When Homer Walden and Dru Peters started their Pennsylvania farm, the husband and wife team was on a tight budget.

Walden: “We spent all our money on purchasing our farm.”

But Walden loves to tinker.

Walden: “That’s my specialty … you know, I’m constantly looking at what we do day-in and day-out and trying to keep the cost down.”

So he developed inexpensive ways to do some of his farm chores.

For example, he built portable pig pens that he can pull over a new patch of land every day. The pigs eat weeds and churn up the ground underneath.

Walden: “Pig tiller, is what I call it. I also call it pulled pork.”

After the pigs, Walden puts chickens on the land. They eat bugs and enrich the soil with their waste.

So when it’s time to clear a patch of land for planting, Walden does not need a tractor or chemical fertilizers.

His methods are cheap – and reduce carbon pollution. In 2012 …

Walden: “We were given the governor’s award for environmental excellence by not using a drop of fossil fuels.”

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Walden is now teaching others about his low-tech, low-carbon farming methods.

Walden: “I don’t think we can help anybody just by considering our own benefits from these ideas, and it’s my quest to share what I’ve learned.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Topics: Food & Agriculture