What we think, we grow!
Evan Folds here, I have 18+ years experience helping people grow beyond organic gardens and farms, and develop what I call "Personal Agriculture".
Please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and ideas, the following options are a starting point!
Be a farmer, start a garden!
My experience is that once we know how to think about the natural world in a healthy way, results follow. Our perspective drives our actions.
Ecosystems are completely connected, they are "forests, not trees". As it is with any ecosystem, the key to a successful garden, landscape, or farm is how everything works together.
Generally, the way we teach ourselves agriculture is all wrong. When it comes to farming, gardening, and lawn care, our approach to life is based in death, we are trying to grow plants using artificial methods and materials at the expense of the ecosystem - it's backwards.
The solutions are easy, but not always obvious - we must "grow soil", not just plants. We must look at the problems as the solutions. We must take an ecosystem approach. This takes doing some things differently, and most of all, clarity and healthy perspective.
Without knowing it, most growers are working against themselves, stuck in a vicious cycle of false expectations that artificial fertilizers and toxic man-made pesticides and herbicides can result in a healthy and successful landscape, garden, or farm that gets better season after season.
For example, if you use fertilizer you are familiar with NPK (nitrogen, phsophorous & potassium). These are called the macronutrients. This is three elements, did you know that a plant requires at least 17 in order to grow? These are called micronutrients.
Did you know that there are also trace elements? Most agronomists do not consider trace elements to be required by the plant, but they do not consider the ecosystem. Why would Mother Nature make an element not needed in the garden?
Over the years I have helped thousands of people just like you navigate these challenges to start successful gardens and grow organic landscapes, and overwhelmingly the #1 thing preventing abundant success is our perspective towards the natural world.
It is an exercise in systems thinking...the way we think about the soil and our natural landscapes matters...a lot.
Literally, what we think, we grow.
What we are doing in our typical approach to gardening and farming is chasing symptoms and trying to shoot the messengers. The great Charles Walters called this "toxic rescue chemistry".
Whether you are a homeowner, seasoned farmer or a beginning gardener, there is a better way.
Then, if you are on your way, fantastic. Or, if you need further consultation, we can dig deeper, or I can refer you to experienced farm contractors that can help you achieve your vision.
Ready to get started?
Here are some of the topics we can cover - composting, organic fertility, soil food web, aquaponics, compost tea, hydroponics, permaculture, natural pest & disease control, biodynamics, organic lawn care, agroforestry, base saturation soil testing, and more.
These principles apply no matter what scale of gardening or farming you are on. Maybe you are having thoughts about turning your lawn into a farm? Or perhaps you are an acreage farmer interested to start transitioning into more regenerative practices?
Regardless, here are some specific prompts to get the juices flowing:
Use Soil Test Solutions to generate a specific mineral Rx for your soil
Apply living soil methods like cover crops or brewing compost tea
Implement trace minerals to your acreage farming
Do a product audit & replace toxic inputs with a natural approach
Engage pest & disease challenges from a new perspective
Turn trash into treasure and start composting, or keep worms!
So much more!!
Don't have any soil to work with, start a container or a hydroponic garden...even indoors! I can help you build an indoor garden complete with grow lights and environmental controls.
Send an email to email@example.com if you have questions about a consulting appointment. I can even provide a FREE 15-minute connecting call to explain the details.
What are you waiting on? Get in touch, and let's get growing :)