About Syntropic Farms
The future of agriculture
Syntropic Farms Co. design and implement agricultural systems based on the teachings of Ernst Gotsch. Gotsch is a Swiss-Brazilian who over the last 30 years has developed a method of farming that produces an abundance of agricultural crops and regenerates degraded ecosystems.
What makes Syntropic farming unique is that it emulates the growth of the rainforest, one of the most bio-diverse systems of life on the planet. By copying how the rainforest functions we can save massive amounts of water on our crops or orchards, eliminate the use of chemicals from large scale, market to home gardens and efficiently create abundance while considerably reducing inputs.
We are Part of an Intelligent ORGANISM...
Take a look around you...it's easy to see that we are a part of a living organism. Planet Earth is an intelligent living organism with a function, and everything within it has a function as well - to nurture and increase the quantity and quality of consolidated life.
In the cyclical nature of the planet there are two opposing principals: Entropy and Syntropy. To understand Syntropy, we must understand Entropy.
The principle of Entropy has effects that are easy to understand and observe, as it moves from complex to simple, 'de-complexifying' matter. In other words, in the process of 'making' or 'doing' it loses energy, resulting in scarcity. An example of an entropic being is the Sun. Firewood is also entropic - as the wood is burned it is turned into heat, and that heat will not turn back into complex matter.
Entropy and Syntropy
Entropy’s opposing force, Syntropy, is constantly moving towards abundance and accumulation - from simple to complex. It is the ability to bring together ever-increasing complex forms to create something new. The best example of Syntropy is life itself. As the planet receives and absorbs energy from the Sun, life carries out photosynthesis. That energy is then accumulated on Earth through all living organisms.
Within the planet, the best examples of Syntropy are the rainforests and the coral reefs, both of which create abundance due to their biodiversity, or diversity of elements. This diversity of elements is made up of different materials, in different shapes, with different functions. Within this biodiverse system, the 'idea' is environmental integration and participation, and the 'spirit' is to increase life, moving towards abundance.
Syntropic systems are based on a detailed understanding of forest dynamics. By designing our agricultural systems to mimic nature, maximize photosynthesis and accelerate succession, we have the opportunity to create systems that require less inputs over time, produce an abundance of crops and regenerate the earth.
The 5 Principles of Syntropic Farming
1. Ground Cover
Accumulation of organic matter in the soil is one of the most important measures for the improvement and maintenance of soil fertility in Syntropic systems. Ground cover is connected to natural succession - when a plant falls over, it creates coverage, providing shade and protection to the forest below.
2. Maximising Photosynthesis
Through photosynthesis the high density of plants absorb maximum sunlight through their leaves of the ground cove, converting sunlight to energy, or glucose, which serves as nutrients for all micro-life around the root system.
3. Natural Succession
Understanding that each plant has its time and place in the system, when we recognise where each plant belongs, we can place it in a suitable location so it can fulfil its function and create conditions for the next generation or the forest of the future.
In Syntropic farming, Stratification refers to the amount of sunlight needed by each species, and the genetic evolution of that plant to fulfill their primary function - photosynthesis.
By using plants with different light requirements, we are able to create a multi-layered system of diversity. Within this system, we have:
Mimicking nature, we keep everything in place through management of the Syntropic Forestry system. By managing and simplifying the process, we can prevent overgrowth or gaps in succession and stratification.
In other words, humans are able to speed up the process by being a part of the system, creating disturbance and keeping everything in place.