"For me, sustainable farming is taking all elements into consideration and ensuring that there is regeneration- elements being the land (soil and plants), animals, humans and natural resources. It's really important to me that the amount of energy going into the farm or crops or animals is not greater than what comes out. Any system that requires more input than output is not going to be a lasting system since eventually all resources are limited."
"I've always been keen on nature and biology, and the interest in farming came when I had the opportunity to start working some land next to my house. From there I did more research on different kinds of farming and sustainable practices. The more I studied the more I realized so many systems are not sustainable and require much more input. Another big thing was the huge amounts of monoculture (only planting one crop) that goes on all around me with the rice farming, as it requires large amounts of chemical inputs and leaves the farmers with little control over their crops since they need to buy hybrid grains every year. I wanted to show that it is possible to grow a massive variety of crops (polyculture) all together and get good yields with reduced chemical inputs," Pflaum went on to explain.
"At home pretty much anyone can start composting or vermiposting (using worms). There are lots of cheap and easy systems to set up that don't smell. That's a big thing, a lot of people think compost will stink but if you have enough carbon in there and just give it a bit of monitoring it won't smell. Both of those solutions are really easy and it creates soil which can be used to start growing things, even if just for salad greens or herbs on the windowsill," Nathan recommended.