Over the years of assisting in setting up mini-farms in communities, I have experienced many situations which have shown us the way forward. We are proud to be apart of these projects as we bond with the community and develop regenerative agricultural farms from scratch. We turn unused space into a productive area within a short few years and leaving the farmers empowered for the future. The learning journey is vast and complicated at first, and as time and experience progress the dots are all connected and become merely part of everyday life.
What is regenerative agriculture you may ask and how does that help - as most farmers don't start with fertile soil it takes time to develop the ground and with limited resources that can be a challenge. With regenerative agriculture, the land is developed over time to become more supportive of food crops which are hungrier and thirstier than other plants. Pioneering cover crops are used to create biomass which is mostly unavailable at the onset of the development. Cover crops are used in organic agriculture to replenish the soil between main growing seasons. Here they are used to develop soil and soil life, and because they cost less than other materials, it makes sense to go this route if you have the time.
Our projects last for three years during which time we transfer many experiences to the emerging farmer. The farmers newly gained knowledge is enforced and becomes the way forward. Our training and coaching cover soil types and how to augment them with ingredients based on their characteristics, planting styles and the effects of plant spacing, companion planting, crop rotation and crop diversity for reduced problems, material production to save costs and boost results, professional task and farm management. The business end of running a farm is a vital skill set with business planning budgeting as well as marketing and basic accounting to keep track of the farming businesses performance.
If you have a project in mind for us contact us via Service@PositiveCycle.co.za