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PDC- Appalachian Style

Yesterday participants slowly gathered here at Trout Lily Farm to experience a rustic retreat in Permaculture, Nature Awareness and Cultural Ecosystems in the heart of the Appalachian mountains near Max Patch.  At 3700 ft in elevation the cool days and cold wet mornings have been a delightful surprise, reminiscent of fall in Tennessee.  Actually, two ...

Nitrogen Fixers at Spiral Ridge

  Grounding out after a week of travel, teaching and consulting in the midwest, I took a late morning walk (slept in) around the homestead.  As I walked I noticed that we are experiencing a mini drought.  Pig paddocks are less green, vernal ponds are dried up, ground covers are withering, and leaves on trees ...

Holistic Pig Grazing at Spiral Ridge Homestead

Today Jason and Sam (our interns) learned how we rotate our pigs through the homestead. We set up our #1 paddock today. We will be monitoring the paddock over the next week to inform us when we need to move them to paddock #2. The paddocks are lush with clovers, rye, vetch, oats, vegetative tree ...

Sunset in the Forest Garden

As my children ate goumi berries and strawberries while we gently walked through our young forest garden, I took these photos to capture the beauty of abundance.

Permaculture Voices Interview

Recently Cliff was interviewed by Diego, of the Permaculture Voices podcast.  They talk about the realities of homesteading, living an off-grid lifestyle, farming, family life and more.  It was a great honor to be interviewed by Diego.  He asked many questions relevant to any aspiring farmer or homesteader.  Sometimes we idealize going back to the ...

Holistic Management & Keyline Design Course 1

Water Abundance? Soil Fertility?  Increased Profits? Positive Environmental Impacts?  Better Quality of Life? Who doesn’t want that for their FARM or HOMESTEAD?   Learn how during our back to back Holistic Management and Keyline Design Courses, designed to help to create a whole farm plan and design to reduce inputs and increase production.  Take one ...

Permaculture Homestead Training: 2014 Internship

Spiral Ridge Permaculture is excited to announce that we are offering a second full season (May-Oct) permaculture homestead internship.  This is permaculture ‘on the job training’. Contact Cliff 931-231-4099 Info@spiralridgepermaculture.com               Homestead Training Includes:                         Permaculture Nursery Management ...

Spiral Ridge Permaculture: 2014 Featured Events

    We are excited to bring world class education in Regenerative Agriculture, Permaculture and beyond to the east coast USA.  In 2013 we brought Darren Doherty and his Regrarian “intro course”.  Darren will be back in 2015 to teach the Regrarian Design course with the Regrarian Handbook in hand.   In 2014 we are proud to ...

Permaculture Pigs: Affordable fencing DYI 1

For last two years I have been using a very expensive fencing system to contain my pigs at the homestead.  Recently, after watching Joel Salatin’s DVD Pigs n Glens, Bard of Harmony Homestead and I decided to build a simple yet cost effective fencing system for our naturally raised pigs.  After a few modifications to ...

Permaculture PIGS: Pigs in the glen UPDATE!

Earlier this week, after much patience and planning, Bard and I finally got two large sows (Mule foot & Red wattle hybrid) into their new woodland paddock at Harmony Homestead. We introduced a young Large Black boar, a pregnant Large Black and a feeder pig for spring harvest. At first there was a lot of ...