Teal Farm - Huntington Vermont
 
philosophy

philosophy

philosophy

philosophy

Our move to agriculture from hunting and gathering marked a turning point in the formation of modern civilization. By settling in one place over long periods of time, we were able to form lasting communities, develop new kinds of relationships and new ways of organizing ourselves, which in turn prompted the evolution of our language, thinking, and the capacity to innovate. Since that time approximately 7,000 years ago, our civilization has grown exponentially in population, capacity, complexity, and technical finesse, but agriculture still provides the raw materials for our developing human bodies; it is the living matrix of our physiology. It also defines our fundamental relationship — whether we're aware of it or not — to the natural processes that extend beyond our own skins. How do we derive the many forms of our sustenance? Does the way we procure our food also care for the living systems in the soil, water, and habitats that continuously make our larger health possible?

One of our biggest challenges with global systems so imperiled by the unintended impact of centuries of human industry, is to change our fundamental relationship to nature in such a way that all practices that flow from our human ingenuity allow the living world to thrive, keeping humanity (as well as the planet's living systems) vital for the great work that lies ahead.

What we call "farming+" goes back to the roots of the human-nature relationship; it gleans wisdom from both time-proven practices as well as new knowledge coming from science and art, and it endeavors to create abundant food and habitat systems that are wholly and perpetually conducive to a life-centered culture. It is an ideal to strive for, and an inevitable demand of the future. If we can re-tool our food systems to run entirely on sunlight and create no waste — like a plant itself — and simultaneously engage our highest creativity in the process, we will have accomplished much.

Farming +

These goals guide our practices:

  • Think of the farm as a total organism.
  • Create life niches wherever possible.
  • Run on sun, create no waste.
  • Cycle nutrients locally.
  • Produce fertility on-site.
  • Use renewable energy and biological systems to do the work whenever possible.
  • Choose foods that are nutrient dense, that can be processed and stored with minimal energy, and that taste great.
  • Do value-added work close to the farm using renewable energy.
  • Grow the necessary seeds and rootstocks to self-replicate the entire farm organism.
  • View growing food as ongoing learning, and as a component of creating community and a healthy, progressive culture.
  • Revere the art of cuisine.