Monday, June 20, 2011

SBWF class visits D Acres

I have been taking a Holistic Management class with the Small & Beginning Women Farmers group since last fall. This was our final class. Most of the classes were in a class room, but some were farm visits which tied into what we were learning. The group was here at Ewe & I Farm after lambing. We went to Wellscroft Farm in Harrisville during the fencing clinic. And then here to D Acres.
Development Aimed at Creating Rural Ecological Society
Permaculture-see definition at end of blog.

This is dirt farming at its best. They also have chickens, ducks,pigs and 2 steer. The steer 'mow' the paths daily. The pigs till fresh earth, after the trees have been cleared, and provide good soil for potatoes the next year to grow in. Then other produce is planted in those areas. All done organically.
There are all forms of fruit trees, herbs, flowers, and many other edibles growing together in harmony.

   (Some of the pictures are out of order, but that seems to be the Blogger way...)






Garlic bed. 1 of many.

They have recycled a lot of items in their outbuildings that most people would have through out. Such as old windows for cold frames and for one of their 'greenhouses'. A lot of structures look strange because of it, but I for one think it is a great use of recyclable goods. Better than filling the landfill!

(From )

Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies.

Permaculture is sustainable land use design. This is based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that occur in nature to maximise effect while minimizing wasted energy. Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants.

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