Posted 08-14-2001 at 03:12:40
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On your definition of Holistic.
I avoid artificial fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides wherever possible. I use maybe 10 pounds of 10-10-10 for my potatoes, the occasional handful of Sevin dust if the tater bugs get ahead of the chickens, and I tried some Roundup on 30 feet of inaccessible fencerow, but that's it.
I compost everything, and use that for fertilizing my pastures. I use rotational grazing. All my animals (15 sheep, 1 llama, 35+/- layers, 50 meat birds and a dozen turkeys) are raised humanely in clean, well-ventilated quarters with plenty of fresh air and sunshine. They are well fed and cared for with regular hoof trimming and worming, etc.
I rotate crops in the garden, pay a lot of attention to the condition and health of my soil, and select crops, grasses, trees and shrubs that are matched to the area, my soil and drainage, and existing flora.
That probably doesn't meet the strict definition of "holistic farming" but it's a far cry from most commercial production practices.