I get the farm fresh, or farm market, or grass fed, or what have you, type of marketing. It ebbs and flows in popularity, and I like it.
But I don't see how it is different as far as 'sustainable' one way or the other?
I'm certainly not against it. Just don't get how one way of farming is more sustainable than the other somehow.
Its like advertising some meat or gain as 'chemical free'. Well. Everything is made of chemicals, including the most purest organic pork...... It seems to be some sort of false advertising.
Again, most certainly not opposed to it, its the cool hands on segment of farming, should be more of it!
But - then we get into these buzz words of sustainable or chemical free, and it kinda makes a person mad, when it is clearly such false advertising. Unfortunately.
If you haul a pig to town, you need to either haul that same amount of nutrient back to your farm, or you need to rob your soil of the nutrients you hauled away.
Just like any conventional farmer. Got to be one way or another.
Nothing especially sustainable one way over the other? If you need to haul in manure to keep your farm in good shape, where does that manure come from? You are robbing someone. If you use fish broth or kelp, it has to come from somewhere - you take away from someone else. That is no more sustainable than hauling in commercial fertilizer to keep your soil healthy and well for decades to come......
Again, I'm for what it is you are doing. Not against te market farms at all, wish there were more!
Just don't care for the false advertising is all.