What is Fractal Farming?

Fractals are kind of hard to describe. They are self-similar, self-repeating shapes, often generating infinitely fascinating visual patterns. Fractals don't need to be deliberately designed. They somehow emerge all around us: in snowflakes, trees, mountains, shorelines, stock markets, blood vessels, pineapples and even our DNA.

Beautiful, damn hard, increasingly useful. That's fractals.

Benoit Mandelbrot

Farming too is hard to define. It's about much more than just growing food. It's about the way we live. Modern industrial agriculture has more to do with mining than it does with farming, taking from the soil without giving back. Ancient ways of farming recognized that we are part of the natural world. So instead of transforming the natural world to fit our needs, we would closely observe nature and learn how to live off her bounties.

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

My intention with Fractal Farming is to create, restore and foster environments in which natural behavior can emerge and self-replicate.

We need to do this without exactly knowing where our actions will lead to. Without guarantees. And without expectations. Because the only thing that's certain about the kind of future we're heading into, is that it won't provide any of these.

Fractal farming is very much informed and inspired by concepts like permaculture, systems thinking and ecology. They are all ways of tapping into natures infinite wisdom in an attempt to realign with her, instead of working against her. That's probably becoming a big cliche already, but nature couldn't care less. We humans on the other hand, need to care more than ever before.