Nicholas Covey

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since Oct 09, 2008
Missouri/Iowa border
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Darren,

In a podcast I heard a few months ago (I want to say it was Chris Steltzer maybe) I heard you say that you grew up on a farm and that through bad policy or stewardship or whatnot that the farm had to be sold.

I want to know you're opinion on how to convert a typical farm/farmer from a broad scale row crop commodity/cattle farm to something more sustainable. Have you had any luck in transitioning farmers with half a century in one manner of thinking to a more sustainable model?

That being said, I am the eldest son on a 700 acre family farm in Missouri. I'm not yet a permaculture designer but I am taking the Permaethos course online. I am currently to the process of doing my design and am basically making up a white paper outlining the weaknesses and downfalls of the current system, with a list of possible solutions. Any thoughts on the viability of this tactic?
3 years ago
So who all here got in? My invoice number was 907, but that apparently doesn't mean anything because of transaction errors.
4 years ago
Due to the fact that professional loggers cannot predict where a tree will fall 100% of the time... It's almost a statistical certainty that unless the cord is at least 20 feet longer than the height of the tree, there will be a collision of tree and electric cart at some point.
4 years ago
I'm on it. Consequently I am not terribly far from your location, so I might be interested in taking one of your workshops in the future.
4 years ago
Where are you geographically, and what USDA climate zone are you in?
4 years ago
Wow! Please elaborate a little more. I'd love to see you cover another module to get this clear in my head.
4 years ago
These days plows are fairly inexpensive because plowing is largely out go vogue in modern agriculture.
4 years ago
A sun scoop on a north facing slope creates a frost pocket. I've pondered how this could be used advantageously for a while now. Ripening cole crops is definitely a function of frost that I could use. Thanks for that idea.
4 years ago
Sadly, cheap available electricity is probably on its way out, that's certain.
4 years ago
Damian,

Your design ideas are good. One thing that does speak to me is the size of the yard. It's location is almost too far for a garden. Also start small or a garden that large, especially without a tractor, will become absolutely soul wrenching. Fence it off temporarily and run stock until you are able to grow your plot or plant something perennial. (Food forest maybe?)

I have found that the gardens inside zone 1 really do make a lot of sense, even if it's not the "best" location at your disposal. Aerial maps only show so much of course.

4 years ago