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The premise of Ann Clark’s keynote speech at the 2009 Farmer to Farmer Conference was that agriculture, including organic, is not ecologically sustainable because it was never designed to be sustainable. “The concept of designing something and expecting it to work even if you didn’t design it that way," she said, "came to me from hearing Bill McDonough speak. I was very impressed with him when he said he does not support recycling of paper, because paper was never designed to be recycled.”

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The Holistic Management® framework works in wholes. You create a holistic goal for the farm using a four ecosystem process (community dynamics, water cycle, mineral cycle and energy flow) that is sustained by photosynthesis and realizing that the ecosystems sustain human endeavors, establish objectives and use technology: rest, fire, animal impact, grazing.

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