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Village Farming Communities


In the villages I have been describing so far, I have continued to let the hamlets do all their own farm work. This means that our hamlets will continue to give a large amount of very practical work to all their members. This was also the easiest thing for me to do (so I could still use all my previous diagrams).
            But, if a village community as a whole want’s to do less work, then it would be easier for the village to do some of agricultural work using larger machines (e.g. combined harvesters etc). This is mostly what nations have been doing since the industrial revolution took place about 100 years ago.
            So this is what this chapter is all about. My large diagram below shows one way this village farm could be formed.

 


You can see that in this diagram, all the land near the borders of the village (and furthest from the town centre) is now given over for village farming. But the village should not do all the farming. It is still better, if each hamlet continues to do those jobs that don’t require large machines. So I think it is best, if each hamlet continues to: a) do most of their vegetable gardening; b) harvests their own fruit trees; c) looks after its own poultry and d) milks their own cows. This is all shown in the hamlet areas of my diagram above.

 

The most important agricultural work, which the whole village should do, is to produce the essential grain (wheat doing the winter and maize during the summer). I do this at the top and bottom edges. Then the other crops the village should mainly produce in their side areas are perhaps: Vegetables, Rice, Potatoes and Beans. So I show these products on the sides.
            Of course, the village people must have easy access to their farming lands. So this diagram has been altered slightly so that there are 4 yellow paths leading from the village to their agricultural area (up, down and sideways).
            I still give this village community reasonable amount land for wildlife and recreation. This land now lies between village agricultural land and the hamlet lands. This land can now be accessed easily by all the village people. This will be better for the social life of the whole village. So village people could play games in this park and people could go for nice pleasant runs going around the park behind all the hamlets. (But you can see that each hamlet still has a little wildlife park for itself as well.)

 

The village must have room for dams and possibly water collection as well. In this diagram I have assumed that our dams are beneath our agricultural area and that our agricultural area is partially covered so some water vapour can be reused. This is described in my chapter “Green Hamlets – Integrated”. If this system can’t be made to work, then we must use the system I describe in my chapter “Green Agriculture”. So the size of this “Green Farming Village” must either be 1.25 km x 1.25 km or 1.75 km x 1.75 km - depending on which system is actually chosen.

 

This photo shows me with my brothers playing

with our goats. In later years my daily job was to

actually milk these goats.

 

My next normal webpage is: "Green Town-States".

 

          You might now also like to look back at:

either my "Home Page" (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages),

or "Green Living" (which introduces this major set of webpages),

or "Forming Green Communities", (which introduces this set of webpages).

 

Updated: 28/10/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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