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Bamboo Fodder Research 2

Today Kiran (our 10 year old son) and I decided to test the viability of dwarf  bamboo as a fodder crop.  Indocalamus longiauritus was our chosen species.  We cut our samples from a small nursery grove that we established as a mother for future plantings.  Our initial intention was to see if the goat would ...

Southeast Art of Mentoring Experience

Happy Solstice, I have two very exciting announcements I wish to share with all of you today:   The 8 Benefits of Deep Nature Connection free call w/ Jon Young and Mark Morey   Thursday, Jan 9th  7pm eastern(FREE) Register here to join the call On this free call, Jon Young and Mark Morey will ...

Holistic Grazing Plan for our new farm venture

Today we met with our friend and colleague Greg Brann who is an NRCS grazing and soil specialist trained in Holistic Management.  We met at our friends 25 acre farm to discuss fencing, watering, keyline, livestock and multi species grazing management.  Spiral Ridge Permaculture is partnering with our friends to start a regenerative agriculture research ...

2014 Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

Winter Weekend Permaculture Design Certificate Course  Feb. 8 – 9, Feb. 15-16, March 1 -2, & March 7 -9, 2014 Earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification during this four weekend format course.  Registration is open and the early bird discount has been extended!  Now is your opportunity to take a full permaculture design course even if ...

Coppice Craft at Spiral Ridge Homestead

Coppice Craft is not a new thing.  It has been around for centuries amongst people connected to the land and the especially the woodlands.  Over the past few months we have been coppicing several species of trees and allowing them to dry for later use.  We have finally gotten a product out of our black ...

Children and Nature Skills

Children in todays world suffer tremendously from what Richard Louv termed “Nature Deficit Disorder”.  Modern societies have chosen convenience and isolation over connection.  To repair our culture we have to raise our children with deep nature connection. I recently spent a week in the Ozarks with Jon Young and Mark Morey learning the Art of ...

Darren Doherty’s Regrarian Pedagogy: Course starts Nov 2-4 in Summertown, Tn

WHAT is a ‘REGRARIAN’? Regrarian, a portmanteau of ‘Regenerative Agrarian’, is a term first coined by HD’s Darren J. Doherty in 2013 to describe those who are actively undertaking the serious & timely process of regenerating, restoring, rehabilitating, rehabitating, rekindling (etc.!) & rebooting production landscapes across this planet. Regrarianism, as a philosophy and methodology per ...

Roads: Regenerative Earthworks Primer

You drive on them everyday.  They are always being repaired.  They get you from point A to point B.  They get you lost.  They are everywhere! Roads…… As a permaculture designer I am always looking for water sources that can be used in the landscape to passively irrigate the landscape.  Most people think roof catchment. ...

2013 Homestead Permaculture Design Course (PDC) – Registration now open 1

In the midst of summer we are turning our thoughts to the fall. Now is the time to start plants for your fall garden.  You can also plant a second round of summer veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans and summer squash.  They will have plenty of time to ripen before the first frost – ...

International Permaculture Day @ Spiral Ridge Homestead 1

Wow!  What a great day we had yesterday here at Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead.  The rains held off and the people kept pouring in.  Over 50 people were here to build capacity for the permaculture movement.  Our intro talk went well,  the tour of our site was too short (we did not get through half ...