Hi, I am in Adelaide, SA and have my own small(ish) plot. I have been wondering what to do with it for a few years now and have cleaned up the rubbish on it (what a shite job...). I am struggling to find any true inspiration here in Adelaide to follow a good path in becoming self sufficient(at least). Now the big questions I am pondering at the moment is where do we draw the line in the sand when small plot personal horticulture becomes Efficient Agriculture/permaculture?
I define "small plot personal horticulture" as those who thry to convey a "green and organic" message but is this really true? Where do modern day efficiencies come in? I have seen all too often the "permaculture specialists" on 50 acres or less attempting to make good needy plantations at the expense of the broader environment... Therefore, why do they continue their practices with 30 year old greasy tractors that drop half a pint of crusty diesel oil over their "certified organic crops" before they have finished with the first acre annually???? Know where I am coming from?? Modern techniques and technology need to play a part in our credibility to be truly viable.
I define "efficient agriculture" as that used by indusrty today where the direction of machinery is controlled by GPS navigation to avoid "over tilling(fuel consumption) using modern machinery that has a true advantage environmentally(Catalytic converters, particulate filters and modern gaskets to hold the petroleum products in!!). Methane/heavy gas capture from waste water/composting systems, Energy used in manufacture of solar panels vs energy saved over their life... etc,etc.
As I said, there is no inspiration for me in Adelaide(even from the "supposed best"), so can anybody offer any guidance here?