Wow, the worm beds sound awesome.
Nice system! I have a pawpaw/ blueberry berm that is watered by a greywater/rainwater system I designed that has been a lifesaver during this dry summer. Can’t wait for the pawpaws to start coming in! I decided not to plumb my greywater in but instead opted to hand shlep the water (just beyond the kitchen door). The benefits of that were to save money on plumbing (house was built in the 50’s), avoid legal issues, and control the amount of water based on current weather conditions (if its raining a lot- I don’t add greywater). The major drawback is that not all my greywater gets reused.
Nice to hear from you. We are going to grow paws paws on ours too! They come this week. Yeah!
Looks great brother. You are doing it! Looking forward to a visit this weekend. What is your address? Wayne
Do you ever do this course in a NW conifer forest setting?
Which course are you refering to? I am based in the Southeast but will consider teaching i the NW if there is a host to sponsor the course. Interested?
I was referrinng to this one: Forest Garden Design Intensive Edible Ecosystems Emerging: Food Forestry for the 21st Century – A 9-Day Intensive Forest Garden Design Training – With Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens and Friends. I’d like to look into what it would take to host/bring this to the Inland NW. Where do we go from here?
We (Spiral Ridge) only host courses here, where we live. You need to contact Dave Jacke personally to see if you can bring the course to your area. His site is http://www.edibleforestgardens.com
will there be other permaculture workshops in Nashville, TN in 2011?
Megan, thank you for your interest in or upcoming courses. As of now we have to courses for the fall. The Edible Forest Garden Design intensive and the Backyard Permaclture Series. Take a look at our Events page on our website for further info. I highly recommend the Edible Forest Garden Design intensive. Thank you.
Looking really great, Cliff, want to come visit sometime…
Thanks Howard, Good to hear from you. I am interested in working with you more. Like to see you and Katie sometime soon.
Hey! Great to see some familiar faces and an unfamiliar path layout! Glad you had fun. Many blessings and much love! d
Hey! Thanks for the comment. Yes familiar faces indeed. I thought a lot about that! The paths are a mix of yours and an additional path with a node. Good to hear from you. Thanks for everything!
This looks wonderful! It is exciting to see the design morph into reality. It was a great experience to be part of the design process in the Forest Garden Design Intensive class, so I have a personal interest in how the garden develops. These articles and pictures are always inspiring.
Excellent work good brother. Look forward to eating some of that fruit in the near future.
Are there any women involved in this process?
Well, Yes the client is involved. She has been a very large part of the process. What are you really getting at?
Nice! Planning any earthworks courses this season?
We are planning a Regenerative Earthworks course in the late fall. I will let you know more asap.
I had no idea compost could be made in as little as 2 weeks, thank you so much for the link.
We’d love to get some! About how much will they each weigh?
In twelve weeks they are said to get up to 4 pounds. We are free ranging them but now they are in a small tractor being fed very well with azomite, seaweed, grain, redmonds salt, and oyster shells. Another week and they go into the big tractor in the field.
Awww, the paint (tinted plaster?) job on it looks awesome!
Great to hear from you Merry. The oven is great and the pizza too.
thanks for the friendship and your information about your interesting work with permaculture. very beautifull. congratulations.
hi! would you please send me more information about the EFG design intensive course? thank you so much! yeah!
You can find more info under Events on the website. Register and pay there. See ya soon…
Anne Elizabeth Dillon suggested I look into this class. It sounds WONDERFUL! I know that I could learn alot, unfortunately, I cannot afford the fee….I have to take advantage of the free UT extension classes at Ellington Ag 🙂 I love what you are doing/teaching!
If there are piglets for sale count us in. We loved having pigs on the homestead!
There will be piglets for sale. We have a mule foot male and female and a female red wattle. I will let you know when we have babies.
Hey Cliff, this design looks great, I love the artistic nature of it. Great work!
Hey Guys — great job both in getting the attention of what I’m assuming is a municipal contract near Nashville and in the design itself. Hope your lives continue to flourish.
I am currently in a PDC course and have been given the task to design a permaculture nursery for my project. Are there any suggestions or ideas that you could share? This post is nearly two years old and mentions a blog where you would discuss the progression of your nursery: could you provide a link to this blog?
Thanks a bunch!
Is it still too late to chat about this?
Love the podcast. Great to see it back up and cotiniunng! For me, being a part of the population that tries to get out of the 9-5 corporate and get into permaculture its inspiring whenever you interview one of these people living their permaculture dreams. I wholeheartedly agree with cliff, while I live in a small studio apartment I have persuaded my parents to allow me to start working on our old backyard in the suburbs a few times a year. While I have not taken any classes yet, and have read many books, in the end I don’t think much can replace just getting your hands dirty. Great work frank and thank you for the podcast! Have you heard of Derrick Jensen? I think his work concerning the relationship between ecology and civilization would be a great perspective to bring onto the show.
Would love to come, sounds right up my alley. Plz keep me posted with reference to the possibility of a scholarship.
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good morning, my name is Christine and have worked in gardens in Nashville for three years, attained a master gardener certificate during that time, changed jobs and now work in “landscaping” which I hate but the pay is so much better. My question is if you would be having any permaculture classes, workshops like on weekends, ones that would be more affordable. Also, what would be the best way to learn more about permaculture?
Currently, I have three raised beds, elderberries, native plums, figs, blueberries, blackberries, this year I have an herb garden, with some comfrey for the compost and my rabbit. I have four hens that keep everything lush, two compost piles, Ive used little cover crops and also have a small worm farm, which I am debating to let them free range………my goals currently are to increase my soil health as best can, I am struggling with watering issues. I have tried chapman bucket system which really hasn’t worked that well, dont really know what Im doing wrong and have no one to bounce questions off of. right now I have soaker hose and that even doesnt seem to work too well. I have one rain barrel, I want more tough. I have my strawberries irrigated with the rain barrel, however, that is now dry. My yard is filled with some grass, evening primrose, roses (not for long with the rose rosette disease), three comfrey plants, the beds, fruits various wild flowers and herbs. I am trying but want to learn so much more but don’t know where to go and what is cost effective to me and that I have time to do, I also have three boys to take care of.
Any guidance I would seriously appreciate.
Thanks so much.
It is great to hear from you. We have had a lot of interest in having another weekend permaculture course. We are looking to have another in the early spring of 2013. Please email us and we can add you to our seasonal newsletter.
Your garden sounds great. Please read Gaia’s Garden. This is a great start.
Great design Cliff. I am looking forward to seeing more permaculture designs in Nashville’s landscapes.
A very refreshing and visually appealing site, Cliff. I would imagine this is your dear wife’s work:0) Good show, Kudos and Congrats!
It is getting better. Yes Jen has done almost all of it. Even the Logo. DIY everything.
Looks like a brilliant course, Cliff! Keep up the good work! 🙂
Looks like a wonderful experience. Also looks as though a lot of restoration has been provided to your land. Maybe I can make it next fall. Love to all. Oh, and I love love love the “twale”!!!!
It was a great weekend! Looking forward to the next one. I’ve been plotting how to get enough tape measures to map my existing property for practice. 🙂
Congratulations – love to see the keyline plow in action. I can’t wait for a time when it is a rare day when you run across someone who does not know the benefits of regenerative agriculture and the keyline plow. All the best, Genesis Permaculture
Good to see it working….
For anyone thinking about going to a course at Spiral Ridge, DO IT! I just took my PDC there and it was by far the experience and education of a lifetime. Cliff, Jenn, and the rest of the crew are the salt of the earth and true practitioners of all angles of this craft. Trust me…. DO IT… you will not regret it… and you will probably see me there for the earth works!
Thank you for posting the results of your experiment. My question is this, did the goats and hogs favor the bamboo over other options, or did they eat it in the absence of other foods? Either way this is good news I was just curious.
Ryan. Great to hear from you. Great question. We had already fed the hogs that day and they have several bales of hay to munch on throughout the day. So they had already been fed for the day. The bamboo was an afternoon snack
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Interesting. I’ve been kicking this around for a while. We divert the water from our laundry into our yard to avoid filling up our septic tank (we do a lot of laundry with two boys), but right now all it is is a pool hose running out our garage and into the yard. In the winter, it often freezes up and is a pain to clear, so I’m seriously considering doing something like this when it thaws. Why is the trench filled with wood chips & sawdust instead of gravel? It seems like the degradable material would need to be replaced periodically, and would get gunked up faster than gravel.
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Struggling to book. I’ve created account, verified email, and still can’t pay my deposit 🙁
What kind of error message are you receiving? I want to make sure this is not a problem for everyone. In the meantime, I can send you a paypal invoice for the deposit to your email. Are you registering for one person?
It may be because I’m on a mobile device. It’s odd. It just will not let me complete the steps. I’ll try on my PC tonight and let you know. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org 1 person.
It’s like it doesn’t recognize I’m logged in so it keeps saying log in to register.
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I would like to attend the permaculture event on May 6th at Spiral Ridge. Hope there’s still room for one more guest. Thanks! Laura Jumonville
Yes, there is. I will add you to email list and send directions this week.
I would like to attend the permaculture event on May 6th at Spiral Ridge also, if there are any openings left.
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Is it too late to add me+1 for tomorrow?
Nope! I am sending an email to you now.
Is it rain or shine?
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sent a request for place at may 6th tour a day or too ago. Is there still room
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We put the coupon code “NEWS for $100 off” and it did not accept it. Please get back with us about this and we will sent out the $600 deposit. We are so excited to take course. Thank you!
Frank and Kyra
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I just register the course Oct 14 -15 2017.
Can I mail $ 150 deposit to 444 walker rd, Summertown Tn 38483 ?
Thank you very much for your helps.
Best regards, Don Park
Yes of course.
Is this course still available?
Yes it is.
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