Organic Farmer is Grossing $100k Per Acre Of Land This Year
By Jenna Barrington
One of the biggest supposed benefits of GMO crops is that they can help us eliminate world hunger. But is modifying our foods in a lab and using powerful toxic pesticides and herbicides really the only way to accomplish that goal?
According to Paul Kaiser, the answer is a definite NO.
Paul is what some people are calling the “drought fighter”, “controversial farmer” or “mad genius” who lives and works on his organic farm in Sonoma Valley, California.
The last two seasons he’s pulled in $100,000 per acre of land, which is TEN TIMES the amount other farmers in the area are making.
How is he doing it?
Not only do Paul’s methods make him a healthy annual salary (who knew a farmer could make as much as a lawyer?) but he uses WAY less water than most farmers. This is very significant, especially considering that California is still in a major drought – and most farmers are paying black market prices just to get enough water to save their crops.
Kaiser has created a successful system using what he calls:
The 3 Rules of Soil Health
Rule #1- Keep roots in the ground as much as possible.
Rule #2- Keep the soil covered as much as possible.
Rule #3- Disturb the soil as little as possible.
Seem too simple? Paul also uses a LOT of this top-notch “super” fertilizer on his land: compost.
That’s right. Rotten food scraps and rotten plants are one of Paul’s secrets to growing so much food on his “small” farm.
Paul only has about 8 acres of land, you see. And he is taking very good care of it. Recently a group of agricultural specialists came to Paul’s farm to test the depth and quality of his top soil using a four-foot steel pole. The specialists, who are normally only able to push the pole down less than a foot on other farms due to hard-pan, were able to push the entire pole into the ground all over Paul’s farm.
Paul only spends about an hour of the week watering his plants using a cleaver drip irrigation system that ensures all his water is actually received by the plants and not just evaporated into the air. Many farmers are still using sprinkler systems which pump out a ton of water but only get a small amount into the actual soil.
Paul keeps most of his precious soil covered with thick, acrylic black blankets that last him up to 10 years.
Paul Kaiser’s story carries a lot of hope for farmers around the globe who are still committed to simple, organic farming and who want to earn a living doing so. Paul’s methods are proving that we DO NOT NEED toxic chemicals to keep our plants bug free.
Support farmers like Paul by buying food locally whenever possible and making sure big companies know exactly what kind of food we want and are willing to buy!
Use this tool to find local farmers near you.
Jenna Barrington is studying Therapeutic Nutrition and Holistic Medicine and aspires to be a practitioner, teacher and writer. She is passionate about education and helping others take control of their health.
Jenna lives with her husband in Utah and loves writing, cooking, green smoothies, training her dog, Japanese, spending time at the ocean, bungee jumping, walking barefoot in the grass and being with her family.
Latest posts by Jenna Barrington (see all)
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS