Team G Ranch is one of the few farms in Texas that takes a unique approach to educate people about agriculture and that is through therapy. The owners of the ranch believe that working in harmony with the land brings people closer to God. This proves to be a great path to take when on a journey of healing while also learning about self-sustainability, gardening, and animal care.
Crop rotation is the practice of growing a series of dissimilar crops or different types of crops in the same area in sequenced seasons. This is done so that the soil nutrients are preserved and not used only for one set of plants. It helps to reduce soil erosion and increases fertility and crop yield. With rotation, in contrast to monocropping, a crop that leaches the soil of one kind of nutrient is followed during the next growing season by a crop that returns that nutrient to the soil or draws a different ratio of nutrients. This also helps to mitigate pest and disease problems, and can help improve soil structure and fertility by increasing biomass from varied root structures. It is utilized in both conventional and organic farming systems and has been historically very prevalent since ancient times.
The term “grass fed” (as opposed to grain fed) refers to meat obtained from cows that were raised on a diet of grass and other forage, such as clover; situated in pasture and, when fresh grass is unavailable, hay. This helps to denote the difference between livestock that has been raised in feedlots and generally fed a diet of soy and corn, versus animals that have had access to their natural feeding environment in pasture, which contains grasses, wildflowers, and herbs. This term overlaps with “pasture-raised” and will usually be seen together. Grass-fed beef is also believed to taste better, and be better for the environment, too. There are several organizations that offer a certification for Grass Fed, such as the American Grassfed Association, Certified Grassfed by A Greener World, and Pasture for Life, to name a few.
Some of the businesses listed in our directory will be using the same principles as Certified Naturally Grown farmers, but without the certification. Certifications can often be expensive and time consuming for most farmers to participate in, and therefore we feel it is important to acknowledge those who practice good land stewardship, without certification.
No-till farming is also known as zero tillage or direct drilling.This practice minimises soil disturbance while growing crops or pasture. No-till farming decreases the amount of soil erosion that tillage can cause in certain soils, as well as increasing the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil, retention of organic matter, and nutrient cycling. Some no-tillage systems rely on large amounts of herbicides to control weeds. However, tillage is dominant in agriculture today. Low-till and no-till methods are increasingly being utilized in poly-cultivation and may include the use of shallow disc harrowing, but does not allow plowing.
A set of design principles centered on whole systems thinking, simulating, or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. The term was coined by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in 1978, and originally meant “permanent agriculture” but has expanded to include “permanent culture”. Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature, and thinking of plants and animals as multi-faceted rather than treating them as single product systems.
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