Sabbatical Fallowing – with John Earney

The interview in this show was recorded in August 2015 while I was visiting my daughter in New Plymouth. I visited with organic farmer John Earney who is a certified organic farm located in Eastern Taranaki, New Zealand.

I could interview John on a multitude of subjects from cheese making, to rearing free ranging pigs to compositing – but for this show I chat with John about sabbatical fallowing, what it is and how it can be used to manage the land organically and productively.

Sabbatical fallowing is the ancient farming method of allowing a pasture to rest or go fallow from early spring to late autumn with 1/7th of the farm being allowed to go fallow at any one time. Listen to this show to find out how and why it is so great for the soil. Find out how it is employed with animals as part of the system. John and I discuss ways in which it can apply to the urban gardener.

To listen to this programme about Sabbatical Fallowing please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=ccf42643-c6f9-4213-98c1-6a190346345b

For more information –

This programme was originally broadcast on  the  12th November 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City. The radio show Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard, a Sustainability Educator and Facilitator.

John Earney at his farm - Avonstour Organics

John Earney at his farm – Avonstour Organics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dense vegetation over rich soil during the sabbatical fallow

Dense vegetation over rich soil during the sabbatical fallow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaf litter adds to the humus content of the soil

Leaf litter adds to the humus content of the soil

Grazing animals, introduced in succession, are part of the sabbatical fallowing system

Grazing animals, introduced in succession, are part of the sabbatical fallowing system

 

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