At Juniper Jungle Farm, we follow permaculture and biodynamic principles to create a sustainable growing environment. Permaculture and biodynamics are holistic approaches to agriculture that address long-term needs of the land and the people living on it. By using these approaches, aspects of farming such as plant cultivation, animal husbandry, commerce, water and energy usage, land management, and education are woven together in a way to help them work together better than they would separately. Juniper Jungle Farm uses these practices because we feel that it is important to keep the big picture in mind and to be stewards of the land in a way that will benefit ourselves, the land, the animals and the future.
Some of the benefits of utilizing permaculture and biodynamic practices are:
- Improved resiliency and self-reliance
- Long-term, diverse, seasonal yields of wholesome and healthy foods through effective growing practices and sustainable land management.
- Energy, soil, water, and resource conservation that improves soil health and makes the land more abundant.
- Effective animal management systems that improve soil fertility and the health of the land.
The permaculture principles according to Sepp Holzer are:
- All of the elements within a system interact with each other
- Multifunctionality: every element fulfills multiple functions and every function is is performed by multiple elements
- Use energy practically and efficiently, work with renewable energy
- Use natural resources
- Intensive systems in a small area
- Utilize and shape natural processes and cycles
- Support and use edge effects
- Diversity instead of monoculture
- Farming with nature
Biodynamics- A cosmic calendar utilizing the properties of the four main elements. These elements influence seeding, transplanting, growth, and harvest of different crops as well as animals and bees. The calendar also helps pinpoint the correct times for field cultivation.
Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition. Biodynamics was first developed in the early 1920s based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of the Austrian writer, educator and social activist Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), whose philosophy is called “anthroposophy.” Today, the biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of successful gardens, farms, vineyards and agricultural operations of all kinds and sizes on all continents, in a wide variety of ecological and economic settings.
Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.
Most biodynamic initiatives seek to embody triple bottom line approaches (ecological, social and economic sustainability), taking inspiration from Steiner’s insights into social and economic life as well as agriculture. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), for example, was pioneered by biodynamic farmers, and many biodynamic practitioners work in creative partnerships with other farms and with schools, medical and wellness facilities, restaurants, hotels, homes for social therapy and other organizations. Biodynamics is thus not just a holistic agricultural system but also a potent movement for new thinking and practices in all aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.
JJF uses no artificial or synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or fungicides. We do not use GMO seeds or animals and are firmly against the use of GMO’s.
No livestock are ever given antibiotics, hormones, or feed processed animal leftovers like our current conventional grocery store product.
Our livestock programs are designed around Joel Salatin’s farming methods. This method of pasture based intensive rotation is not only helpful and healthy for our animals and worms, but also is the basis for a organically fertilized farm.
Why would we want to do it any other way?
- JJF 2016 Fall CSA Share Pickup November 13, 2016
- Our 4th annual Sunset Supper is on August 21, 2016! July 22, 2016
- 2016 CSA Shares are now available! February 9, 2016
- Sunset Supper tickets On Sale NOW! August 3, 2015
- Save the Date! Farm Dinner is 8/30/15. July 22, 2015