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Ecovillage Agriculture: John Dahlen skywell@juno.com

A self reliant ecovillage needs to be able to produce its own food resources. If we have 50 families we need so many acres of farmland dedicated to food production for those families. By using intensive organic faming techniques we can be very production. I think raised beds with great amounts of organic compost are the methods I intend to use. Here are some key words that you can look up that should be considered. Permaculture, Compost aerobic teas, Heirloom seeds ( and preserving viable seed lines that breed true), Earth worm cultures, drip irrigation systems, using green houses for seed starting and year around production, CSA or Community Supported Agriculture, Community gardens, Solar Green houses, using geothermal heat for winter warming of greenhouses, water cisterns and water harvesting (rainwater collection for agricultural use), Bio Char or Charcoal made from crop and wood residues , its ground up and added to the soil, and provides millions of living spaces for microbes, Square foot gardening ( book and technique for crop growing), Teaming with microbes ( book and tells how to use microbes and fungal growth to greatly enhance your organic farming production, tells how to make and use Aerobic compost teas). Think about starting an Eatable Landscaping company and a supporting green house nursery as a business for the ecovillage. Plant things every where you can. I’m even thinking of building living roofs where we may even have raised garden beds up there to produce food. My projects will initially be on the Gulf Coast by Mobile Bay Alabama. I hope to have several 100 acre villages with supporting organic farms, renewable energy farms, and manufacturing of renewable energy collectors as well as disaster resistant homes and building materials. This is a brief paper on what I intend to do. I hope to have at least 2 full time farming families at each ecovillage who will also be in charge of the landscaping and grounds upkeep. Farming operations may be a good idea for employing homeless people trying to get back on their feet and even veterans. We should have many other small business and manufacturing jobs within the ecovillage structure for self reliance and sustainable economy. Consider free range chickens, a few milk cows or goats and even horses that can be used for riding and plowing if needed. Please add what you think may help to this article. If your interested in helping build one or more ecovillages, I hope to have some going soon (within 2012 time frame). I’m hoping we have a few years to build them before any great weather disasters, but time is of the essence and the sooner the better… Thanks, John Dahlen skywell@juno.com

Devonshire Ecovillage Project, and Ecovillage Development Network, Mobile Alabama

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