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Grow your own Teeny Tiny Farm by Amber O'Neill


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The Cream of the Crop Competition invites students in NSW secondary and tertiary education institutions to create a PowerPoint or a video which can be published on the web and win $500.
The competition ask the students to promote the importance of agriculture to their peers, to encourage a better understanding of agriculture as well as promote agricultural careers and rural life.

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Grow your own Teeny Tiny Farm by Amber O'Neill

  1. 1. Growing Your Own Just like me everyone can be a farmer in their own small way. Create you own Teeny Tiny Farm!
  2. 2. Hi, I am Amber and welcome to “Growyour Own”. Part two of my series will sharewith you my journey to grow food for my family. In this episode I am going to show how you can do it too!
  3. 3. What Makes a Teeny Tiny Farm? A Teeny Tiny Farm can consist of anything, from carrots to tomatoes, spinach to lemons. It may have a horse or a chicken, fruit or vegetable. My Teeny Tiny Farm consists of spinach, tomatoes, silverbeet, lemons, nectarines, cherries, melons, grapes, lettuces, potatoes, worms, chickens and strawberries. My Teeny Tiny Farm is teeny tiny, yet I make good use of the space and grow produce in different areas of my backyard.
  4. 4. Lettuce Parsley
  5. 5. Strawberries
  6. 6. V C ele ry Tomatoes
  7. 7. Chickens Wor m s Cow
  8. 8. What have I learnt?What could you learn? What could you Learn? Growing your own produce teaches you a lot about agriculture. Growing fruit and vegetable often persuades me to further research my farm, finding extra information about what I am consuming. Experimenting on different substances, conditions and species is very intriguing, and allows me to observe the consequences of my decisions. A Teeny Tiny Farm has taught me about soil nutrients, pests and diseases and even different methods of farming (using various tools and equipment), which is preparing me for the country life on a large-scale production farm.
  9. 9. Want toknow somemore aboutTeeny Tiny Farmproduction?
  10. 10. Keys to Success Success is easy… if your happy with the fruit and vegies you produce than you are successful. But success does not come without planning, preparation, research or experimentation. Research is very important (to learn about what you are growing). Planning is essential to produce optimum fruit and veg, by simply knowing where everything is and even when to harvest. Experimenting is a must on any farm… learning what works best and what best suits you. The main key to success though is… enjoy it!!!
  11. 11. PreparingSoil preparation is the most important step inmaintaining your own Teeny Tiny Farm. It is vital for plant growth, without it, plants will nothave access to the essential nutrients needed for optimum growth.
  12. 12. On my Teeny Tiny Farm Iprepare the soils by cultivating through compost. Compost is simply organic matter, which assists in the soils ped structure, drainage qualities and quantities of nutrients.
  13. 13. Plants need to haveaccess to nutrients in the form of ions in solution, meaning that plants cannot consume nutrients that are solid or atmospheric. Adding compost also adds macro and micronutrients and organisms to the soil, benefiting production.
  14. 14. Transplanting Transplanting seedlings rather than sowing straight into the soil, I found, is best when starting off, as it guarantees a better survival rate for plants. When seeds a sowed directly into the soil, birds are able access them, rain and wind can wash the seeds away and the survival rate of plants drops. At my Teeny Tiny Farm I sow seeds into small pots for a few weeks before transplanting them into nutrient-rich soils when the weather is right.
  15. 15. Maintaining Once the plants are transplanted into nutrient-rich, moist soils, the farm must be maintained. Plants need access to water constantly and need to be observed for pests, disease, wilting, growth and production. Fertilisers,pesticides and herbicides may be needed. Mulching is ideal to hold in moisture. Adequate sunlight is essential forphotosynthesis to occur, so the plant is able to produce its own food.
  16. 16. Worms Along with fruit and vegetables, my Teeny Tiny Farm has I love worms.That’s right, a worm breaking farm! Worms are fantastic for down all the soils and compost. Worms nutrients for decompose all my kitchen plants. scraps into nutrient-rich compost. They are so easy tolook after! I simply have a box of compost and a handful of worms, I keep it moist and dark and everything else happens by itself. After every few weeks the compost and worms will go out into the garden and provide the fruit and vegies with even more nutrients.
  17. 17. Chickens A Teeny Tiny Farm is not justfruit and vegetables, but animals too. My chickens are Isa Brown hens who lay an egg each day. They are free to wonder around my Teeny Tiny Farm and are free to use their natural instincts. Now that I have my own hens, I can say, free range eggs have that extra flavour… and the chickens are happy too!!! They are great family pets! My family of seven love the chickens. They eat all our kitchen scraps too! Chickens are great producers and family pets!
  18. 18. Great Companions!
  19. 19. My Experiment In 2011 I conducted a school assignment experiment on how urea (a nitrogen fertiliser) effected the growth of leafy plants compared with pod plants. Large quantities of urea killed the majority of plants, whilst small amounts caused greenery and health. No presence of urea caused healthy, rapid growing plants.
  20. 20. This experiment was a great experience in agriculture, learning how soils, plants andbacteria react to one another in a cycle of nature.I learnt about: processes such as Nitrogen fixating using Rhizobium Bacteria (converting atmospheric Nitrogen into accessible nutrients in the soil for plants). photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration systems on a farm using models and information to find weaknesses in my Teeny Tiny Farm. My Experiment
  21. 21. Everyone Where our food and fibre comes from is an importantshould have understanding every person should have. the We should be aware of the ongoing efforts of farmers, theopportunity content of our food, the composition of our clothing and our impact on future generations to know of our country.where their food andfibre comes from
  22. 22. Food, Fibre and Environment An education in Agriculture shows just that. I have learnt where my fibre comes from (from the animal or plant, to the factory and to me). I have learnt the farm gate to plate processes of meat, dairy, vegetable and cosmetic products, knowing where they come from, the history, the efforts of farmers, issues and problems, processing, transporting, marketing and consuming.
  23. 23. Food, Fibre and Environment I have learnt the negatives and positives of each industry and how we can help andsustaining the future… This is definitely something I believe every person should understand
  24. 24. My Teeny Tiny Farm has taught me so much aboutAgriculture and has allowedme to willingly observe the processes in my own backyard. In the end many of the vegetables grew healthyand strong and made great spinach rolls, salad sandwiches and afternoon snacks.
  25. 25. What if Everyone had a Tiny Farm? Just imagine if everyhouse in the world had a Teeny Tiny Farm! Our communities would have a deeperunderstanding of whereour food and fibre comes from and a greater appreciation of the farmers who produce it.
  26. 26. So Go and Start Your Own Today!You’ll Love it! Amber O`Neill - 2011 - Cream of the Crop