Day 69(ish) – Some data & final thoughts

This is roughly speaking where I’ve travelled. It’s a little abbreviated in Brazil since that got too complicated to map easily. My time in South America is almost up, but there are a few more things to say, and random pictures to insert. I met a guy from Embrapa yesterday who is running a program nearContinue reading “Day 69(ish) – Some data & final thoughts”

Day 65 – Bokashi bacteria brews

Fazenda Malunga is the biggest producer of Organic lettuce in the whole of Brazil. There are 200m people here, but I don’t think many of them are into Organics just yet. Still, the farm is a big operation, with about 120ha of land in total, 45ha of which is the main, original, block. As well asContinue reading “Day 65 – Bokashi bacteria brews”

Day 49 – Biodynamic cattle

I really needed a helicopter today, it was a long drive for a short distance. I’m very jealous that these guys can grow such a wide variety of fruits in their garden: apples, apricots, figs, oranges, lemons, limes, quince, mulberries, plums… I guess there are not many climates that would support all of them. ThisContinue reading “Day 49 – Biodynamic cattle”

Day 46 – Grazing wheat & OSR

In March we came to Canberra for a few days with all the 2014 scholars from around the world for a conference, and today was a bit of a flashback. Not only did I accidentally stay in the same hotel, but I also visited a sheep farmer call John Hyles, just as we had back then.Continue reading “Day 46 – Grazing wheat & OSR”

Day 45 – More Pasture Cropping

Reality check. Angus Maurice is a friend of Colin Seis, and spent over 5 years training people how to implement Pasture Grazing on their own farms. He also taught “No Kill” farming, which is similar to Pasture Cropping, but more extreme. It uses no chemicals at all, and also stipulates the cash crop must beContinue reading “Day 45 – More Pasture Cropping”

Day 44

When I was in Canberra for the Nuffield CSC in March, there was a drinks reception where I met someone who was the head of agriculture, or something similar, at one of the big universities. I asked him what he thought of Pasture Cropping and the answer was “it’s rubbish, it doesn’t work”. This wasContinue reading “Day 44”

What’s happening at home (First edition)

It’s the first non Nuffield Travel blog post. Hurray. I thought both my readers may be interested in what we have going on at home this year. Here are five little experiments, listed in what I would consider increasing order of potential for peril. 1) Cover Cropping This is our third year of cover cropping.Continue reading “What’s happening at home (First edition)”