Jeff Hodgins

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I realize now that I should have planted timber trees with the orchard at the same time. I would have cash flow much sooner . Last year we cut most of the trees right down and grafted them. I would not have chosen to cut the larger ones but I wasn't there.. so now I'm looking at waiting another 3 years before any substantial crop of pears or tejecotes. Lots of apricots are expected in the coming year.
5 months ago
My farm is in Puebla Mexico where we have wet summers and dry winters. There is not much feed available in the dry season so if I have sheep or cattle I would need to feed them over winter. With hogs I can just get a few sows bred in November and have plenty of piglets ready for the rainy season. Its cheap to buy 3 or 4 sows and feed over winter compared to having a large herd of sheep year round.
5 months ago
If you live in a climate with long dry season its worth planting Napier in pits otherwise it will not grow during the dry season.
5 months ago
Zai holes are good if you don't have a tractor or in areas like tree rows where you can't use the tractor. One problem I've had is the tractor getting too close and filling them up and putting a layer on the whole tree row and burying the roots too deep.
6 months ago
After my initial comments I started to think about how it could be done with a regular tractor. You could put a scoop on kind of like a cam wheel and that's scoop wood create a ridge in the row to stop the flow of water downhill. In the past we have used the shovel to stop runoff in problem areas where it travels down the row causing erosion. In my situation I think key line plowing or terraces or swales on contour would have been best but I have already planted the trees in rows which are not on contour. I thought initially that the shorter rows would mean more turning and less efficiency but I realize now there are a lot of downsides to the erosion the seed can even be washed down the row leaving an area with no crop and another area over seeded. Also the nutrients get washed from that area down to the other area. In the end I might have to cut some trees out and make the new rows on contour. I should probably start converting areas as trees die or cut a few and make a few new rows every year.
6 months ago
I think that zai holes are too much work and your digging below the rich topsoil. They fill in as you do the weeding. They are definitely good for moisture retention and blocking the soil surface frome wind. I wish a regular tractor could make zai holes.
6 months ago
Worst case scenario would be I never bother to visit the land and people use it as a dump site for the next 20 years. Best case scenario? I find people who have an interest in doing something there and help them do it so the whole community can profit. I would especially like to grow food to sell locally at the reservation out front. And I would like to have the native kids learn about permaculture there.
6 months ago
Have a house for rent in Chiautzingo Puebla $200 US a month with an abandoned orchard about 1/3 AC. Have farms in Puebla for rent for organic or permaculture type farming. Up to 30 years lease. One acre of unirrigated farmland in Puebla rent is $150 US. Also have land for lease in Nova Scotia and Yucatan peninsula. For $100 an AC per year but rules about tree cutting apply and its mostly treed.
Have a house for rent in Chiautzingo Puebla $200 US a month with an abandoned orchard about 1/3 AC. Have farms in Puebla for rent for organic or permaculture type farming. Up to 30 years lease. One acre of unirrigated farmland in Puebla rent is $150 US. Also have land for lease in Nova Scotia and Yucatan peninsula. For $100 an AC per year but rules about tree cutting apply and its mostly treed.
6 months ago
Hello permies.. I just aqueired 60 acres on Cape Breton Island near St. Peters. If anyone has an interest in using some land for permaculture maybe if you live in the city and you don't have land of your own. I would like to see improvements to the property in exchange for use. Improvements like swales fruit trees fences ponds clearing trees and tree thinning. So for example if you build some stone fence for your garden plots and the fence is worth $1000 I would lease you an acre for say 10 years. The land is treed with mostly younger trees. Some clearing can be done but mostly thinning and planting in the space between trees. I think I will have higher property tax if I clear the land and change the use to pure agriculture. I think silvopasture would be a good use in the long run. Let me know if anyone interested.
I'm not looking to get rich off of this what I want is to see the land used for permaculture. And perhaps for permaculture education there is a reserve nearby and a campground with lots of visitors.