Introduction to Eaglerise Farm Philosophies
The Concept of Farm Philosophies is used here to ensure our Mission is clear, that we can refer back to it and check ourselves against it. Farm Philosophies act as a methodology for applying our Mission. The philosophy extends to the farm production, farm environment, domestic environment, community and to our inner self.
There are definite challenges to adopting these philosophies and each time we transgress from one of them, there is a consequence. Our task includes calculating these consequences and determining the ecological cost of our decision. Many times, we accept a short-term loss for a long-term gain. These times are generally economically driven decisions. Unfortunately, economic sustainability finances our environmental achievements.
We accept that no one philosophy is of greater importance than any other. There is no philosophy that will not impact on the sustainability and growth of our farm ecosystem if not followed. Many of our philosophies overlap. This is the result of attempting to define a living ecosystem with narrow descriptors. They are numbered here for reference only.
The next requirement was to develop a way to evaluate compliance of our philosophies. This is necessary to demonstrate, both internally and externally, that the philosophies are attainable and that we are making progress towards a truly ethically, organic, regenerative food production system. The external compliance is vital to demonstrate to the broader community and officials that this paradigm is achievable ecologically and economically. We have developed Ecological Performance Indicators (EPIs) to demonstrate compliance with our philosophies. For each of our philosophies, I ask, “How can we measure this environmentally? Productively? Socially? Economically? And Introspectively?
The Thinking Stump