So, with last seasons epic success of hugelkultur on a larger scale I am part of a community garden for the city of Millville NJ and the greatest part is they are totally on board and pro permaculture with the inclusion of a massive hugelkultur mound. The dirty is bad. Very sandy, old coal or something kind of volcanic looking rocks, and barely a worm in the whole place. We did however cover it with topsoil, cardboard, and then mulch. Throughout the winter hopefully a ton of leaves also. We did manage to plant some fruittrees and comfrey but waiting till spring to do it all really. www.facebook.com/millvillegreenteam is the fb page. In process of making a website and going to try to teach the community about permaculture while giving them awesomely grown food. If you are near south jersey or would like to give any helpful input it would all be much appreciated. After this is successful the plan is to take over Vineland biggest city in NJ. Show the world why we are called the garden state.
The climate is zone 6b 7a, temperate. It all started with me working at the local Geeksquad fixing computers. I get to know my customers and one lady came in and she was awesome and we talked about gardening etc. She then said hey you should meet my son he has a permaculture farm in Guatamala. http://www.atitlanorganics.com/ I was like oh yeah sounds great. Years went by and we kept in touch on facebook and finally she said he was coming one day and we nerded out permaculture style all day and at the end of the day he asked me to come to a meeting for a community garden. At the meeting he talked about permaculture and what their plans were since he is a teacher, he then had me speak about some things and after a few meetings we were all on board, even with the master gardeners. He went back home to Guatamala that first night, but his uncle is pretty into permaculture as well just more recently got the bug. So, we got nerdy on the group and made it all pro-permie style. As far as what we are planting. I focused on fruit trees, no apple, nitrogen fixers, and such, I really want to focus on some native things and edible flowers/herbs. Lots of non Annuals like egyptian onion, fartachokes, seabuckthorn, I will have tons of pictures come spring. I am only worried about the soil being so bad. I do plan on making lots of things for children to learn from. We are even following Stefan's permaculture orchard style of treeing. Just talking about it excites me, I feel like i am doing my part and taking back for the Earth and its populance. I would love to do this for a living. Currently, I am on the computer most of the time and I would give it all up for that. Some people collect baseball cards, my seed bank is more exciting to me.