Why do we have agriculture? What is Sustainable Agriculture?
An integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will over the long term :
a) Satisfy human food and fiber needs.
b) Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends.
c) Make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls.
d) Sustain the economic viability of farm operations.
e) Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.
-From Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1996
Certified organic production may be the best choice sometimes, and sometimes not. Sustainable agriculture is not just about organic or alternative practices. It is about meeting goals . Organic soy in the Red River Valley
SARE has info to help make use of practices that could help reach sustainability goals. Certified organic wheat, Stark Co.
SARE also has many grant programs to promote sustainable agriculture
Residue can be grown in place and sprayed or brought in as clean mulch
These gardens appear to use moisture efficiently, to build soil, to build fertility, to reduce labor, to reduce costs, to be productive, and maybe to be lots more fun! They could be sustainable for families and market growers