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 – or plant under tunnels, like we do, and extend the harvest. This week we will also be planting cabbages, broccoli, greens, and lettuce. The tricky part is finding a cool spot to optimize germination. Looks like it is time to create a cool microclimate.
We have some great course offerings this fall inspired by the success of our June Permaculture Design Course (PDC). In the early part of June we hosted our first 12 day Permaculture Design Certificate Course: The Small Farm PDC, entirely on our homestead, Spiral Ridge. Past PDC’s usually required us renting out a venue, usually on The Farm community land, to hold our courses. We were nervous, as all classroom time was to be spent under a circus like canopy tent with hands-on activities around the homestead. The outdoor shower and composting toilet were rustic simplicity. Most students would be camping, with others in private rooms on The Farm. We were cooking for 15 in a 10×10 kitchen. Would everyone be comfortable? Would the weather be agreeable? As it turns out, the weather was quite rainy, but everyone loved it. It was a huge success!
Love the homestead! Love the food! Slept like a log! ~ PDC student, Matt
We were encouraged by the 100% positive experiences of our students and decided to offer another Homestead Permaculture Design Course this fall, entirely on-site. In fact we are hosting a Fall 2013 Permaculture Homesteading Series. This will include a 13 day PDC as well as a Food Forest Intensive and a Regenerative Earthworks course. The Food Forest Intensive will focus on creating perennial ecosystems that mimic those found in nature, but planted with our choice of useful plants, whether they be edible, medicinal, forage or craft materials, etc. Regenerative Earthworks will focus on water catchment and soil building. These courses can be taken separately or combined for a discount.
Registration is now open. Sign up now to reserve your spot and get an early bird discount.
So don’t let the heat slow you down. Start making plans for an awesome fall in your garden or visiting ours. We would love to have you.