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Michelle Hernandez
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DATE: Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Green Gate Farms, 176 Howard Ln., Bastrop, TX

MORE INFO:
More details are available at any of the following online resources; take your pick:

Funky Chicken Coop Tour Facebook Event

Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup

Austin Permaculture Guild

Texas Permaculture Design Projects FB group


Urban Poultry Association of Texas is pleased to donate $1,500 of proceeds from the 2014 Funky chicken coop Tour® to New Farm Institute (NFI) via a Permablitz organized by the Austin Permaculture Guild.

A permablitz is a a community organized and supported event to spread permaculture design, practice, and implementation through out the Central Texas Area.

We will be creating a system to support a forest garden that mimics the patterns of nature’s systems while showing you how to do it yourself.

Our goal is to increase awareness of food production and sustainability throughout the community and to spread these permaculture cultivation practices so that they may be practiced on a larger scale.

This season some of our main objectives are at these permablitzes are to install as many gardens as possible on working organic farms, to demonstrate how to use heavy equipment to do the earthworks, and to realize / create a beautiful design for as many people as possible to see and experience.

This permablitz is for the New Farm Institute (NFI) and is funded by proceeds from the 2014 Funky Chicken Coop Tour.

Green Gate Farm’s long-term goal is to host NFI camps and classes that serve the growing interest in sustainable and organic practices. This permablitz is a first step to reaching that goal! NFI is the 501c3 created by Green Gate to fund its educational activities. FCCT is an event of the 501c3 non-profit Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc.

Breakfast and lunch provided both days! To RSVP please email Taelor Monroe at monroe DOT taelor AT gmail DOT com

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATIONS

Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc. is 501 (c)(3) with a mission to educate people on the benefits of raising poultry as part of a sustainable food system. UPAT is the parent organization for the Funky Chicken Coop Tour and the Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup.

The mission of New Farm Institute (NFI), a 501c3 nonprofit, is to educate, assist and inspire citizens and a new generation of sustainable farmers, with a focus on the urban fringe — an area defined as within 30 miles of medium to large cities.

The Austin Permaculture Guild is an association of people, mainly in central Texas, who are dedicated to learning about permaculture and sharing it with others.
 
Michelle Hernandez
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This was on the Texas Permaculture Design Project Facebook group. Hope to see some of you Texans at the blitz (weather permitting)!

Oh boy, we are going to need a really good turn out to pull this blitz off, so PLEASE come if you can. We cut down and cleared dozens and dozens of dead trees today and cut them up into little pieces, ready for us to move them out and arrange them on contour into dead barriers.
We'll need to dig about 180 linear feet of berm and swale and lay out several hundred feet more of dead barriers on contour, AND set cages around our fruit trees.
Wear closed toed shoes, long pants, bring a long sleeved shirt for carrying brush in, bring water, we'll provide lunch. We may need some wheel barrows for hauling brush up the hill, rakes, pitch forks, and spades. Dress like Ariel in the first shot here.
We need logistical help too, so please pitch in any way you can. We are making a HUGE difference in Central Texas.
 
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The Permablitz this past weekend was great! As always, it's fun to meet new people and build community. I'm even more happy that this project will help one of our local farm's programs.

I'll admit, when I saw the plans for the site this past Saturday, I thought this project would be a bit...ambitious for a weekend permablitz. We were building an over 230 ft. long berm and swale AND putting over 500 ft of dead wood on contour on a relatively sloped hillside. This was by far the Permablitz here with the biggest scope to date. But many hands make light work. Plus, for those of you familiar with our rocky Hill Country soil, we were pleasantly surprised to have soft, loamy, gorgeous soil. (I really wanted to sleep in that!) The slow soak-in rains last week also really helped.

You can see photos and get more info on the Texas Permaculture Design Projects FB group. Kirby Fry, this site's Permaculture Designer, posted:
This shot [posted on the FB group] shows a glimpse of our 245 linear foot berm and swale at Green Gare Farm with TWO other 300' long dead barriers made from fallen trees above it. Along the berm we planted pomegranate, pear, loquat, mulberry, fig, and persimmon. Above the swale we planted black locust, Eve's necklace, golden ball lead tree, and arroyo sweet wood.
We broadcast as cover crops - clover, winter pea, rye grass, radish, turnip, mustard, cilantro, [and] parsley... We then broadcast soft rock minerals including soft rock phosphate (P), green sand (K, Mg), agricultural lime (Ca), agricultural sulfur (S), and trace minerals. We also inoculated the clover with nitrogen fixing bacteria and the trees with mycorrhizal fungi.
All of the trees were provided with drip irrigation on a timer, and cages to prevent deer and livestock predation.


Here are a couple of videos of the 245 foot completed berm and swale and a plant talk from Zach Halfin.

Hyperlapse video of the finished berm and swale:



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