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Choosing land - what to look for?

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Hi Aranya:
We are brand-new to the permaculture concept, and to growing things in general. We are planning to start a small hop farm in Colorado and would like to use permaculture practices, including how to farm with low or no irrigation. We are just starting our land-search process. What do you think we should keep in mind when we're looking at land in relation to permaculture design? Thank you!

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Hi Mary,

I just answered a similar post here:

That said, it's always useful to visit other permaculture sites in the locality you are going to if there are any. I'm only a little familiar with the area around Denver & Boulder, having visited a few years ago. Are you aware of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute? They have some great bioshelters that show what can be achieved by modifying microclimates in challenging conditions.

Hops are challenged here by the wet climate and suffer a lot from from mildew being grown in large monocultures, so chemical treatments are regularly used. I've only seen them do well here organically when grown as part of a food forest system. I don't know anything about growing them in drier conditions, but I guess that conserving water use by using drip irrigation would still be a good idea and building soil of course.
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