How to start a permaculture farm with very little money. You don’t have to go big, says Casey Dhal.
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How to start a permaculture farm & connecting with Casey:
About Casey & Feral Farms:
My name is Casey Dahl and I started Feral Farm because I want to farm in a ecologically sound way that is also economically profitable. If we can do this, then not only would we be able to support ourselves through growing food for people, we would be doing so in a way that actually repairs our damaged ecosystems.
I’ve gained a lot of experience in the last 10 years of my life. I started volunteering on organic farms in High School, graduated to being employed on organic farms, and then started my own CSA and market garden business. It was during this time that my interest in permaculture, ecology, ethnobotany, and foraging, mixed with my farming knowledge, inspired me to start Feral Farm. I have a permaculture design certification and I have years of experience working with both traditional orchards and permaculture orchards.
Ecosystems all over the world are in decline. Habitat loss is one of the main reasons for species extinction. Where is that habitat going? As farms become larger and more consolidated to feed growing populations they lose diversity and turn wild ecosystems into farm fields. When these fields consist of monocultures, they lack the diversity to support many organisms. If annual grains (corn, wheat, soybeans, rice) are grown they require tillage to expose the soil, which leads to erosion and loss of top soil. Top it off with pesticides, herbicides, declining energy reserves, and climate change and you end up with a pretty bleak situation.
However, all over the world there still exist functioning wild ecosystems that are biodiverse and grow a riot of plant life without needing pest protection or fertilizers. Can we use these ecosystems as models for farming? What would such a farm look like?
As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot of money to start a farm business. Just creativity. Thanks Casey for sharing with us how to start a permaculture farm.