Florida AgroForestry Farm – Integrated Food Methods

This is somewhat just a “note to self” of a place I want to visit next time I’m in Florida.

It is a “demonstration farm”. Not something that can exist without a lot of external inputs. (The second video says they get about 300 “volunteers” per year doing a lot of the labor). BUT, it is a good model of the kinds of things that could be done, on a much smaller scale, in a “backyard homestead”.

It is subtropical oriented; so not going to work well in California without a heck of a lot of cheap water… that we don’t have… nor in Minnesota where their exemplar species would die… But it will work well in large chunks of the world and has “pointers for me” for what works well in Florida once I get there.

They have a LOT of ‘experimental’ stations or ‘demonstration’ stations. Everything from a rubber shop and a smithy for iron works, to cassava grinding and a clay oven. There is a leaning toward tech that will work well in impoverished areas of the 3rd World and they have the tag line of “making what you need from what you have” (which is remarkably like the ethos of all Engineering…). For that reason alone I like it. They “get it” that we are not ‘running out’ of any resources, we are surrounded by resources wherever we are. The only really limited ‘resource’ is the imagination to turn what you have into what you need.

In the second video they show their small aquaculture setup. Some fish in tanks, then circulating the water to a small pond like grow area with hydroponic rafts floating on it. They also have various demonstration sites for all sorts of unusual food crops. Just the species they list as they walk around the farm is worth it. Lots of things you can eat that do not look at all like farmed food.

So it’s on my list of places to see next time I’m in Florida.

There are 2 videos. First one is 24 minutes, second one is 26 minutes.

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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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