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The Natural Step at Bertrand Farm

Hello, Chris here. I am happy to announce that Bertrand Farm is adopting the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD). As part of my internship at Bertrand Farm (BFI) I am walking BFI through the FSSD framework and I would like to share it in my blogs as well. I have been studying sustainability as my minor at IUSB over the last few semesters. In learning about sustainability, I have also learned about the non-profit organization called The Natural Step (TNS). The framework was created by TNS for businesses, organizations and families including people like you and me. The framework that we are adopting is going to help us become more sustainable by defining sustainability, while also providing a strategic approach to becoming more sustainable in our practices of farming. Perhaps you would like to join us in becoming more sustainable by adopting the framework for your home or business. The FSSD framework defines sustainability as: Meeting our current needs, without compromising the ability for future people to meet their own needs as well. Our goal continues to be, working toward creating a sustainable society.

Here is a short video that explains the FSSD framework, The Natural Step and sustainability.

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Reducing our dependence on resources that are taken from the Earth is one of our guiding objectives of TNS.  Petroleum oil is a resource that we are trying to eliminate or greatly reduce  at Bertrand Farm. The work of pigs and chickens can help us naturally.

 Our pigs and the chickens forage for different food, which is an advantage to us. The pigs like to forage on the lettuce, radish, beets and turnips that we planted for them. In foraging, they tear up the ground and spread the compost around, which is beneficial to us as farmers. We then move the pasturing area and let the chickens take over. The chickens will forage in the area that the pigs were working in. The chickens work by eating unwanted insects and new shoots of grass that come up from the compost and ground. Without the chickens, we would normally have to till the soil because of the grass shoots that could take over the soon to be planting area. With the cooperative foraging and soil mixing between the pigs and the chickens, we do not need to use the tractor to till, mix the compost pile and spread the compost in the areas that we  pastured the pigs and chickens. Ultimately, our cooperative pasturing techniques are lessening our dependence on petroleum.



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