Today we are going to discuss about the principles of sustainability in agriculture. We have started new semester after coop term, but this time we all are aware about the broad spectrum of sustainable agriculture. In this blog, I will initiate the discussion by answering some questions.
An example of sustainable agriculture from coop.
While working at Pfennigs Farm, i have clearly understood the principle of sustainable agriculture by following them practically. At pfennings, weeds are not removed by burning in order to prevent environmental pollution; instead weed removal is done with the use of machines as well as manually in areas where crops are too fragile or machines can not reach.
Another example of sustainability is the incorporation of water management system. At Pfennings, the crops were irrigated using rainwater. The crops are chosen according to weather conditions and a well planned irrigation system was used.
A comparison to previous understanding of sustainable agriculture
According to the knowledge gained during first semester, we considered sustainable agriculture as the production of plant or animal products using the farming techniques that have no bad effects on environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. Working at the farm helped me to understand the sustainability principles practically.
Considering my previous knowledge about sustainable agriculture, the information received by working at Pfennings completely align to it. There was no use of fertilizers insecticides or pesticides to initiate plant growth or to remove weeds. All the processes were done according o the set standards of sustainability to produce organic crops. The irrigation system at farm is developed in a way to reduce water loss and maintain environmental stability.
The Pfenning farm produces organic products. In order to maintain the quality of the produce, it is mandatory to follow certain strategies. The strategies are developed to get better yield by avoiding use of fertilizers, pesticides or any other synthetic products. A proper strategy or technique is required to be followed in order to maintain quality as well keeping control of varying parameters.
I would definitely incorporate these strategies in my own farm in future. Also, the experience gained by working at Pfennings will be of great help in selecting equipment as well as proper management. Apart from this, keeping a track of weather conditions would also help me to choose suitable crops which will lead to better produce.