Modern Industrial Agriculture “Discovers” Compost

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.”

The Potato Patch, enlarged by about 50% since this photo was taken, is enriched by compost and produces all the potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes our family of four needs in a year.

The Potato Patch, enlarged by about 50% since this photo was taken, is enriched by compost and produces all the potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes our family of four needs in a year.

“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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And what does a couple tons of compost, and nothing but compost, direct from our livestock, kitchen and last year's garden detritus, do for our gardens?  See for yourself?  And the harvest is even better! You might also note that we do not use an ounce of pesticide.  We let the local insects and birds eat any pests and everything is fine.

And what does a couple tons of compost, and nothing but compost, direct from our livestock, kitchen and last year’s garden detritus, do for our gardens? See for yourself? And the harvest is even better!
You might also note that we do not use an ounce of pesticide. We let the local insects and birds eat any pests and everything is fine.

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.

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  1. lol Yup! In my day it was called a midden, and every year the lot (the product of the wintering of half a dozen cows) was dug out, and dug in… funny how big agri “forgot”… 😉

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