/#!__get-the-facts
Food Safety• “Some manures may contain contaminants such as residual hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, disease organisms, and other undesirable substances…”Manures for Organic Crop Production March 2003 p. 2, George Kuepper, NCAT Agricultural Specialist ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service• “Even‘organic’ fish emulsion fertilizers may be problematic. They may contain mercury. When Wisconsin tested 29 fertilizers, only two failed interim safety standards. One of them was a fish emulsion fertilizer that exceeded the limit for mercury...”• A field and greenhouse study released in 2002 by ShiouKuo and other Washington State University soil scientists notes, “The transfer of (cadmium, lead, arsenic) or other heavy metals from soils to crops presents a risk to crop productivity and quality. Consumption of metal contaminated edible parts of the crops is a risk to public health.” Duff Wilson, The Scoop on Organic Fertilizer Pccnaturalmarkets.com
Sustainability• Elimination of native apex predators leads to livestock explosions and biodiversity loss.• 60% of ice-free land surface area is devoted to livestock grazing and growing crops for livestock.• Increasing meat consumption directly linked to increases in resource use and greenhouse gases.
Farm Business Three Interconnected Enterprises:• Farm products• Educational Events• Ecological Design and Implementation
Experiential Learning Workshops• Re-skilling Workshops• Permaculture Design Course• Forest Garden Design Intensive• Community Herbalism Certificate• Monthly Potlucks• Film Screening in the Barn• Internships and Short Term Farm Stays