©2019 Scott Strough
I have a plan already devised to reverse global warming to begin with. The plan is not for me. It is for the children and grandchildren of the world, so they have the tools to deal with climate challenges.
But of course this plan is much more than I can do alone. So I have devised a master plan that bridges the gap between personal responsibility and broad all encompassing plans such as above.
I start with learning everything I can on the subject. You can too.
I scored 96%. There are other courses there for more in depth studies too. Soil science courses etc…. But this gets you started with a firm foundation in science.
Matthew 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”
I also have been working on an agricultural experiment and series of trials I call my Red Baron Project.
For my project I am using various principles:
Principle 1: No till and/or minimal till with mulches used for weed control
Principle 2: Minimal external inputs
Principle 3: Living mulches to maintain biodiversity
Principle 4: Companion planting
Principle 5: The ability to integrate carefully controlled modern animal husbandry (optional)
Principle 6: Capability to be mechanized for large scale or low labor for smaller scale
Principle 7: As organic as possible, while maintaining flexibility to allow non-organic growers to use the methods
Principle 8: Portable and flexible enough to be used on a wide variety of crops in many areas of the world
Principle 9: Sustainable ie. beneficial to the ecology and wildlife
Principle 10: Profitable ie. Must yield higher net profits than industrial high input Ag with all its synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to compete successfully.
This research is self funded and through crowdfunding and the results will be available free for all. I would also ask humbly that anyone else interested in helping to try it out even in a small test plot themselves. The small scale I have been working on 5 years has had better than expected results. I am confident any gardener could use them. You can find out a bit better how I am accomplishing this according to these principles here:
And of course I am slowly working on expanding this to develop a demonstration farm as a model that can be embedded into a community as a farm to fork demonstration farm. This allows it to both scale up to commercial, and also show other farmers who are already at scale how to make changes so they too can sequester carbon in the soil and make much higher profits while providing much higher quality food too! A win/win/win for everybody.
I made a YouTube account with a multitude of informative playlists teaching regenerative agricultural techniques from all over the world.
I still need the capital investment for my first demonstration farm to fork, but I am working on that as we speak. You can help:
Next step is to repeat the demonstration farm to fork business model at least 20 times in the top 50 American cities and link them together into a farmers co-op. That will give us 1000 hubs and community meeting places for like minded people, and each of those hubs will be the center of a community of dozens of local regenerative farmers.
I won’t be competing with any already in place agricultural infrastructure, rather I will be helping them too! We have approximately 60 years +/- to get this turned around.
Time is of the essence. So we include, train and absorb rather than exclude and complete with every farmer willing to join. When the storms and floods and droughts come, we will be ready with a farming community using more resilient agricultural practices that can take it!
We will have built the safety net. When our neighbors farms continue failing like they are already.
According to USDA-NASS, Census of Agriculture, only 46.1% of farmers have net positive income from farming. Yes that’s right, even in the US where 100’s of billions are spent on food subsidies annually, most farmers lose money and must take outside off the farm jobs just to make ends meet. My plan is profitable, so I am one of the lucky few, but I just don’t own enough land to make a living from it yet. It needs scaled up first. So I too, like 93% of farmers, had off-farm income to make ends meet. Either they have the land and lose money, or they make money, but don’t have enough land. It’s a catch 22 for 93% of all US farmers. (and it was designed that way too, but that’s for another discussion) We will be there to help them make the changes needed to save both their land and at the same time their own part in saving world civilization from AGW.
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
I am an organic farmer. I am not afraid of change. I am the change.
About Scott Strough, Retired Marine Engineer Currently a Lunatic Farmer and Agricultural Researcher:
I grew up on a small homestead type farm. We grew a 1/2 acre garden, a small orchard with cherries, peaches and apples, A milk goat named Salley, 200+ chickens, and a whole bunch of rabbits, 3 beef cows, strawberry patch etc… You get the idea. All us kids were active in Scouts and 4H. Pretty typical rural US childhood. And this little homestead was right square in the middle of a huge commercial farmer’s corn field. Across the road was another slightly smaller commercial farmer, who also grew corn etc… But just enough to feed his pastured pig and beef cow operation. As soon as I could work I was working on those neighbors’ farms.