of Subsistence Farming
Subsistence Farming: planting crops to "subsist"
off or - to live off of as first priority; if any excesses,
than the crops can be used for trade or to sell. Often
you will find plots with diverse strains and multiple
types of crops - i.e., intercropping.
the risk of failure of crops: the greater the diversity
of crops, the higher the likelihood one of them will
for the combination if short-duration and long-duration
crops: this spreads the labor needs more evenly.
for a mixture of food crops and cash crops.
are used by the people growing them.
for the soil: doesn't wear out the soil; in fact,
can provide nutrients for the soil (ex nitrogen-fixing
powers of legumes).
provide maximum benefits of resource usage (sunlight,
land & water).
provide help with pest and disease control.