HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT AT BEAVERLAND FARMS...

 

 

What is HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT?

Quality of Life Statement

As the owner’s & primary decision makers at Beaverland Farms, Brittney & Kieran believe that financially sustainable and socially beneficial livelihoods are founded on regenerative systems that foster resiliency and independent agency for individuals and communities by building our resource base. All decisions must further secure our ability to lead fulfilling lives and to help others achieve the same by referencing this triple-bottom-line.

 

Statement of Purpose

Our primary goal at Beaverland is to regenerate our landscape in northern Detroit by emulating ecosystem functions with symbiotic farm enterprises which are economically and environmentally resilient, and add stability and security to our neighborhood and larger metropolitan community. Our secondary goal is to leverage the resources and yields of the farm enterprises to empower ourselves and others in developing and undertaking further holistic enterprises.

 

THINGS WE VALUE IN OUR LIVES /// MODES OF PRODUCTION:

  • Beautiful, symbiotic systems which produce high-quality food, fuel, medicine, and community services.

    • We build soil via intelligently integrated plantings, biological development, & holistically planned organism cycles.

    • We restore water, carbon and nutrient cycling by mimicking natural processes

    • We maximize photosynthetic energy captured on site

    • We provide community access to our yields.

    • We live in partnership and respectful relationships with livestock and animals, but place the needs of the farm above their individual desires.

    • We plan for emergent properties which benefit our community.

    • We develop local food resiliency & facilitate access to nutrient-dense food

  • Financial security for ourselves

    • We generate sufficient income from farm to both increase our current production and allow us to build future enterprises at other sites.

    • We minimise non-productive expenditures

    • We innovate in farming and marketing practices

    • We provide products and services which are diverse and complementary

  • Resource security including access to clean water and fresh, nutrient-dense food.

    • We plant trees on and off site to help regulate metropolitan climate and cycle water

    • We design farm systems which produce enough to sustain ourselves as well as to sell.

    • We foster decentralized fuel production

  • Independent and community stability in the face of a lower-energy future.

    • We intercept waste streams and repurpose overlooked resources

    • We avoid major financial risks

    • We search for locally adapted, vernacular solutions and well-built flexible infrastructure.

    • We utilize regenerative technologies and study indigenous knowledge to minimize oil dependence

    • We build skill-sets by engaging and facilitating development opportunities

    • We enhance local and regional economic capacity

  • Health/Self-Care

    • We offer ourselves privacy and the ability to retreat at times from the public engagement of the farm

    • We acknowledge and care for each other and ourselves

    • We study our own functions and needs and accommodate our systems to aid us in living in physical and emotional comfort

    • We breathe clean air.

    • We drink pure living water.

    • We eat nutrient dense food.

    • We sleep well.

    • We live and work in healthy, breathable buildings which are light, warm and dry.

    • We are well-prepared

    • We work to reduce management requirements of system to allow for ample relaxed recreation

    • We maintain a safe and flexible work environment.

  • Communal Networks

    • We live together or near others without allowing encroachment

    • We share our space

    • We practice clear and non-violent communication and education

    • We ensure that our customers, stakeholders, and friends feel a part of a broader positive movement.

    • We are available and willing to help

  • Enjoyment and sense of purpose in our work

    • We share our knowledge and abilities.

    • We share in the perspective of others

    • We build resource abundance that can be shared.

    • We will reassess our holistic objectives and management process with decision makers when appropriate

  • Transparency, professionalism, and integrity in striving for excellence

    • We demonstrate ethical and sustainable profit with an open farm policy

    • We have communicate openly and honestly with visitors, customers, public & wider networks (locally & digitally)

    • We have excellent direct customer relationships & services

    • We deliver as much as or more than is expected or required.

    • We document progress, successes, and failures

    • We are authentic in our interaction with others.

FUTURE RESOURCE BASE

  • Community and Conduct

    • Well-maintained spaces and tools.

    • Community of supportive, mutually-engaged people.

    • Satisfied and returning customers.

    • Competent partners with independent agency over their responsibilities and life direction.

    • Low-input based production

    • Products of tangible value.

    • Documentation and templates for data recording and tools and analysis for accurate measurement and projections.

    • Healthy working relationships with local people and enterprises

    • Effective and broad communication strategies

    • Clear, recognizable brand

    • Multiple income streams from varied farm enterprises

  • Bio-Physical
    • Energy- and fuel-generating systems

    • Owner’s food needs met on site

    • Healthy & maintained perennial systems

    • Developing genetics (Animal & plant breeding)

    • Increasing diversity of wildlife species and health of natural “feedback” loops for disease free production

    • Steady topsoil creation

    • Water filtered and evenly distributed across landscape

    • Self-cycling fertility