Jeffrey Pardo

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First, I agree with Angelica Maier.  Get your soil tested.  You have no idea where you're at until you do.
Make sure you get your ph tested.  If the ph is off, then your veg plants (as opposed to others that do grow well) may not be able to uptake the minerals or micronutrients that they need to grow well.
When you do, post the results and I imagine the forum members will be able to give more specific advice based on the veg you want to grow.

Jeffrey Pardo
Abi Gezunt Farm
Canton, CT
11 months ago
Our farm is the sloping back side of a hill/mountain. 300+ difference in elevation with terracing 10-15 degree slopes.
I got a used Menzi Muck that came with a grading bucket, grapple, and flail mulching mower. It's about 15,000 lbs.
I use it for the larger jobs: moving logs to the sawmill, grading newly cut areas, mulching back the overgrown shrubs, and turning large compost piles, digging a pond.
For the smaller stuff, I use a walk behind BCS with a rotary tiller (great -- it just turns up our rocks) and sickle mowing attachment.
The Menzi Muck is a walking excavator and will climb a 70 degree hill. Each wheel goes up, down, in, out. 32 different grease points. A pain, but a hoot to work with.

Jeffrey Pardo
Abi Gezunt Farm
Canton, CT

3 years ago
Let's call it "Wheaton's 2nd Law of Level Water:" In social settings, people of similar interests will tend towards the same location.

It's not a matter of crazy; it's just a matter of non-aligning interests. The world needs lawyers (well, bad example), and the world needs farmers.
Some people like to discuss law and politics and religion. Others, just listening to such discussion makes them nauseous.
At large parties, while I can tolerate the chit-chat for a few minutes; but, after ten minutes, you'll usually find me with my back in a corner of the room. I consider such settings a total waste of time.
Choose your setting; choose your battles. Life's too short to let other people's stuff bother you. When you're confronted by their "craziness," just remember that it's their 90%.
Just deal with your 10% and let it slide.

More than likely, it's just that you're traveling in different circles that have just a smidgen of overlap that brings them into your sphere.
Here's an analogy:
At my 10-year high school reunion, all my acquaintances were in their accumulation phase, and felt compelled to thrill me with their high-paying jobs, their quasi-partnership status, etc.
By the time we got to our 40th reunion, the same fellows had gone through that phase and now couldn't care less what anyone else was doing. They were more concerned with their colesterol, high blood pressure, and kids that gave them constant grief.
Imagine if one of those 10-year reunion fellows had joined in a conversation at our 40-year reunion!

Personally, I'm a recovering lawyer. [I completed step 9 - apologizing those I those I abused through arrogance.] I look back on my testosterone-laden youth with a mix of angst and relief.
10 years ago, I set my sights on permaculture farming as my 2nd half. These days, my wife calls the YouTube and other videos I watch "Farm-Porn."
That suits me just fine.
4 years ago
Thank you. Classic Permaculture perspective. What most farmers see as a problem, Permaculturists see as a resource.
4 years ago
Last year, I started a permaculture farm in Canton, CT.
24 acres on the west and south terraced slopes of a hill -- 700 to 400 ft elevation.
I cut the first 2.25 acres, cut contour swales and built up hugelcutur berms with the slash.
I planted an array of fruit trees in the berms: 16 varieties of apple, a bunch of pear, peach, plum, cherry, and apricot.
Lots of projects to go. This coming year:
the portable swing mill arrives to mill the logs I felled into dimensional lumber and timbers for a timber frame barn
digging the foundation pilings for the barn and the joinery for the timbers
several hundred berry plants and nut trees
chicken tractors
a wofati greenhouse dug into the hill

This spring, I'd like to start coming to your meetings in Bethel.
Jeffrey Pardo
Abi Gezunt Farm
4 years ago
The 4 DVD set was really good.
Count me in for the Kickstarter on the RMH Builder's Guide.
I'm hoping that there is a section on constructing the switch/flap to direct your exhaust one way or the other.
I'm also hoping that you have a temperature gradient for each part of the RMH system running at max so we know the limits of the system.
Finally, I'm hoping that you provide some guidance to your readers on the different ratings of fire brick so they can source the proper product for their systems [at least until your shipable core becomes the uniform standard...].
Thanks for your dedication and hard work.

Jeffrey Pardo
Abi Gezunt Farm
4 years ago
Hi Everyone.
I'm new to the forum. I'm in Canton, which is in the Farmington Valley just north of Collinsville.
I'm just starting a new permaculture farm. There's a total of 24 acres; I'll be clearing 2 acres this summer and cutting in contour swales and planting
25 types of groundcover
22 cultivars of apples,
A myriad of pears, plums, cherries, nuts, berries, and support plants.
A real adventure!
I'm looking forward to meeting and getting to know you all.

Jeffrey Pardo
Abi Gezunt Farm, LLC
4 years ago

Mark Lipscomb wrote:
In for the DVD's.



I am too. Looking forward to it with anticipation!

Jeffrey Pardo
Abi Gezunt Farm
Canton, CT