Farm One Acre
|"It used to be the farmer worked the soil. Now, global agribusiness works the farmer"|
Smaller farmers are threatened by large corporate interests all over the world and unfortunately for small farming operations, it’s the larger farms owned and operated by agribusiness that have been making most of the money for the past 40 years. The trend towards large corporate farms has left many smaller farmers unable to earn a living doing something they where born to do – operate the family farm. Today, income from small farms averages around $10,000 annually, forcing many farmers to supplement their income with a full time job or sell the farm outright to larger interests.For the past 50 years, farms around the world have been shrinking in size due to urban development, land prices and increasing operational costs. In fact, many of the farms in the Industrialized West are small, with more than 80 percent of all farms less than 55 acres and 10 percent less than 5 acres in size.
The Family Farm
The family farm - hope for the future. If we are going to save “the family farm” and support community agriculture, new and innovative farming technologies must be developed. The Farm One Acre Project was initiated to develop technologies that would address many of the issues facing small farmers today. Patented high-density food growing technology helps farmers earn “big farm” income cultivating just one acre. New Leaf Technologies food growing products grow more plants per square foot than any other technology that exists today.
High Density Food Production Technologies
New Leaf high density food production technologies multiply food production while significantly lowering operational costs. These innovative products are engineered to grow anything, anywhere, in any climate.
Little Crop Circles™
Little Crop Circles™ virtually replace the need for a large amount of land. Just one Little Crop Circle™ matches the production of a 4,000 square foot farm plot using just 800 feet in area. This type of “high density agriculture” technology successfully addresses the main issues of efficiently growing food on a farm in all parts the world at low cost. These issues include; food safety, food security, sustainability, water scarcity, food quality and affordability. A one acre farm using Little Crop Circles™ matches the production of a much larger 5 acre farm, earning more profits for the small farm grower.
Specifications For A Little Crop Circle™ One-Acre Farm
A Little Crop Circle™ composite grower is 90 inches in diameter and 16 inches tall. The farm area is tilled and dressed. A dark colored weed barrier is spread over the ground and pinned for protection against wind blow. Little Crop Circles™ are arranged in a pattern suitable for a particular crop creating individual food stations. Pumpkins and cucumbers will need more distance between them compared to lettuce and spinach, for example. A head irrigation pipe is installed between rows of Little Crop Circles™. Feeder lines connect the irrigation pipe to the center of the Little Crop Circle™. A nozzle at the top of each Little Crop Circle™ may be any type including drip, spray or bubble. The weed barrier is perforated with holes for plants, which are planted around the perimeter of the Little Crop Circle™ in circular rows, several deep. The type of soil, amount and frequency of water applications will determine the width of the plant growth ring. A hard clay surface combined with frequent and sizable applications of water could create a 20-foot plant growth ring, for example. Perfect for growing onions.
For most farms, field sown vegetables earn between $1,000 and $3,000 per acre before labor, irrigation, seed, fertilizer and spraying costs, requiring farmers to till large acreages forcing many small farmers out of the market all together. A large acre farm lowers operation costs per acre but this requires significant capital for land purchases, land leases and day-to-day operations. Food quality also suffers. A small farm can reap the same financial benefits of a large farm using Little Crop Circles™.
Growing Peppers - A farm using one acre of Little Crop Circles™ growing peppers will produce on average 840 peppers per crop circle and 176,400 peppers per acre. An average wholesale price of 0.30 cents each would earn a gross profit of $52,960 per acre before expenses. A retail price of 0.80 cents would more than double that to $141,200. A tighter configuration using more Little Crop Circles™ or wider plant growth rings could double that again.
Growing Pumpkins - A farm using one acre of Little Crop Circles™ growing pumpkins will produce on average 200 pumpkins per crop circle and 200,000 pumpkins per acre. An average wholesale price of 0.10 cents per ppund and an average weight of 10 pounds each would earn a gross profit of $200,000 per acre before expenses. A market retail price of 0.25 cents would more than double that to $500,000.
Growing Tomatoes - A farm using one acre of Little Crop Circles™ growing tomatoes will produce on average 1,440 tomatoes per crop circle and 302,400 tomatoes per acre. An average wholesale price of 0.80 cents per pound each would earn a gross profit of $241,920 per acre before expenses. A retail price of $2 per pound would more than double that to $604,800. A tighter configuration using more Little Crop Circles™ could double that again.
Growing Cucumbers - A farm using one acre of Little Crop Circles™ growing cucumbers will produce on average 1,260 cucumbers per crop circle and 126,000 cucumbers per acre. An average wholesale price of 0.25 cents each would earn a gross profit of $31,500 per acre before expenses. A retail price of 0.60 cents would more than double that to $75,600.
Growing Beans - A farm using one acre of Little Crop Circles™ growing beans will produce on average 5,280 bush beans per crop circle and 1,108,800 bush beans per acre. An average wholesale price of 0.03 cents each would earn a gross profit of $33,264 per acre before expenses. A retail price of 0.06 cents would double that to $66,528. A tighter configuration using more Little Crop Circles™ or wider plant growth rings could double that again.
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