By Brian Berletic
When some think about organic agriculture they think of a throwback to a simpler era of traditional, idyllic techniques that cannot possibly compete with modern big-agriculture. However, they would be wrong. Organic agriculture simply means the lack of chemicals being sprayed on crops as fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides as well as a lack of artificial laboratory-borne genetic manipulation.
It does not, however, mean other means of boosting efficiency cannot be used such as automation, precision irrigation, sensors, data loggers, solar energy, and other methods new and old, high-tech and low-tech.
At a Phetchaburi organic workshop, a local network of organic farmers converged to impart their knowledge on other farmers and prospective farmers. Most remarkable about this network is the age of most of the farmers, many of whom are in their 50s and 60s...