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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 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 ...

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 ...

Regenerative Farming Systems: Soil Biology Part 1

Regenerative Farming Systems are something that we are researching here on our small scale family Permaculture Homestead.   The original concept of Permaculture was ‘Permanent Agriculture’.  One question that I have always pondered is how do we design a ‘permanent’ farming system?  The answer to that is use low impact, regenerative techniques and strategies along with ...

DIY Regenerative Earthworks

I have been studying earthworks for several years now and I am always amazed at how much information there is to learn.  Recently I started to learn an entire different aspect of earthworks: DIY Earthworks with small machinery.  The learning curve takes a little while but as you get the hang of it one can ...

Homestead Friends

We are so blessed to have friends who stop in and help us out here at Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead.  We had a great time doing some much needed maintenance on our edible forest garden.  Zach and Eric, market gardeners from Austin, TX stopped in on their way home to help out and see what ...