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Sustaining the Life of the Organic Farm (complete) 1080P

(background guitar music) Hi, I’m Alex at Caoba Farms
in Antigua Guatemala. Today’s video looks at how we practice sustainable
organic farming. For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose
under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up
that which has been planted. (baby ducks chirping) Wise land stewardship benefits us all. Healthy soil, using natural methods, produces healthy food. Nurturing a biodiverse environment
is foundational to running a healthy
and sustainable organic farm. Monocultures, those growing only one crop
on large fields, such as tomatoes or corn year after year, lead to rapid soil depletion, no matter how many chemicals are added. These chemicals kill micronutrients
and living organisms in the soil. Does that sound good to you? Noooooo. Ok, so our biodiverse farm culture
here at Caoba employs crop rotation, composting, growing most of our own organic seeds, and other time-tested good farming practices that refortify the soil, while reusing and recycling
all that is practical. We structure the layout of the farm in ways that complement its different parts. Following synergies common in
flourishing natural habitats, our animals and plants thrive together
in a naturally harmonious way. We treat all our animals with respect and give them ample room to roam. As a balanced mini ecosystem, we plant certain complementary crops
near each other, naturally aiding the farm’s over
100 species resist disease. Occasionally, we do spray to repel pests,
with our own organic formulas, and dust with natural minerals
to improve the soil’s pH balance. Turning salad greens under and
rotating our crops helps rejuvenate the soil. Arugula, when it decomposes,
also releases gases underground, that are good for controlling nematodes. The grazing cycle for our sheep
of grasses and forages is also rotated on a regular basis. Sometimes we supplement animal’s food
with our own corn, alfalfa,
and other dehydrated legumes. (pause) Making our own compost is part of Caoba Farm’s commitment
to organic biodiversity. We nourish our fruit trees with
decomposing fruit and vegetable matter, along with chicken and duck manure,
and feathers. The citrus trees benefit from the
naturally occurring high phosphorus content of the feathers and feather meal. The birds eat greens, dropped fruits,
bugs, worms, and also love to peck at the chlorophyll rich
wheat grass growing under the grates. Beans, or any of the legume family,
as well as other green manure, like clovers and mustards, replenish nitrogen when plowed under. (sound of hoe chopping dirt) As the roots decompose underground, beneficial microfungi and bacteria grow. Newly planted crops are aided by the
increase and release of organic matter back into the soil. (thunder and rain) Captivated rainwater is funneled to plants
that especially benefit from it. During the dry season
precious dew is collected. Tripled filtered water, used to wash
our fresh produce, is not wasted. Through the building, a small canal
brings that water outside to taro plants. Taro is a nutritious plant
that once cooked is completely edible. Pollinators are essential
for the fertilization of organic crops. Flowering plants and food crops
around the world are dependent on them. We provide friendly habitats
for honey bees to make their homes in. The raw honey they produce is a bonus
and a great immune system booster. We are on the path to becoming
100 percent sustainable, freeing us from dependency
on outside suppliers. Strengthening our farm’s biodiverse culture helps naturally maintain the stability
of the farm. Our workers and customers are assured
of peace of mind. Their health will not be compromised or endangered by contamination from
harmful chemicals or risky bioengineered substances. Protecting and nourishing our little
part of the Earth, and providing delicious
and healthy food for our community is our goal. I am working the land. All is good.
It is very good here at Caoba Farms. As the world market
for organic food grows, we believe there is great opportunity for many sustainable
organic farms to thrive. Caoba Farm’s passion is for Guatemala to be a place where organic methods
can be taught, practiced, and sustained countrywide. Sustainability is the future of organic farming. Sustainability is the future for Guatemala. (background guitar music)


  1. Rastaneda Author

    So good. Haha, I see this video has been up for about three years and all of a sudden good ole' boy Geoff Lawton brought three new views in the past two days. Permaculture touches so many lives it's amazing and now this video and the people that are in it and the land featured in it are all getting the recognition they deserve. Thank God. Peace.


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