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Directory:Home Generation:Private Food Production System

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Private Food Production systems

At present, several systems can be used for private food production. These include:

The Fukoaka Method


No-till farming

Perhaps the best system to be used is no-till farming. From the Integral Urban House project, we can see that with good plant set-up, no more than 15 minutes of work (see the Integral Urban House link at the main page) is required with this system. An example of the system is available from Instructables (see step 5). In the Integral Urban House, the system is combined with rooftop composting and the system is said to able to be used in small houses/appartments.

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SPIN-FARMING Joins Lineup at the PA Renewable Energy Festival - According to Roxanne Christensen, Co-author of SPIN-Farming, more and more people are taking food production into their own hands. "Every day first generation farmers from all over the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the UK are using SPIN's franchise-ready system to enter the farming profession. Perhaps most importantly, it is happening without significant policy changes or government supports. (MarketWatch July 22, 2008)

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Revolutionary New Invention Offers Easy Solution to Food Shortages: Portable Farms(TM) - Become self sufficient by growing 100 pounds of fish and more than 400 heads of lettuce per year in a small 6 foot x 8 foot space with your own Portable Farms™ Kit. (Reuters June 16, 2008)

Vertical Farming
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Green reaching out to the blues: Farming on Skyscrapers! - Vertical Farming has taken radical new shapes in the last few years simply because modern designers have dared to dream beyond the convention and have embraced the ground realities of food shortage in today’s world. Here are some of the best vertical farming concepts put in a shell for you and they truly are spectacular! (EcoFriend July 16, 2008)

Easiest nutrient recycling

Smokeless stoves may be used to burn unedible plant parts (of eg foodcrops) or to burn other vegetation. Other types of stoves (eg tandoors, ...) can also be made to reduce smoke (see the VillageEarth SourceBook). The ashes may then be reused to supply new food crops with nutients. Care must be taken however that the ashes is mixed with other substances (eg limestone see this website) so that the soil does not get too acidic. A possibility may also be vermicomposting, as the worms convert the wood ash.

Best herbal plant-patch set-ups

Herbal patches may be used in conjunction to the food production system to allow self-sufficiency in times of disease or when wounded. several plant set-ups may be used, depending on local environment, personal preference, ... An overview of the merits herbal patches may supply can be found at this Wikipedia entry.

Books and publications

On food production systems

Navdanya organic farming publications

VillageEarth AT SourceBook: Contains free practical information on organic farming

City People's Book of Raising Food

Solar Gardening: Growing Vegetables Year-Round the American Intensive Way by Leandre Poisson and Gretchen Vogel Poisson

On herbs

Rational Phytotherapy: a physicians Guide To Herbal Medicine: 4th Edition by Volker Schulz, Rudolf Hânsel and Varro E. ISBN:354067963

External links

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Some primers on maintaining a weedless organic garden

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See Talk:Directory:Home Generation:Private Food Production System

:"The tradition of passing on the family farmstead from generation to generation is rooted deep, but in the first urbanized century where a majority of the world’s population will be living in cities, the 5 acre and independence model is one that can now only be indulged in by a privileged few. Insisting that farming be tied exclusively to a specific place belies its dynamic nature. Farming can adjust quickly to growth and development, and sub-acre mobile farming systems can certainly be devised to leverage that. The SPIN approach is starting to resonate with visionaries and serving as a “muse" in many different fields of endeavor and helping to inspire all sorts of inventive activity." Roxanne Christensen, SPIN-Farms