Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead
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It’s time again for International Permaculture Day! This will be Spiral Ridge Permaculture’s second year hosting an event. The theme for this year is “Reclaiming Food Freedom.” We can grow food in our backyards, redesign and save our farms to make them more regenerative and support the right companies with our buying power.
Cliff Davis and Jennifer Albanese have been developing an off-grid permaculture homestead for the last 5 years, on marginal land that was previously logged. They also run a permaculture & regenerative farm design firm, New Agrarian Design, as well as teach and host permaculture related courses. Come on out and find out what permaculture is all about. If you have been considering taking one of our courses, now is the opportunity to meet us as well as many of our course graduates, who will also be attending. We will start at 10:00 with an introduction to permaculture talk. We will also give a tour of our homestead. We will share what has worked, what we would do differently and more. We have a forest garden, nursery, organic garden, many earthworks demonstrations, a keyline plow, animal systems, etc.
Oh, and we will have a plant sale to boot. I have started over 30 varieties of heirloom and open pollinated tomatoes specifically chosen for this region, over 20 varieties of peppers, eggplants, herbs, and perennial plants like yarrow, chives, comfrey and more. We have expanded our selection from last year. More about how we grow our plants below.
Registering is easy. Just enter your email to tell us you are coming. This event is totally free.
Seed and Soil and Sustainability
Seeds – We source our seeds from companies that are committed to Non-GMO policies. Many of the varieties are open pollinated, heirlooms. We have also included some hybrids that have excellent disease resistance in our area.
Soil – Our plants are grown in a mineral-rich custom blend of the finest all organic ingredients. We use:
Homemade vermicompost and castings – We make these products in our worm farm in the high tunnel. Casts contains eight times as many micro-organisms as their feed! Pathogenic bacteria are reliably killed in the worms’ gut. Worm casts also contain five times more nitrogen, seven times more phosphorus, and 11 times more potassium than ordinary soil, the main minerals needed for plant growth. Also rich in humic acids, which condition the soil, have a perfect pH balance, and contain plant growth factors similar to those found in seaweed. There’s nothing better to put in your garden!
Peat Moss – Canadian sourced from a company that restores harvested peat bogs to functioning wetlands. We reduce our Peat Moss use by including…
Coconut Coir – Renewable resource and excellent potting medium made from coconut husks.
Perlite – prevents soil compaction
Kelp – Kelp releases nutrients slowly as they are broken down by soil microorganisms. Kelp contains over 70 vitamins and minerals beneficial to plants.
Azomite – a natural re-mineralizer for soil. It contains more than 67 trace mineral elements and every essential micro-mineral needed by plants and animals, including a wide range of rare earth elements and other minerals not included in fertilizers or animal feeds.
Lime – to neutralize acidity of peat moss.
Collodial Rock Phosphate – soft rock phosphate is insoluble in water, will not leach away, and therefore is long-lasting. Has 18% phosphorous and 15% calcium as well as trace elements.
Greensand – For Slow-release Potassium & Trace Minerals New Jersey Greensand (also known as glauconite) is an organic source of potassium (3%).
Feathermeal – an excellent long-term source of nitrogen
Endomycorrhizal Fungi – We sprinkle inoculant onto the roots of the plant when we up pot. The fungi colonize the root system and form a symbiotic relationship with the plant. This increases water and nutrient absorption capabilities and helps protect the plants from pathogens.
Sustainability – We use soil blocks to reduce the amount of plastic used during the initial stages of growth. We transplant into recycled plastic pots that have been cleaned or bought pots that are made from recycled bottles. We use recycled plastic yogurt containers or recyclable wood for our plant tags.
Bookings are closed for this event.