posted on Jul, 16 2011 @ 05:10 PM
Another method of ultra high crop output vs. minimal space and effort is the "food forest" method of permaculture farming.
These methods go back hundreds and even thousands of years in some cultures and there are food forests in Vietnam which are still producing the
various crops according to the plan and work put in by someone centuries ago even with long periods of no one "tending" the crops. It's truly
strategic and intelligent farming where the crops are chosen to support each other's growth, protect itself from insects and predators, and renew
itself each season with no seed planting, fertilizers, chemicals, etc.
I'm working with a small team of people to develop cheap / free "kits" for setting up food forests, aquaponic gardens and extremely space and
resource efficient hydroponic systems which are making use of cutting edge designs (the development of which is driven by the medical cannabis
"industry"). Eventually we will have a tool for people to enter their location, available resources, growing space and select from a database of
produce / protein sources according to their personal desires, balanced nutrition, etc and it will generate a set of detailed plans and instructions
for them to follow to create the sustainable garden / farm.
It's taking a lot of time and research as we want to be able to make this available to people anywhere in the World, especially in impoverished
communities and not only come up with the best solution for each person but ideally provide "kits" to them for no / low cost depending on their
circumstances. This same project is also working towards other "products" such as alternative power, clean water, refrigeration and economic
"seeds" which will consist of open source products and the facilities, methods and tools to produce them with the goal being to stimulate economic
growth, self sufficiency and more.
Unfortunately, we're finding our efforts blocked at every turn by the usual resource providers but it's slowly and steadily moving forward.
Our best bet as a global society is to develop community resources for our needs which use sustainable, safe and intelligent methods. When you can get
everything you need to live and be comfortable from local sources (the village economy restructured for sustainable / ecological methods) not only
will you be safe from big corporate everything but you will also be independent in ways most of us have never experienced.