Earthworks ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

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 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 ...

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 – ...

Regenerative Earthworks Course

Come learn how to achieve dramatic results on your farm or garden using simple tools and technologies at our living lab called Spiral Ridge.  Register today. Drought proof your landscape. Create biologically active nutrient dense soil. Design for earthworks using a simple process. Stay on a farm that showcases many simple earthworks systems. Sequester carbon ...

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, ...

Sculpting the Earth for Abundance! 1

The 2012 Regenerative Earthworks course here at Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead ended yesterday with the blessing of rain.  For 5 days we studied how the design process, layout and implementation is applied to Earthworks.  We started by getting our first impressions of the site, articulating the goals of the site, doing site assessment and analysis ...

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, ...

The Enchanted Edible Forest Garden Outdoor Classroom

From Design to Build.  We are now in the middle of implementing the Farm Schools Enchanted Edible Forest Garden.  From Design layout, Tree removal, Radial Trenches and Swales The Farm school is being transformed into one of the first edible forest school gardens in the USA.  The school children are helping with the building of ...

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 ...