Our Teaching Series Launch

Announcing our new Teaching Series!!!!

Today marks our inaugural lesson in our teaching series starting with a quick tutorial on the makeup of Soil. Join us HERE and learn what really is down there under your feet AND why it’s important. We’ll have many more to come so check back regularly and follow our BLOG to keep up with new topics.

We hope you have fun learning about sustainable agriculture!

Sustainability. What does it mean?

Sustainability. The short definition is: the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. The easiest way to describe it agriculturally is to put as much or more back into the soil as you take out. I say soil because that is what sustainable farmers really and truly grow. If you concentrate on the health of the soil, plants grow themselves.

Sustainability is much more than just the environment, however. Here at the FRESH Foundation, we consider all aspects of farming and how they can be protected and nurtured and yes, sustained. These four principles are the cornerstones of sustainability:

  • Economic viability; If you can’t make a living, you won’t be able to do it for long.
  • Environmental compatibility; It must be safe for people and other organisms.
  • Socially responsible; inclusive and charitable, good for everyone.
  • Effectively productive; efficiency breeds sustainability and production.
*Adapted from the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – The Ohio State University

Practices like no-till or strip tilling preserve the integrity of the soil structure and cause minimal disturbance to the microorganisms that are so important to the availability of nutrients to plants.

Responsible use and selection of pesticides (yes, organic and sustainable production still uses pesticides) for specific problems ensures that unintended harm is not done by their application.

Micro-irrigation, sub-irrigation and other responsible watering techniques conserve water and place it only where it’s needed. Inter-planting different crops together increases beneficial insect populations, disease resistance, and crop yield.

Knowledge of soil structure, texture, microorganisms, organic matter, water infiltration and storage capacity, plant nutrient and water needs, efficient production practices, and many more aspects all go into sustainable production. These concepts have been proven to work on the smallest backyard garden all the way up to large farm crop productions of thousands of acres.

We will be covering many of these aspects in more detail as we go. An important part of the teaching farm includes classes to help gardeners and farmers learn more about the details and the benefits of these systems. We hope that you’ll be able to follow along and make your corner of the world a little more sustainable.

JD

Here are some good resources to help you get started;

 

An Emerging Seedling

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Just Popping Out…

A squash seedling is just popping out of the ground, seen here in West Farms’ Facebook post. Look hard. It’s right there in the middle. It reminded me so much of where the Fresh Foundation is at this very moment. We’ve planted the seeds for a wonderful idea that will benefit thousands of people all over Oklahoma and eventually the entire nation. And it’s just popping out of the ground now!
The excitement, the potential, the hope; they’re all there in that image of a little seedling seeing the sun for the first time. They’re all there in the emerging programs that we are developing at the FRESH Foundation too. The new partnerships with local universities, regulatory agencies and education organizations have the same potential to produce an exciting crop of new farmers and new consumers that are knowledgeable about where their food comes from and how it’s grown.
Just like this little squash plant, the FRESH Foundation is growing and producing in an environmentally sustainable way. A new but also ancient way to produce food without destroying the microorganisms in the soil; without unnecessary fertilizer or pesticides; without using excess water or fossil fuels.
This brand new seedling represents the very essence of what we’re all about. We are growing food of course, but at our core we are growing farmers, people, knowledge, and environmental responsibility. We are changing the way our food is grown by putting as much, if not more, back in to the land as we take out of it. That’s at the heart of sustainability. And just like our little squash here, we are going to feed the world!
We hope you will join us!

JD

Coming Soon to OKC

Thanks for joining us!

Our teaching farm and farm incubator will be launching in January of 2019. Lots of changes will be happening between now and then! Visit our contact page to learn more and come back to this site often for updates and news.

A society grows great when old men plant trees under whose shade they will never sit. – Greek proverb

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