1. To be sure, the wave of grass-based livestock farming now sweeping the planet is an advancement over the nutritionally inferior, inefficient and ecologically devastating practices utilized by industrial (CAFO) livestock operations. The question posited by this video is "If the goal is a farming system that produces ecologically and nutritionally superior food, why stop with Euro-centric grass based farming?" This question is explored from the perspective of a farmer transitioning to what may be the ultimate frontier in farming, farming the wild - also known as Krofting. For more information go to erdakroft.com.

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  2. Unable to find any good videos of alpacas being professionally sheared, Paul McCreary and I teamed up to make this short documentary to showcase the process.
    Alpacas produce the most sustainable fiber there is. To grow cotton, flax (linen) or hemp requires the destruction of a native ecosystem to make way for one of these "mono-crops". My alpacas produce fiber from intact native ecosystems. The cultivation, harvest and processing of cotton in the US releases countless tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Raising alpacas the way I do sequesters more CO2 than is generated by the rearing and shearing process, with processing being done by hand. Much of the cotton grown in the US goes to Asia to be made into textiles that are then shipped back to our local Walmart or Gap stores (we think our food travels a long way!). Selling my alpaca fleece to regional fiber artists negates this transport issue. For more information about localizing textile production go to; fibershed.com

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  3. Another short documentary by Paul McCreary. In this work Paul asks a number of Baja Arizona residents about the pressing issues that come with living in the militarized region of the US - the border with Mexico. Here, the longest running and most expensive war in US history, the war on drugs - which began under Nixon - continues. The Border patrol, the border wall, tax reform and a mysterious question about Far Wood are some of the topics. The answers span the political gamut. Serious, funny, outrageous and as always, informative.

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  4. #urbanite
    Urbanite is broken up concrete slabs, a recycled resource that is gaining in popularity around the world. The worldwide production of cement and concrete generates nearly 10% of all C02 in the atmosphere. Interestingly, using urbanite in ways shown here can help remove CO2 from the air and sequester it into the soil as carbon. For nearly 20 years I've been using urbanite on my farm to create rainwater harvesting catchments, turn hillsides into terraced gardens and to build gabions to stop soil erosion. All of these applications generate more vegetation which sequesters more C02. Furthermore, behind all of these urbanite retaining walls are huglekultures, which themselves sequester a lot of CO2. For more info on huglekultures go to the archived blog "Stumbling into hugelkulutres" at http://www.erdakroft.com
    Urbanite and hugelkultures have become a significant component of Krofting.

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  5. #Krofting - Organic and sustainable farming practices are often neither. Regenerative, pasture based farming is the new kid on the block and Joel Salatin's Polyface farm (http://www.polyfacefarms.com) provides a great example. Alas, the verdant pastures at Polyface are not to be found here in Baja Arizona, so in 1999, after 15 years of experimenting, I began practicing a form of farming patterned on native game and the local ecosystem.
    But Krofting also considers the impact of the other two basic human needs, textiles and shelter. The European crofters of yore developed highly regenerative systems for all three needs, but European solutions don't work everywhere. To aid in moving away from Euro-centric crops and livestock, I've taken the liberty to add new information about water, soil, CO2 and the concept of stewarding native ecosystems to create a system that can be implemented anywhere. Hence the name, Krofting.
    In short, Krofting is a low CO2 production, high CO2 sequestration lifestyle and farming system. I present some concepts in this video as guidelines for Krofting. Subscribe to receive more videos on this topic. For more information go to http://www.erdakroft.com

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Erda Kroft Farm

Krofter

Erda Kroft is a 100% solar powered farm in the high savanna of Baja Arizona. Here, fleece from alpacas, meat and lard from heritage American Guinea hogs, cheese and butter from Nubian goats, along with meat and eggs from heirloom turken chickens are…


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Erda Kroft is a 100% solar powered farm in the high savanna of Baja Arizona. Here, fleece from alpacas, meat and lard from heritage American Guinea hogs, cheese and butter from Nubian goats, along with meat and eggs from heirloom turken chickens are all produced on native pastures.
Krofting is a low C02 production/high carbon sequestration agricultural system.
The videos offer solutions to the major agricultural issues of our time. Thanks for watching. For more info go to erdakroft.com

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