Michael Cox wrote:
You make no mention in your proposal of any type of earthworks which might help your project - Swales can help concentrate and collect nutrients along your planting zones. Interswale areas can be used for annual cash crops initially. Swales may or may not be appropriate depending on your soil and climate conditions.
Do you have any plans to integrate water management? Ponds/dams to allow gravity irrigation of your seedlings? Boy, do I! lol... > Food Forest (Overview) and Water Mgt
Overall it is an interesting proposal, but if you hope for it to endure beyond the 3 to 5 year setup period I think you need a bit more of a concrete plan for how it will be managed in the longer term. You don't want to come back ten years from now and find some unenlightened farmer has ripped everything up to plough it. Who has rights to harvest crops from the area? Who can farm under canopy, and under what terms and restrictions? Can trees be harvested/managed? Who ultimately owns the land?
my landlord owns the lot which is behind the house I rent from her. The neighborhood is her family their friends and everybody's extended family and the lot is in the center of a block which some neighbors have access to easily. You'll see in the pics at the urls above the lot. The landlord, Monica, is good with the lot becoming a food resource and water control (it floods regularly and I'm working on that). Everybody around the project is interested - right now they are watching mostly, while one man helps me with some of the work. He lives in the shack on the site during the summer. It's a barrio atmosphere.
I have fig, black walnut, and filberts to plant. We are heading into winter, so my immediate priority is to put the roof and walls on the greenhouse so I'll have seedlings ready for net planting season.
Pia Jensen wrote:I just came across this Beware the Biochar Initiative and am fascinated ... more views on biochar among permies here?
Michael Cox wrote: The EM recipe may help jump start soil web dynamics, but getting trees in the ground seems more important than waiting for molasses! The soil dynamics will recover anyway given time, so long as the plants are there to feed them.