Our farm management goals are long-term diversity, health, and productivity. This approach results in a transformative impact on how people grow food and understand their relationship with the land. In the second part of this blog series, we will discuss how our approach ensures reliable returns and offers multiple benefits to people and the land.
Bio-Logical Capital’s agriculture business is a strong anchor for our projects and generates meaningful profits for our company and the farmers who work the land. We believe that for agriculture to be sustainable, it must be designed to build soil productivity and to produce a variety of nutrient-rich crops that produce strong revenues and sustain communities.
We consider stewarding water from a sustainable source, to an appropriate use, to low impact treatment and reuse as an imperative cycle. We see the natural water resources on our land as a complete system. We identify the multiple uses, complementary uses, and natural tools available to purify water. Our practices return water to the aquifer, stream, or watershed from which it was harvested cleaner than when it was borrowed.
At Bio-Logical Capital, we believe in taking the time to fully understand the natural systems in which we work. As we are in awe of the elegance, resiliency and complexity of nature, we try our best to emulate the patterns, forms and processes that we observe. Nature is our model for sustainably producing food, cleaning water, supplying energy and shaping our built environment. We are testing these ideas on the ground at Hana Ranch in Hawaii.
That quote regarding “the truth cannot be unseen” pretty much sums up my understanding of sustainable agriculture. All the years of “that won’t work here”, “you can’t feed the world with organic food”, “it’s not as productive”, “oh those chemicals don’t hurt anything”, “there’s no way to make that affordable”, and all the other go-to myths people spout against the practice tend to drain one’s resolve. Even though I have life-long experience with organic farming, a degree in plant and soil science, and a passion for knowledge, only recently have I been shown the truth.
Marcin Jakubowski is an inventor and the founder of Open Source Ecology. He talks about achieving industrial productivity on small scale, and using open source technology to share these “Do It Yourself” designs. The result is a series of blueprints for highly efficient, low cost machines “made from local and recycled materials that would last a lifetime, not designed for obsolescence.”
Gunter Pauli is an entrepreneur who is dedicated to design and implement a society and industries that respond to people’s needs using what is locally available. At TEDx Tokyo, Gunter speaks about the energy potential on the planet and how we can begin to think differently to find innovative and sustainable solutions. To Gunter, “Sustainability is the capacity to respond to the basic needs of all with what we have.” He encourages us to look at the world differently.
Jonathan Foley is the director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of the Minnesota, where he also leads the institute’s Global Landscapes Initiative, which focuses on the nexus of global land use, agriculture and the environment. In his October 5, 2009 article on e360.yale.edu, he talks of the global land use crisis, on par with climate change, and presents some simple, yet profound, solutions to begin addressing this issue.