Four levels of learning: reading, sharing, doing, practicing.

 

The other day, David Homa came to work with Ruby and me for a day and walk us through a couple of aspects of building a permaculture food forest: amending the soil based on our soil tests, sheet mulch over an existing lawn, and building a hugelkultur. Continue reading “Four levels of learning: reading, sharing, doing, practicing.”

Permaculture zen

After Land of Plenty left, as I mentioned, we had two huge piles of brush, taller than a person, in the yard.  The original plan was to rent a chipper to turn this material into wood chips for paths, figuring it would take one work-day with Ruby – Ruby is our wonderful live-in intern/woofer, who helps out two days a week in return for room and board.  Unfortunately, it turns out, you can’t rent chippers of a usable size for us.  So, what to do with two gargatuan piles of brush? Continue reading “Permaculture zen”

Moving the woods – understory

At the back of our yard, we have the “woods”.  When Charlotte and Josephine (our girls) were small, these were a mysterious place, in which grew the “Witch Tree” with a twisted, hollow trunk, and where one might find treasures, such as an ancient china figurine of a man. Continue reading “Moving the woods – understory”

Applied Permaculture Lesson

One of the things I am really excited about this Spring is another class  – Applied Permaculture with David Homa near Portland Maine.  This course is eight Saturdays, once a month, going out to sites and doing real work – pruning, grafting, planting, soil building – all the practical skills one needs for building and maintaining a food forest. Continue reading “Applied Permaculture Lesson”

Some Real Work

On Saturday, we started our first Real Work in the food forest to be: taking down lots of saplings and brush.  We don’t like to take down trees and bushes, but we also want to create the space for our intentional plants, ones that are really good at producing food for us or for wildlife, or super providers for the soil in our little micro-ecosystem.  It was exciting to get outside and use some muscle power to move a lot of stuff around. Continue reading “Some Real Work”