hurrey for bigger harvests

Last week I went to a conference that couldn't have looked more promising. Focusing on climate change and the potential for new crops this was at last some visioning, some attention to climate change adaptation rather than just mitigation. Big cheeses from DEFRA, the NFU, the UK Climate Impacts Programme, the Royal Agricultural Society of England, Marks and Spencer and more lined up to speak.



Two of eight speakers mentioned new crops. Both said there wouldn't be any. Most said that agriculture would receive an overall boost as predictions indicated that the broad-acre crops that dominate this country would enjoy the increased atmospheric CO2 and longer hotter season that come with climate change. All used it to bemoan the government and/or press only their own specialism as the saviour of farming. No mention all day of the word organic or any other contributors to a low carbon farming future. GM is apparently the way ahead. That and a little water conservation.

And that was the sum of what the bright minds of the powers that care for our ccountryside could come up with in the face of climate change. Heart sinkingly, mind numbingly depressing.

If that's it, we may as well all fly ourselves silly

small is beautifully bountiful

"There is an inverse relationship between the size of farms and the amount of crops they produce per hectare. The smaller they are, the greater the yield" Monbiot on the button as ever


and it seems like maybe we are too (which makes a nice change)....on our 17 acres we are currently growing small to medium (minimum 40 trees) crops of....
olives
apricots
apples
grapes
persimmons
pecans
medlars
quince
almonds
mulberries
szechuan pepper
nepalese pepper
japanese pepper
cut flowers
artichokes
bay
peaches
carolina allspice

farming today

After a few weeks head down getting the vineyard set up, I seem to have need some time away from writing about it

Almost time to squeeze out another blog, but until then, maybe I can get away with posting me talking on farming today last week rather than writing?

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