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Jeremy Watts

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This is the 130+ acre section that we'll be working on this weekend.
3 years ago
We've got room for a few more permies! Come hang out with us, be part of this beginning phase of a massive (1000+ acre) agroforestry project, eat some of the best pastured meats around (vegan options), and learn and share your knowledge with us!
3 years ago
Darren Doherty seems to trumpet the original "straight line" keyline, while Mark Shepard's farm looks much curvier, and HUMA design seems to over simplify the keyline ("guidelines").

Who can attest to witnessing pro's/cons of any variation? Shepherd's trees look great, even if you consider what he's doing to be other than true keyline. Do yall think that people are making too much of this and that any general contour -based patterning would basically serve to equalize hydration on a landscape?
4 years ago
Seems you have several key points. Remember they are only in primary valleys, of which you have a few. If you can't find inflection points (your land does slope quite evenly) then just work down from your highest contour.
4 years ago
If anyone has a laser pointer they could bring that would be appreciated.
4 years ago
Looks like we still need volunteers to take on the dish washing and garbage/compost stations. Come on, who's gonna step up to the plate? The next person to volunteer will receive a free deck of permaculture playing cards signed by Paul, a pack of Fukuoka's heritage rice seeds, a VIP pass to Permaculture Voices 3 and free access to the Holzerhof for life. Just kidding. Don't be selfish. Do it for the love.
4 years ago

Michael Newby wrote:Since this is a "by the book" PDC should we have the Designers Manual?...



I was planning on bringing mine. Although now that you mention it, if there is a "house copy" already at the site that we could use then all the better. I'm trying to travel light. Paul? Jocelyn? (How do I tag someone on here?!)
4 years ago
Joel Salatin always talks about raising chickens on table scraps alone, but I can't find any literature to back it up. It makes sense that they would have historically filled this "recycler" niche, back when grain was too expensive to feed to animals, and layer pellets haven't been invented. But the literature all seems to say that your chickens will be scraggly and unhealthy if not supplemented with grain. My thinking is that they would probably be healthy if they could forage in the compost pile and get worms and bugs too, but maybe just produce less eggs. I'm going for a zero input system. Just wanted to see if anyone had experience with this before I tried it.
4 years ago