According to the United States Department of Agriculture (1): "Sustainable agriculture is farming in such a way to protect the environment, aid and expand natural resources and to make the best use of nonrenewable resources."
"The term ''sustainable agriculture'' (U.S. Code Title 7, Section 3103) means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will over the long-term:
- Satisfy human food and fiber needs.
- Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends.
- Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls.
- Sustain the economic viability of farm operations.
- Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole."
In this section of Yardener, we will provide articles and information regarding sustainable agriculture. Yardeners interested in sustainable agriculture are also invited to "Ask Elsa A Question". Elsa is well-versed in sustainable agriculture and passionate about sharing sustainable planting and growing techniques with other gardeners. Feel free to ask Elsa questions relating to gardening and/or sustainability!