Integrated farming

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Integrated farming is a term for a type of agriculture which is based on integrative biology. The concept is closely related to organic agriculture, although the two are not exactly synonymous. Much has been written on the subject of integrated farming by agriculture experts such as Joel Salatin. [1] [2] Integrated farming practices are also promoted by the Faith-Based Sustainable Agriculture conferences.

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Characteristics of integrated farming

Although by no means universal, general characteristics of the integrative mode of farming include:

  • Conjugal joint venture (husband and wife work together on the operation, and have equal decision-making power)
  • Deliberate introduction of specific microorganisms to the soil
  • Detailed record keeping by means of an agricultural diary
  • The use of phenological indicators to time planting and other tasks


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References

  1. Countryside & Small Stock Journal, The Integrated Homestead, Sept-Oct 2007 and Nov-Dec 2007
  2. Progressive Farmer, 2007

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