Agroforestry ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

AgroEcosystems: Creating homestead resilience

We are restoring a 9.25 acre clear cut hillside in the hills of middle Tn. We are primarily concentrating on various agroforestry systems. These systems include: Savanna Orchards, Fruit/Nut Hedges, Fuel Fences, Alley Cropping, Blk Locust/Poplar/Black Gum/White Oak Coppice, Woodland Mosaics, Bamboo Agroforestry, on contour raised beds and silvo pasturing. All of these systems are ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Farm Solar Campus: Permaculture Design Course 1

What a Weekend!  The Farm Solar Campus 1st Annual Winter Weekend Permaculture Design Course started with a group of eager students.  Our course curriculum kept students busy learning the design process, designing from day 1, learning how to create maps and gaining insight into the depth of knowledge contained within Permaculture education.  Students left happy, ...

Spiral Ridge Homestead ice storm 1

As I walked out to do my morning chores, and just get outside where I like to be more than anything.  I could not help but notice the beauty of the iced landscape.  As fractals of light appeared thru icicles hanging on buildings, fences and plants I felt as though I was in a magical ...

The Enchanted Edible Forest Garden (Part 2)

As I wander through life I always come back to the same old question.  Why am I here?  The answer is for the children and their children and on and on…. Seven Generations!  As some of you know we have been working hard to manifest an edible forest garden at The Farm School in Summertown, ...

Designing Edible Forest Gardens 2012

The 2012 Edible Forest Garden Design course certified 22 graduates on Sunday the 14th of October.  Saturday teams gathered to present their designs to the community.  The designs emerged from the design process that we taught during the course.  The designs impressed all of us.  The designs included a School Yard Forest Garden, a Small ...

2013 Weekend Permaculture Design Course

 2013 Winter Weekend PDC: Under $1000 Earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification during this five weekend course.  Permaculture is a design approach that uses ecological principles to create regenerative human communities that are harmoniously woven into the environment and that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.   Instructors include: Cliff Davis-Spiral ...

The Seed of Edible Forest Garden Design 1

The Edible Forest Garden Design Intensive 2012 started on Friday with 23 participants from Canada, Honduras, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Indiana,  Iowa, and Florida.  Yesterday we spent our time bonding with the group, going over course logistics and learning how ecosystems design.  From The Succession Game/Dance, to a wild design, and designing/planting a polycultur, we are ...