Local Sustainable (Naylor Farm VS Polyface Farm (The Polyface farm is…
Naylor Farm VS Polyface Farm
The Polyface farm almost uses everything. Almost all the food comes from the sun. This farm has no pesticides, no artificial fertilizer, no pollution, and no extra waste.
The Naylor farm is industrial it has annual species, mono-culture, fossil fuels, global markets, and imported fertility.
The Polyface farm is ecological it has, perennial species, diverse crop species, solar energy, local markets, and local fertility.
It runs on fossil fuels it produces so much waste and pollution
The Naylor farm does have antibiotics, feedlots, pesticides, artificial fertilizer, and processing plants.
The Polyface farm is cleaner than the Naylor farm.
George Naylor's industrial farm run like factories. They put in raw materials like seed and fertilizer, it either comes out corn or soybeans.
Joel leaves the manure where it lands pg.193
The 450 acres of forest is important part of the farm operation pg.196
George Naylor works his fields mabey fifty days a year pg.195
He does not work the whole year
He does not care where the manure lands
there was an increase in the earth worm traffic
as a result of that, the pasture will be in better shape. the soil will be deeper, more fertile, and even springier underfoot
The whole procces is powered by the sun
this means that no fossil fuels, added fertilizer or chemicals is needed
Joe calls his hens his "sanitation crew"
in the pasture, they pick tasty grubs and fly larvae out of the cowpats
eating the grubs and larvae cuts down on bugs and parasites
the bugs and parasites are what lives in or on the cow, they also bother the cow
the chickens are nibbling on the grasses
when they do that they are adding a few thousand pounds of nitrogen to the pasture with their own droppings
after a few weeks, the grasses will feed the cows again
By the end if the season, Salatin's animals would have transformed his grasses into an astounding amount of food
it seems the chickens dont like fresh manure so he waits three to four days before brining them in
that gives a chance for the larvae to fatten up nicely, the way the hens like but not quite long enough to hatch into flies
the protien and richness of the larvae diet makes the chickens eggs unusually rich and tasty
The eggmobile looks like a cross between a henhouse and a covered wagon from the old west.
Joel was bolting the eggmobile with the hitch of his tractor.
"I'm convinced an Eggmobile would be worth it even if the chickens never laid an single egg," Joel told me.
The eggmobile is one of Joel's proudest innovations.
The Polyface farm raises chicken, beef, turkeys, eggs, rabbits, and pigs. Including tomatoes, sweet corn, grapes, and berries