I am an hour or two south of KC (depending on where you start in KC).
Welcome to the asylum.
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Mahatma Gandhi
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"Family farms work when the whole family works the farm." -- Adam Klaus
Glad to hear from you all! I'm familiar with the Emporia area. I'm In Lee's Summit (SE KC) myself. I was directed to "KAW Permaculture" in Lawrence, KS by a friend but their website seems a bit out of date. As I'm new to the asylum, I was hoping to attend some workshops or classes this summer but I'm not in a position to fork up $2200 for Geoffry Lawton's new Online program. Any ideas?
I'll be checking out that tour you posted Ben, Thanks!
Just north of liberty. If you haven't seen or heard check out the urban farming guys Ryan. They give tours every month and have a pretty impressive operation down in the hood. Aquaponics, raised beds, hugel, critters, they're even using the methane off the tanks and compost piles.
Six years ago the Kansas (Kaw) Permaculture Collaborative was created to
foster sustainable and ecological food production and environmental
restoration. Since then we have trained about 100 folks in permaculture
design, created a half a dozen edible forest gardens and started
applying permaculture principles at numerous farmsteads across Eastern
This year we are having our *5th Annual Permaculture Urban Garden and
Farm Tour* on *Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21*.
Saturday is a guided tour of urban sites in Kansas City & Lawrence -
cost $12 per person (2 for $20)
Sunday is a guided tour of rural sites in the region - cost $12 per
person(2 for $20)
The annual tour is sponsored by the *Kansas Permaculture Collaborative*,
a program of the *Sustainability Action Network*. Permaculture is a
design science by which we pattern our surroundings to harmonize with
nature rather than to subdue nature. The end result is a farm or garden
that is a *low-input, self-organizing, mature polyculture ecosystem*.
The tour will include a range of examples, small and large, newly
developing and well established, garden models and food forests. The
final farm site on Sunday will host a pot luck dinner at 6:00pm.
This is a group guided tour, but transportation is on your own or by
carpooling. The tour happens rain or shine, within reason - dress
appropriately. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen, bug repellant, and a
lunch. Space is limited, so *_pre-registration is required_* by
contacting Michael (785)832-1300, or at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>.
Please join us for an inspirational weekend and introduction to a new
possibility for sustainable living!
Just found out about this upcoming workshop in the KC area...
DESIGNING EDIBLE FOREST GARDENS***
**Saturday-Sunday, *7 & 8 September 2013*
CoWork Waldo, 7449 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City MO 64114
The *Kansas Permaculture Institute*of Sustainability Action is pleased
to offer this workshop taught by three well versed and experienced
permaculture designers. The course will cover: forest ecology and
architecture, examples of forest gardens, principles of permaculture,
site analysis and selection, healthy soil, water management,
understanding plant guilds and plant community functions, selection of
plant species, the design process of forest gardens, goals and financial
plans, and tours of two urban food forests.
Course fees **are $125 before August 16, 2013, and $160 thereafter*.
Make checks payable to "Sustainability Action", and mail to:
Sustainability Action, P.O. Box 1064, Lawrence KS 66044. Or pay with
our PayPal button at http://www.sustainabilityaction.net/ (please add a
$5 service charge for PayPal, and note that it is for "forest garden
Ryan, Nicholas, Jenny et. al., I don't use facebook, so if you could keep us up to date on things in here, that would be awesome. I would love to connect with other KC area/NW Mo permies. I live in Liberty, but my acreage is in Holt right on I-35. In fact, I'm cutting a giant swale across my land Saturday (Oct. 12) if anyone is interested in pitching in.
I'm going to order a small assortment of nut trees from the Missouri nursury and also some berry bushes. I'll probably also plant some comfrey at the base of these trees. Not sure if sunchokes would be a good idea on the berm or not. Any advice on that point would be welcome. I'm also looking forward to some suggestions for other food plants to put there on the berms or even in the swales.
Anyone Familiar with Kansas City local Badseed aka URBAVORE Farm? I recently joined the mailing list and I'm glad I did. Brooke the "farmer and mistress of the Badseed" does a great job at marketing their farm and market. They also have many workshops thoughout the year. As such....
Intro To Carbon-Smart Farming
Beginning Guide to 21st Century Agriculture
How to regenerate soil, sequester carbon, produce renewable biofuel, and grow nutrient-dense food with David Yarrow
I'm working in. A small 4x4 tractor it's a suzue brand Japanese tractor I'm fitting it with a 3 point hitch kit so it will pull a plow I'm going to make the garden larger plus it's never been moldboard plowed
Welcome Daniel. Glad you're enjoying your experience here in the wacky and wonderful forums of Permies.
Ryan -- def familiar with the fun folks at Badseed. I love talking to Dan, when he can spare a moment.
My small farm is up in Holt, Mo., though I currently live in Liberty. Our plan is to build our home on our farm in two years and retire there in about 10 years. In the mean time, I'm converting the 10 acres of pasture into a regenerative / permaculture / sustainable farm.
My abbreviated winter project list:
- Fix steering gear box on my 1948 Ford 8N tractor and change the oil.
- Stake out two more swales on contour using our water level method. I have built two already and have posted some photos in another thread (https://permies.com/t/28896/earthworks/Swale-berm-planting-suggestions). I use a two-bottom moldboard plow and drag blade to build my swales with berms. The two I built already seem to be working well and I'll plant all four in fruit, nut and N-fixing trees and bushes this spring, as well as a bunch of other perennial food and sustainable plants. This will create some strip fields between each swale that I will plant forage for goats that we hope to raise once living on the farm. I have the luxury of working on getting the farm all prepared before we live there and before we introduce animals there.
- Prune our grape vines.
- Prune our apple trees.
- I have two cross fences I want to remove (once the tractor is repaired).
- Locate and stake out where I will dig out a walipini. Without heavy equipment, I imagine this will take quite some time, so it will likely be a multi-year project.
- Research pond building.
- Build sun shades for our pawpaw seedlings that we plant in orchard fashion. I lost six young trees due to too much direct sun exposure this year.
I know there's a million other things I should be doing, but with my job and some things we're doing at home, I simply don't have any more time.
Hope everyone can come up to our place (Hebron Acres) this spring to have a walk around, talk ideas and maybe break bread together. I'd be happy to host a permaculture picnic on our farm and we all share and get to know each other a little bit more.