Dylan Davis

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since Aug 08, 2012
Arkansas
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Drew Buff wrote:Friends,

I am a relatively new convert to permaculture and natural farming. In March (2013), I bought 14 acres on Wye Mountain, which is in between Lake Maumelle and the Arkansas River. Coincidentally, it's also in between Little Rock and Conway. My wife and I (both in our late 20's) planted an annual garden, dug some swales, bought chickens, began construction on a cob root cellar, and we're currently working on a food forest. We don't really know what we're doing, ha.

Are there any permaculture folks in Central Arkansas? We'd love to meet you...even if you're amateurs, like us. My wife and I are very interested in community organizing, as well. Personally, I'd even be willing to help lead/organize a group in Central Arkansas. I'm very interested in developing food forests on public land...or maybe even some guerrilla gardening. Lots of big plans, but we know we can't do it by ourselves.

Look forward to meeting you!

Peace and love,
D & P



Hey Drew (and everyone in Central Arkansas), I'm fairly close to you, just west of Pinnacle Mountain. I'd love to start building community with local permaculture enthusiasts. Already made a few friends in the Morrilton area, so I know we're out there!
3 years ago
By the way that's supposed to be Zone 8, not zone smiley face.
6 years ago
Hello all!

I'm new to the Permies website, and just a little bit less new to the whole homesteading/permaculture/food forest world. Please forgive me if this topic has been discussed at length in the past, but after a quick search through the forums I was unable to find a topic that answered my question.

I live in central Arkansas (border of zones 7/ on about 5 acres that has been used solely for horse pasture and has quite a bit of water flow during the wet season. It's sandy to silty loam and seems to have a pretty decent texture. I had my soil tested which showed a pH of anywhere from 4.3 to 5.1 and poor nitrogen content. We actually have a ton of growth where the horses haven't been, mostly sweet gums, buttonbush, pokeweed and a ton of thorny vines in addition to the older hickory and oak. My goal is to condition the soil and raise the pH to a more neutral level in preparation for our permaculture aspirations. Obviously, 5 acres is too much to bring in municipal compost (which I'm not sure I trust due to persistent herbicide/pesticide/fungicide contamination, anyway), but I'm really not fond of the idea of tilling and spreading lime in order to quickly fix the pH. We hope to be able to plant food for ourselves in the spring, if at all possible. So here's my question... Do I have any options beyond lime for significantly changing the pH of this soil in a reasonable amount of time? Can I use green manures to condition this type of soil and bring up the pH before spring planting? Are their other options that I am not aware of for increasing pH beyond adding lime or compost?
6 years ago