Orenda Farming

The challenge of modern farming

Within the last 75-100 years, the changes in how we are cultivating our land and how we grow our food has caused severe damage to life below ground and above ground and not least for us as humans. A greater and greater desertification is seen around the planet and even in former fertile areas the topsoil with its diverse plant and animal life is disappearing with great haste. Since 1960 USA has eg. lost about 60% of its topsoil. Equal numbers can be seen in most other countries. Soil that is being cultivated as a monoculture and with effective soil treatment according to modern agricultural principles has destroyed the life in the soil -the microorganisms, the fungi, bacteria and worms as well as other elemental beings living in the soil. Above ground we see the same elimination of species with the disappearance of bees, insects, frogs, butterflies and birds just to mention a few.

Through heavy tractors, high degree of tilling, use of pesticide, herbacides ect. and lacking understanding of nature´s own cohesion, a heavy degeneration of nature has happened. Modern farmers have focus on mechanical equipment and tools instead of natural forces and the biology. 

This modern agricultural system has led to unhealthy and dead soil, with no lifeforce energy which again has led to plants, animals, wildlife and even humans with low lifeforce energy. We are all a part of nature and we are all one. Earth life with all its beings therefore has a far greater impact on the general health and balance of the entire planet than most people are aware of.


The importance of the soil


The importante of  a diverse nature

In nature you no longer see large populations of bees, birds, butterflies, frogs and insects. Just 20 years ago when you drove your car from one region to another you would have to stop at several gas stations to clean your front window from insects. Today you do not have to do that anymore. It is not because the cars have been improved or insects are not attracted to cars anymore. It is simply because the number of insects in nature has dropped drastically.

However, a high level of biodiversity brings robustness to all species. Therefore it is important to make room for both a number of weeds, persistent pastures, naturel plants, meadows, marshes, exuberance and forestry with each of them representing their very own local specialness. Each of them contributes to the lifeforce of all beings through their interaction. In this way they develop the unique diversity associated with each individual place.


Orenda farming - The solution

The earth life with it´s fungi, bacteria and worms can be understood as the digestive system of the plants just like the intestinal flora on animals and humans. In other words, the plant can be seen as the link between life below ground and above ground. In just one teaspoon of healthy soil you will find billions of bacteria, fungi and worms -all playing their part of the natural whole.  A healthy fungi and bacteria life have now been recognized as important for a healthy bacteria balance in animal and human digestion. It has  therefore been proven important which growth media has been used to grow the food. In short healthy soil, gives healthy plants, which gives healthy animals and healthy people. Through photosynthesis the plant brings sugars, nitrogen and the light energy down to the earth life through its root system which, on the other hand, acknowledges bringing minerals and nutrients back to the plant from the deeper strata in a symbiotic interaction. With poisoned and destroyed earth life, the plants end up lacking vitality and nutritional value.  These changes have a direct impact  on the human health . More and more people are poisoned by the food produced. They become seek and malnourished because the food is lacking vitamins and minerals due to lacking earth life in soil where the plants are grown.Therefore lacking earth life has a big impact not only on the plant itself but also on animals and humans who are fed by the plants.

The starting point of Orenda farming and gardening is the organic method. However, it is much more than organic methods. Organic production methods are mostly based on a ‘free from theory’ – free from poison, free from synthetic fertilizers, free from GMO. However, it does not necessarily work on restoring the lifeforce energy of all living beings -including the farmers. In order to restore a profound health of the planet, a much more holistic way of thinking will therefore be needed.

The Orenda model therefore is based on the following principles:

  • Restoration of earth life
  • Reduced mechanical disturbance of the soil
  • No use of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides
  • No use of synthetic fertilizers and no use of concentrated liquid livestock manure
  • Surface composting of plant residues
  • Composting of animal manure
  • High plant and livestock diversity
  • Low livestock level (0,2-1 animal units pr. hectare) and reintegration of plant and animal production on animal-based farms
  • High degree of plant diversity to increase resilience (100-150 species even on cultivated land)
  • Preferably use of original native plant species and animal breeds with high lifeforce
  • Intercropping especially in particularly in vulnerable areas
  • No use of hybrids and no use of GMOs
  • Wide use of perennials
  • Protection of the soil surface against wind, water and drying by constant soil cover with the use of cover crops, wood chips or alike. This will also avoid erosion and start healing earth life. In dessert-like areas and particularly vulnerable areas wood chips can be used in a restoration period.
  • Use of lactic acid bacteria to heal soil and restore bacterial balance and earth life.
  • Use of compost tea, various herbal teas and different preparations in order to increase earth life and photosynthesis
  • Restoration of healthy water cycles
  • Restoration of habitats for bees, insect, frogs, bats, birds and wildlife
  • Restoration of natural plant belts, pastures and meadows
  • Restoration of hedges and forest
  • Restoration of the cultural landscape
  • Natural forestry
  • Family flocks for animals
  • No de-horning and tail cupping on animals
  • In-situ conservation for all animals (many wouldn´t know that both chickens and pigs are forest animals. They therefore need access to forest environments. Equally for other breeds)
  • Pure grass feeding for ruminants
  • Natural parasite control by use of sound healing, medical plants, lactic acid bacteria and interoperation between more animal breeds
  • Homeopathic treatment of animals before medical treatment
  • Breeding sustainable flocks primarily with natural male animals, as well as breeding for vitality and long life instead of yield and growth. Furthermore, securing local backup semen storage on the farm – making semen banks - through continuous collection of a selection of male animals in the herd


Farm animals

Each specie and breed has something special to offer to the complexity of our planet and fits into a system of animals, plants and humans. Original old breeds and plants are very special because they are closely linked to the niche they are developed into. The breeds can be useful in securing the wild nature and their surroundings. When the surroundings changes, the breeds also have to adjust in a complex interaction between animals, plants and humans. This means that the overall genetic diversity of old breeds and species become particular large compared to the modern breeds and species because they are far more adapted to the local conditions. Furthermore, they most often have retained a high lifeforce energy and vitality compared to modern breeds and species due to the use of traditional breeding practices.

The modern breeds are developed into a very uniform context, based on large input of resources (eg feeding with GMO soya beans) and using semen from the same bulls throughout the world. This has a large impact on growth and yield, but also give a vulnerability both within the animals themselves and in the wild nature surrounding them. The alignment leads to a global genetic impoverishment. Therefore, it has generally been agreed that conservation of wild nature as well as rare breeds and plants are crucial for our future. In situ conservation is defined as conservation of ecosystems and natural habitats, and in the case of farmed or cultivated species, in the environments where they have developed their particular characteristics.

In many countries, agricultural development has gone so fast that hardly anybody work with the traditional rare breeds, plants and artisan ways of producing food anymore.

Therefore, most rare breads and plants have ended up as curiosities on museums far from their original context. With in situ conservation, the animals and plants will be kept in production and their yield would form the basis of local food and food traditions with high lifeforce energy. In situ conservations in general is best understood in terms of organic. The legal framework in organic production however, is not sufficient, because the relationship between the individual breeds and species, their geography, feed and use must also be taken into account. This is why Orenda Farming,  is a more far-reaching approach.


Plant genetic

Also from a plant point of view it is important to work with in-situ conservation. Plants have historically lived in a coexistence with a large variety of other plants, bees, insects, wildlife and animals. When it comes to old varieties of plants, most of them have a higher lifeforce energy just as they have kept a higher nutrient value which is of benefit for both for humans and animals. The reason for this is the fact that the plant genetic resources have retained their ability to engage with the micro-life in earth and the lifeforces of the universe.

The breeding methods used for plant genetic resources have been based on selection and traditional plant breeding methods which have been improved and handed down from generation to generation. These varieties have changed over generations to adapt to changing environments and growing conditions.

This is in sharp contrast to modern breeding methods which take place in sterile and closed laboratory environments and where most seed and grain are developed as hybrids which means that the seed and grain will never mature and create seed for next generation. They therefore do not contribute to increasing diversity among cultural plants adapted to changing environments. Furthermore, the hybrids make the farmers and gardeners become dependent on the large seed companies. Studies have shown that traditional seed breeding methods lead to:

  • A higher dry matter content
  • A better maturation capacity
  • A better ability to absorb minerals due to better exchange capacity with micro-organisms in the soil
  • A more species-typical taste
  • A higher lifeforce
  • In general more species typical, whereas hybrid varieties are described as vegetative, immature, more rapidly aging, and "hardened" (sclerotic).

Therefore, it is not only GMO which is not recommendable but also hybrid varieties which are most often also used in organic production.