Closed-Loop Farming

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Closed-Loop Farming
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes The nationwide lockdowns in response to the pandemic — and the resulting interruptions in the supply chain — have highlighted the vulnerability of our food sources for many Americans. As a result, interest in homesteading has never been higher.  Within this homesteading movement, a phenomenon called closed-loop farming is gaining popularity. In a nutshell, this is small-scale farming that doesn’t utilize outside resources or produce any waste (it’s sometimes called “zero-waste farming”). In theory, the farmer never has to leave home. He or she can grow, raise, and produce everything needed for a comfortable lifestyle, and every component is recycled continuously. Summed up, nothing comes in and nothing goes out.  Closed-loop farming is small-scale farming that doesn’t utilize outside resources or produce any waste. In theory, the farmer never has to leave home. Chickens and other fowl are an integral part of closed-loop farming. Historically, closed-loop farming used to be common. If you recall your Laura Ingalls

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