The GROW BIOINTENSIVE Method is a culmination of 47 years of experience, research and development-- resulting in a truly sustainable mini-farming system that focuses on growing a complete diet on as little land as possible, while using the least amount of water and resources as possible. By focusing on growing soil, then crops, GROW BIOINTENSIVE quickly replenishes top soil and organic matter, and creates a symbiotic relationship between plants , insects and microbes. By fostering biodiversity and soil health, GROW BIOINTENSIVE can significantly increase yields, while using a fraction of the natural resources compared with conventional farming.
Feeding the World
GROW BIOINTENSIVE mini-farming is being practiced and taught in over 150 countries around the world.
We believe small scale, localized mini-farming is the answer to malnutrition and starvation, not our current model of chemical mechanized mono-cropping.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE dedicates 60% of the growing area for Compost and Calorie Crops that produce a tremendous amount of dry biomass that nourishes the soil through composting, and a significant amount of calories to feed the farmer.
30% of the area in special root crops that are the most efficient at producing very high amounts of calories per unit of area per unit of time, contributing most of our caloric needs for our diet.
10% of the area in vegetable crops high in vitamins, minerals and amino acids that aren't present in the compost and calorie crops. Part of this 10% can be dedicated towards income producing crops.
This 60-30-10 rule allows GROW BIOINTENSIVE to produce a persons diet for an entire year, in the smallest area possible, while still remaining sustainable by growing enough compost material to give back more to the soil than we take.
The 8 Principals
GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farming uses 8 core principals, which are the key to truly sustainable food raising. By using each principal together, we can grow enough carbon for the compost pile, produce enough calories to feed ourselves, and create a micro-climate in our garden that encourages biodiversity and vitality. If any single principal is overlooked, the system cannot be truly sustainable.