EARTH SUSTAINING SCIENCES
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS THROUGH SCIENCE
Purely Natural Intergenerationally
Symbiotic Intergenerationally Ecosocietally Sustainable Culture and Agriculture
MORE THAN ITS ARTISTIC, SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL WORKS, THE GREATEST HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT IS THE RECOGNITION OF ITS OWN DYSFUNCTION.
It is time to embrace realities and deliver actual solutions.
Qualified through technical ability, guidance, practical experience and adherence to sound ethics, this approach applied in most communities, environments and cultures at most times improves economic, ecological and societal circumstances.
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY SCIENCE APPLICATION IN BENEFICIAL DESIGN
The Earth Sustaining Sciences Institute multidisciplinary sciences applications to agriculture through the integration of SymECulture - Intergenerationally Ecosocietally Sustainable (Economic, high-yield Ecologically, Environmentally and Societally Intergenerationally Sustainable fully bioorganic polyculture regenerative systems) allows for exponential progression which appropriately synthesizers various disciplines to reach rapidly deliverable ecosocietally sound solutions to both simple and complex situations. In this case, the multidisciplinary science application refers to the research and knowledge determined set of flexible activities that synergistically transform the commercial and natural environment for the societal serving production of animals and plants. The technically achieved solutions are simply applied tilling techniques comprising the continuation and enhancement of naturally occurring biological processes focusing upon minimum change for maximum benefit including research and development of: Production techniques, (land use, companion cropping, bioorganic fertigation), Improving productivity, quantity and quality with appropriate natural change, minimising the effects of pests on crop, animal and natural systems cooperatively maximising health and vitality, Transformation of primary products value adding into single stage processes, Prevention and correction of adverse environmental effects (soil and water degradation management), excess water use, over fertilisation, waste management and energy consumption) Balanced theoretical/practical crop production and ecology modelling, Effective use of the various sciences relating to agricultural resources and the environment, i.e. soil science, agriclimatology, biology of crops and animals (crop science, animal science and their included sciences, ruminant nutrition, animal welfare), economics, rural sociology and agricultural engineering, Balance between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and interface enhancement upstream and downstream.
Preservation of natural systems, aquifer protection and surface water management delivering intergenerationally sustainable productivity. Land design that ensures the agricultural applications encourage natural habitat and land forms enhancing biodiversity. Water conscious functional design and application that ensures the effective management of natural resources and processes including the minimisation of groundwater use and the appropriate use and preservation of surface water. Communities preservation of existing ecosystems and societal and cultural viability.
Enhancement of natural systems, aquifer protection and surface water management delivering intergenerationally sustainable productivity. Land development of applications that provide for the enhancing of biodiversity in both natural habitat and agricultural land forms. Water development of conscious functional design and application that ensures the effective management of natural resources and processes including the minimisation of groundwater use and the appropriate use and preservation of surface water. Communities development of existing ecosystems and societal and cultural viability.
MINIMUM CHANGE FOR MAXIMUM BENEFIT!
SIMPLE FOCUS - COMPLEX ACHIEVEMENT - SHARED SUCCESS
The Earth Sustaining Sciences Institute Commercial SymECulture Systems are structured around minimum risk for maximum benefit solutions for land, water and agriculture assets management. The focus of the systems, aligned to the principles of Permanent Agriculture, as without some form of permanent agriculture there is a risk intergenerational society, is to advance efficient and effective ecosocietal prosperity. The Earth Sustaining Sciences Institute approach of tailored in-house solutions delivers cost effective, practical and intergenerationally sustainable agricultural and environmental rehabilitation solutions.
The farm operation developed as societal, ecological, environmentally positive SymECulture/Permaculture with a sound ethical based intergenerationally sustainable focus. Under the direction of Richard Barker, the farm and operations facilitate sustainable ventures that have a strong sense of purpose and tangible goals that meet and support societal needs. As a founding element of the Earth Sustaining Sciences Institute the farm philosophy and methodologies encourage self and societal development through the building of a SymECulture/Permaculture environment in business and relationships, teaching practical over technical application of applied multidisciplinary sciences with ecosystem design and organisation skills frameworks in easily understood delivery and instruction.
Hyper-Saline Mud Flats and Inter-tidal Lands Became Highly Productive
Chinampa System Southern Hemisphere Seasonal Cycle
The Permaculture Design of Tilligerry Research and Education Farm
Ocean Tidal Inundation Before Levee System Fully Established
Inundation Controlling Levee System Construction Base
Inundation Controlling Levee System Established
Stabilised Inundation Containment Levee System
Freshwater Aquaculture System Inside Inundation Containment Levee System
Chinampa System: Integrated Permaculture Agriculture/Aquaculture Farming
Location Pre-Chinampa Chinampa formulation Chinampa Initial Plantings Chinampa Crop
Chinampa Harvest & Biomass returned Chinampa Next Crop Chinampa Harvest Biomass ready for return
TESSI Queensland, Australia Dryland Sand Biome Research and Development Farm
Dry Land Savannah Cropping Research and Development
A savannah is a mixed woodland/grassland ecosystem characterised by the trees being sufficiently widely spaced so that the canopy does not close. The open canopy allows sufficient light to reach the ground to support an unbroken herbaceous layer consisting primarily of grasses. Savannah maintains an open canopy despite a high tree density. It is often believed that Savannah feature widely spaced, scattered trees. However, in many savanna's, tree densities are higher, and trees are more regularly spaced than in forests. The South American savannah types cerrado sensu stricto and cerrado dense typically have densities of trees similar to or higher than that found in South American tropical forests, with savannah ranging from 800–3300 trees per hectare and adjacent forests with 800–2000 trees per hectare. Similarly, Guinean savannah has 129 trees per hectare, compared to 103 for riparian forest, while Eastern Australian (Queensland) sclerophyll forests have average tree densities of approximately 100 per hectare. Savannah is also characterised by seasonal water availability, with the majority of rainfall confined to one season; they are associated with several types of biomes and are frequently in a transitional zone between forest and desert or grassland. Savannah covers approximately 20% of the Earth's land area and can be a most productive polyculture environment.
Australian Dryland Savannah Cropping Project
TESSI Queensland, Australia Dryland Sand Biome Research and Development Farm
The 11-acre research and development property is a low latitude subtropical extremely poor fertility dry-land pasture with no artificial irrigation, in a minimum 410 mm, mean 930 mm rainfall band, with mean temperatures ranging 35°C to 2.4°C. Climatic conditions including rainfall inputs, isolation and evapotranspiration are monitored by a continuous meteorological instrumentation suite reporting at 5 second intervals and recording means to a database at 30-minute intervals. The farm has had mesh boundary fencing in place for 17-years to exclude native wildlife and thus afford increased control of the nature and load on grazing cells. S wales were built on 30 mm resolution laser contours 25 m apart by pulling back 3 m strips of topsoil to expose subsoil, excavating up-slope subsoil across 3 m to build a trapezoid swale profiles 500 mm high by 1 m wide, then pushing the topsoil back over the exposed subsoil band (see Figure 1). This was carried out to reduce soil erosion due to high levels of down slope sheet wash on the predominant 4° slope, and to increase soil moisture retention. Mature eucalypt spp. has been left if place to assist early stage soil stabilisation, though are ultimately detrimental to pasture quality through inherent allelopathy and shade-out coupled with excessive non-productive nutrient and moisture sequestration. Soil has a coarse sand texture dominated by sub-angular quartz. The highest swale (1) shows an orange colour; the sand shows a significant residual smectite iolite clay component through shielding by overlying residual ferruginous sandstone saprock. The second swale shows a browner colour with less clay but incompletely leached organic components. The swale shows a pale-yellow sand with minimal non-quartzose material. The lowest swale (3) is nearly white sand leached of organics, iron oxides and clays through sub-surface water flow. This super leached sand is exposed by natural peneplaining processes to form the surface 800 mm of 75% of the property area which, having poor moisture retention, poor carbon exchange capacity, very low soil carbon and organics, is extremely low fertility comparable to, or poorer than, typical tropical belt desert sands or wet tropical high leach palaeosols. The immediate goal of research and development on this ground is cost effective soil improvement to afford a long term stable C4 (cycles carbon dioxide into four-carbon sugar compounds) dominant pasture biome to provide sufficient forage to allow effectively managed cell grazing to support a commercial animal herd with minimal to nil supplemental feeding. The research herd chosen comprises miniature horses with adult body mass comparable to commercial fat caprines and ovines. This choice is based on the low gut efficiency of equines coupled with nutrient sensitivity (especially Ca and Se) and feeding selectivity. TESSI considers that if the research herd can be sustained to improve condition on the raised pasture, all commercial bovine, ovine and caprine ruminants can be managed to thrive under similar conditions. Many aspects of environmental conditions on TESSI Queensland facility are analogous to intermediate stage and late stage progression conditions on New South Wales, Bahrain, Thailand, Mongolian and Papua New Guinean TESSI project sites.