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duane hennon
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a synergy with the Amish should help permies and vice versa


http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/the-amish-farmer-replacing-pesticides-with-nutrition/380825/?single_page=true

The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture
By studying the immune systems of plants, they've developed a technique that eliminates the need for chemicals.


"He found what he was looking for in the writings of an 18-year-old Amish farmer from Ohio, a man named John Kempf.

Kempf is the unlikely founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a consulting firm established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture. The entrepreneur’s story is almost identical to Zook’s. A series of crop failures on his own farm drove the 8th grade-educated Kempf to school himself in the sciences. For two years, he pored over research in biology, chemistry, and agronomy in pursuit of a way to save his fields. "

http://www.advancingecoag.com/
 
allen lumley
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W.o.w., there is a boat load, a LARGE Boatload of stuff here ! Lots to take in ! Duane Hennon thanks for posting,! For the Good of the Crafts Big Al
 
Wojciech Majda
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I did manage to make my plants inedible to snails and slugs by proper plant nutrition.
 
J. Michael Wright
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hey, John Kempf is my boss!
we are starting a farm in Orwell Ohio that is based on Permaculture principles.
the things that he does are really amazing, I have seen rows of crops treated and untreated with his products and they really work. He is able to diagnose and treat pest and disease problems with organic nutrition.
the plan with this farm is to pair nutrient dense food with a permaculture framework

the thing that we are using now is sap analysis of the plants
this gives us real time deficiencies/excess and allows us to adjust the crops in real time
it's definitely going to be the future
 
Enrique Garcia
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Wow. Thanks !! Amazing info !!
 
Bryant RedHawk
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The current model for agriculture is one of systematic dependence. The farmer sprays fertilizer to help nourish the crop, these sprays reduce the ability of the plant to defend itself from pest attacks. The farmer then sprays an insecticide to prevent total loss of the crop, this lessens the ability of the plant to take up nutrients so the farmer applies more fertilizer and the circle of death continues. This model has been being touted since the 1940's by companies like Monsanto, it helps only those companies involved in producing the chemicals that perpetuate the cycle of death. The net result, other than billions into their pockets, is the reduction of nutrition in the foods that people eat, which makes the people more likely to get sick which means more money into the pockets of doctors, and drug companies who, big surprise, support the modern agriculture model.

Finally we have more and more people willing to educate themselves ( as opposed to being taught ) and viola, we find these self educated people discovering the truth about real nutrition and these same people are doing something about it. They discard what doesn't work and discover what does work then they put these discoveries into practice. This is happening all over the world today and I am overjoyed.

It is however, sad that the very companies that want folks to believe they are doing all their deeds for the betterment of mankind, are doing the exact opposite of their advertising. It is also sad that those we the people elect to make sure our best interest is upheld, are out there turning their heads towards the dollars spent to get them to look the other way while big business rapes and pillages like the buccaneers of old. It is saddest of all when the people stick their heads in the sand and keep putting those elected officials, that have allowed the pillaging, to keep on being in a position to continue the "Status Quo".
 
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