Daphne was reading the Maritime agriculture journal called Farm Focus. She looked puzzled and said, “Cliff, they said that new science indicates it might be best to grow potatoes on soil prepared with compost.”
“You don’t say,” I said.
She read on and said, “They are right now doing a research project to see if potatoes can be grown more productively on soil that has been enriched with compost, and they hypothesize that it will take three years to do the study.”
I said, “Hmm, that’s odd, because on my website and in my last book I wrote that it takes just about three years to prepare ground and maximize harvest using organic methods and compost..”
Daphne read on. “They’re suggesting that farmers can get higher yields with compost-prepared soil.”
“Well,” I told her, “I have written many times that we get about 1500 lbs of food annually from the 3000 square feet of soil we use to grow potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes. Do they have any other original science that seems to be plagiarized from my last book, website, and the magazines, books and websites of just about every organic and permaculture farmer on the planet?”
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What is really interesting is now industrial/battery farming is acting as if returning to these very old, very successful models of farming is something new and radical.