RPCV couple and their California “Singing Frogs Farm”(Gambia)
Singing Frogs is a small farm—just three cultivated acres—but they are reaping BIG results using Regenerative Farming methods. They’ve increased the organic matter in their soil by 400% in just six years, without nutrient leaching, while almost tripling the total microbial life in the soil. They’ve also dramatically reduced their water usage per crop, starting at three hours of drip irrigation every other day and now down to about 20-30 minutes per week (when they need to irrigate at all).
But that’s not the biggest news from a farmer’s point of view. Singing Frogs Farm is also highly productive and profitable. They grow vegetables year round with 5-7 harvests per year—most farms average 1-2 harvests. This, of course, has led to much higher revenue. In northern California most other farms average $14,000 in gross revenue per acre. The Kaisers report roughly $100,000 in vegetable sales per crop acre per year. That is six times the state average using no sprays of any kind, not even organic ones. Half of the revenue is used to pay employees who also enjoy the job security that comes from year round work.
Three basic principles guide what they do: 1) disturb the soil as little as possible, 2) keep a wide diversity of plants (about 140 different crops) in the ground as much as possible and 3) keep the ground covered and protected as much as possible throughout the year.
Singing Frogs Farm is thrilled to be sharing their techniques with others. Visit their website to learn about their educational workshops, consultations and Farm Tours).
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Wonderful what you are doing. could you email this to me so I can share with our
Community Garden colleag ues in Maine. Thanks, Steve Crabtree
I would think this is revolutionary. What great work! Is Peace Corps investigating the possibility of training Volunteers to use these methods? Draught caused by climate change may be one reason for the migration from the Northern Triangle countries in Central America.
Great idea, Joanne!