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  • Harvesting Nov 2019

    By Koreen,

    We're midst our busy harvest seasons, gathering and processing a variety of herbs from the farm before our first freeze of the year. Moringa, lemongrass, mulberry leaf, tulsi basil, wild medicinals and more are being harvested. We have been averaging first freezes in November the last few years even though first frost date for our region is December 15. 

    We're grateful for the extended warm season with no frost in sight yet this year. Butterflies, bees and other pollinators are taking advantage! Blooming prolifically on the farm right now are a late flush of everbearing mulberry, tithonia (our Mexican sunflowers are loaded), cranberry hibiscus, sweet acacia, tropical and blue sages, cosmos,  sweet potato, pentas, dagga, citrus, Turk's cap, asters, liatris and other wildflowers, and winter flowers such as Johnny Jump ups, snapdragon, buckwheat, and soon, the nasturtiums we recently planted. Our rain lilies made a wild appearance and burst out for a day, even though there was no rain for days, before or after. 

    We're documenting insects on the farm his year and are overwhelmed at the variety of spiders, pollinators, stink bugs, scarab beetles and other bugs, grasshoppers, and other creatures of the microworld that we've been spotting. The diversity and numbers of native pollinators especially lets us know we are doing some things right! 

    Our winter crops in the kale family are thriving along with onions, parsley, cilantro, dill, peppers, tomatoes, and more. 

    Our chickens, some of whom are molting and looking fashionably bedraggled, are going crazy over our protein-rich kenaf, which is dying back for the season, and Asian winter greens which are just getting going. 

    Bird life is at a peak right now with flocks of migrating birds benefiting from the copious wild grass and wildflower seeds and insect life available, and native birds getting their fill too. 

    Our seminole pumpkin vines made a glorious comeback and are again fruiting from new nodes. Food we're harvesting includes cassava, mulberry, some citrus, winter greens, green onions that grew through summer, banana, papaya, fig. Next year will add quite a few fruit and veggie varieties to that list that should provide year around abundance. 

  • Permaculture Design

    Daily rate, usually takes between 3-5 days.

    We will take all of the actions mentioned in the one day consultation. We then will explore options for each element of a full scale design incorporating sustainable food, water, energy, shelter, economic plan, land tenure and community elements. Once we have agreed on placement and function for each element, I will create a map and report that records these decisions. The report will usually include specific plant lists and placement, specific recommendations for water catchment, self-sufficient energy, increased yield from buildings, recommendations for animals, pond and water features, outline of economic plan, incorporation of community resources, and more. This will include a full systems analysis and integration of system elements to maximize yield while minimizing use of resources, especially non-renewable ones.