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Web Video: Suburban Farming- An Idea Whose Time has Come



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bobbichukran
post Jul 24 2008, 12:19 PM



How inspirational! I love it that this is a rental house. I was also intrigued by the simple greenhouse made from moveable panels. Thanks for sharing this video.

bobbi c.
central TX
http://www.earthly-gardener.blogspot.com

thuja
post Jul 25 2008, 02:44 AM


i love that he is leaving the insects alone. natural predators should be encouraged and pesticides banned. anyway, this is an inspiration.

hacktorious
post Jul 26 2008, 08:09 AM


Great video! The best idea I got out of it was, seed storage. I have been drying and storing my garden seeds.

radicalmom
post Jul 26 2008, 11:59 AM


everyone should see this. it's encouraging to me to see the bandwagon loading up with people like that. my goal is to learn to grow rice!!

annie.

diana
post Jul 27 2008, 03:20 PM


OK, raining on the parade, sort of. While I do believe that suburban, in fact urban, forms of ag are the only future we have, there are downsides. First is the emphasis on grains, period, and then the fact that rice, especially, requires water (do you live in a floodable floodplain? if not, do you realize that adding water via watering means soil salination?).

The really cool things about this video include, to me: *sprouted* sunflower seeds that would be too small to shell otherwise, medicinal plants, nitrogen-fixing legume diversity, vertical growth, his seedstock emphasis, and his awareness of habitat for insects, including this great quote: "It's arrogant to want 100% of what you grow." Bad stuff is feeding grain to the chickens; let's hope they gets lots of bugs instead.

I'm gonna go back to reading my preview copy of Lierre Keith's book, The Vegetarian Myth, and may add more later, as I come across it. Awesome book, and the best explanations for why grains just aren't the answer that I have ever seen. --diana

Trudie
post Jul 27 2008, 10:51 PM


I recently converted a 16X16' shed to a greenhouse and this video was a wealth of great information. I haven't much ground space but I do have a huge deck & would like to find large planters (or make some?) and grow more there.
I also bought 4-55 gallon rain barrels to water the greenhouse plants.
Can anyone direct me to a website or offer any information regarding organic gardening to someone just starting out?
Thanks so much for any direction or advice you may offer.
Trudie
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radicalmom
post Jul 28 2008, 05:53 AM


QUOTE (diana @ Jul 27 2008, 08:20 PM) *
OK, raining on the parade, sort of. While I do believe that suburban, in fact urban, forms of ag are the only future we have, there are downsides. First is the emphasis on grains, period, and then the fact that rice, especially, requires water (do you live in a floodable floodplain? if not, do you realize that adding water via watering means soil salination?).

The really cool things about this video include, to me: *sprouted* sunflower seeds that would be too small to shell otherwise, medicinal plants, nitrogen-fixing legume diversity, vertical growth, his seedstock emphasis, and his awareness of habitat for insects, including this great quote: "It's arrogant to want 100% of what you grow." Bad stuff is feeding grain to the chickens; let's hope they gets lots of bugs instead.

I'm gonna go back to reading my preview copy of Lierre Keith's book, The Vegetarian Myth, and may add more later, as I come across it. Awesome book, and the best explanations for why grains just aren't the answer that I have ever seen. --diana


hi diana, nice to see you; i saw a clip on rodale(?) showing how to grow rice in a bucket or trough. it was very enlightening, i'm going to try it nest year. the days-to-harvest are from 90 days to 120 days. i'll keep you all postesd. regarding the grain thing: yes i agree that grains are not the total solution; many people are grain sensitive and so must avoid them. i think it's great that he is planning ahead to share and trade for other seed! he must have had help putting in that large garden from his crew. i put a garden that big in one year and it took me many days of solitary work just to do the soil and plant the rows. nonetheless, the more the merrier is what i say. collective farming and sharing of crops is a wonderful solution.

Pam Gen129
post Today, 07:54 PM


Wonderful vid! This was just what we needed; thanks!