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Cassiopeia taking a break during the tree clearing operation.

“Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems,” according to wikipedia. What does that mean for us? We are in the process of preparing and developing our piece of land, to provide an abundance of thriving life and beauty. This past summer, we replaced… Read more »


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Cross section of a hugel.

“Hügelkultur is a composting process employing raised planting beds constructed on top of decaying wood debris and other compostable plant materials. The process helps to improve soil fertility, water retention, and soil warming, thus benefiting plants grown on or near such mounds,” as the wise persons behind wikipedia state. That about says it all. Well maybe not quite all. For… Read more »

Food Forests

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The components or layers of a food forest.

“Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. Making use of companion planting, these can be intermixed to grow in a succession of layers, to build a woodland habitat.”  Again, this definition is thanks… Read more »