One of the leading authorities on biological farming, Zimmer is recognized for improving farming by restoring soils. Arguing that an optimally productive soil contains a balance of inorganic minerals, organic materials and living organisms, he relies less on modern improvements than on ”the things we’ve learned by improving fertility in a natural, sustainable way over many years.” This book offers invaluable scientific support for committed organic farmers as well as conventional farmers who’d like to reduce chemical inputs and use natural processes to their advantage. Advancing Biological Farming updates and expands upon Zimmer’s classic. Technically precise yet written in friendly language, this book is for everyone who wants a future in biological farming.
Biological farmers work with nature, feeding soil life, balancing soil minerals and tilling soils with a purpose. The methods they apply involve a unique system of beliefs, observations and guidelines that result in increased production and profit. This practical how-to guide elucidates their methods and will help you make farming fun and profitable.
What is biological farming?
To begin with, biological farming works hand-in-hand with nature. It balances your soil to produce healthy, pest- and disease-resistant crops while reducing the use of chemicals. When fed to livestock, these crops lead to healthy and productive animals.
Think of it as a system, not a product. And it’s a system that’s practical, sustainable and profitable.
The six principles of biological farming:
- Test and balance your soils and feed the crop a balanced, supplemented diet.
- Use fertilizers that do the least damage to soil life and plant roots.
- Apply pesticides and herbicides responsibly while relying on customized management practices to reach maximum genetic potential.
- Create maximum plant diversity by using green manure crops and tight rotations.
- Manage the decay of organic materials and the balance of soil, air and water.
- Feed the soil using carbon from compost, green manures, livestock manures and crop residues.
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