Farm One Acre
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.
|"It used to be the farmer worked the soil. Now, global agribusiness works the farmer"|
Farms Are Becoming Smaller
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 less than 55 acres and 10 percent of all farms 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 from 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 crops in a variety of environments including conventional greenhouses, under grow lights, in fields and on rooftops.
There are essentially three ways to use these high density food production technologies; in cities, small villages and traditional field farming.
Community gardens are the modern version of the Victory Garden made popular in Britain during the Second World War to alleviate fresh food shortages. Today, community gardens are typically created by non-profits to help feed low income persons, however as concerns over the price and quality of food increase, more middle income people are adding garden containers to the urban farming landscape. Community gardens strengthen community bonds, provide food, and create recreational and therapeutic opportunities for a community. They can also promote environmental awareness and provide community education; great for school field trips. People are using all types of garden containers in all kinds of spaces to grow all types of vegetables to be part of a community garden.
Feed A Village
Feed a village by placing a high density food production product at every household. Create a sustainable food supply for the entire village year after year by simply doubling pots per household.
Traditional field farming is expensive and not very productive compared to farming with New Leaf food production products. Rather than tilling and planting an entire field in rows mechanically or by hand, farmers can create high production food stations spaced evenly on raised food runways separated by natural earthways.
Depending on the types of crops grown, growers can choose to grow with Miracle Pots™; a larger diameter pot suitable for leaf vegetables, beans, peppers and tomatoes or Companion Planters™; a smaller diameter planter ideal for vine crops such as cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelon, squash and melons.
Miracle Pots™ are 44 inches wide and 21 inches tall and match the vegetable production of a 200-foot row in a cultivated field.
Companion Planters™ are 22 inches wide and 21 inches tall and grow more vine type vegetables than traditional trench and hill growing techniques.
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