Managing resources from a holistic or whole entity viewpoint is an efficient way of doing things. When it comes to protecting the environment, it makes a lot of sense to work with nature rather than against her.
In farming and agriculture, the move is gradually coming around to a more sustainable working practice where more respect is given to the land that provides us with the food we eat and the animals that serve us. It is happening very slowly and there is still a great deal of opposition to the movement from farmers who are struggling to stay in profit while supermarkets work to strangle their margins as tightly as they can and some.
Moving from an intensive agricultural model to a holistic one is a massive change, but one that can be hugely beneficial for both farmer and consumer when it is done with the right planning and foundation. Especially for vegetable growers that can work the change one field at a time and still remain profitable, this is an exciting and fulfilling move.
Short term success can be turned to long term sustained success as fields are given over to organic farming methods that recycle the parts of the produce that are not sold (or eaten) into composting process to produce a formidable yet wholly natural fertilizing agent. Many benefits come with using the composting model for vegetable growing that include stronger, better naturally disease resistant plants that have less susceptibility to disease and pest problems that unnaturally intensively grown crops supper from.
Developing and Planning
The first step in working out and developing a Whole Farm Plan that takes its form using Holistic Management is to set out your boundaries and work within them. While for the most part this might seem fairly obvious, some careful thought added to a little work with a good old fashioned pencil and paper will in most cases most likely show you graphically that the system you find that you are managing is way larger and so much more complex than you may have initially thought.
By way of an example, is the "whole" entity that you are managing a working farm? If that is the case, you should ask yourself "Where does the farm start and end?"
You might believe the farm in question starts at the road and ends at the farm gate at the other end. If that's the case you then need to ask yourself if you are you managing a working relationship with the people who are just beyond that farm gate.
Then you need to think on. What about your produce and machinery suppliers, your buyers, your immediate neighbors and also your competitors? You will undoubtedly find that your whole entity is most likely considerably larger than the bordered and immediate land area that comprises your farmland.
You might then decide to ask yourself who you consider to be the key decision-makers that are daily involved in your whole entity under management. You will certainly need to include yourself, to be sure. However, what about others in your close circles such as your immediate and extended family members?
You should then think about your financial lenders and creditors. Do you have any business partners? If you do, then do they have veto-power or decision making freedom that can affect any of your decisions? If that is the case, you can be sure they are key decision-makers in your business too.
So, before you manage to get too far along the road in the planning stage, it is a highly useful early step to really get down and define carefully what you can call upon to be your whole under management set up.
Producing Food Crops
There are more and more convenient ways to produce food crops today than there probably has ever been at any other time in history. Yet when you look at the frightening statistics about the numbers of consumers in the United States and other western countries, you wonder if anyone knows about these easy ways to feed them all and still have enough left over to export for profit.
One such system is produced by several companies and they do their business online. They are not so different from the several other companies that provide their customers with ready to eat meals that are delivered to their homes.
The thing that makes some stand out from the crowd is the overall quality of the food they send out. It is much higher in quality than many of their rivals and that happens because they have in house experts prepare the produce to order and then ship them in batches of either five or seven days worth of shipments.
This not only ensures freshness, but it means you don't have to pay for a whole month of food as you do with some producers and the food is not processed or frozen, but comes fresh in cool boxes and you store them in your fridge. This makes for high quality food that you simply reheat to eat.
The produce is varied, interesting and healthy while being low in calories and nutritionally balanced. That is so you can get on and just eat the food to stay healthy without any other hassles or worrying about counting the costs or any of the other stresses that go with more complex agricultural systems.
So if you want a really simple to work out plan that you don't have to worry too much about, this system could be for you.
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