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Nashville PDC June 2012

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Nashville Permaculture Design Course PDC 2012 1

The Nashville Permaculture Design Course 2012 Dates have changed June 1,2,3/9,10/16,17/22,23,24   Course Description Permaculture is a design system for ecological living, integrating plants, animals, buildings, people, and communities.  It offers a new paradigm for creating sustainable, productive, and beautiful human environments using natural ecosystems as models. Through experience and participation in classroom and on-location ...

Edible Forest Garden Installation 2

Today was a great day to plant our first installation of our homestead edible forest garden.  The weather was rainy, and the temperature was in the 60’s.  The timeline of our homestead edible forest garden starts two and half years ago.  The site had a lot of debris from the December 2007 clear cut.  After ...

Edible Forest Gardens: Access & Circulation 4

We had a great day today starting the second phase of our homestead Edible Forest Garden.  The first phase of our design was to build several small duck ponds with interconnecting swales.  This fertilized water along with our movable chicken ship created a very fertile soil.  Today we looked over our designs for the area ...

Poly Pipe Chicken Tractor

Well…  We have built several Chicken Tractors now and the latest version has been inspired by all our past tractors, needs and tractors we have seen online.  Our newest version can be used for rabbits, weeder geese, meat chickens, and ducks.  This tractor was designed to move from one zone of use to another without ...

Pastured Poultry

We got our cornish cross chicks the other day and they are doing great.  We have them in a small movable cage on one or our swales.  They are eating the grass and bugs plus we feed them a stater mix supplemented with sea kelp, redmonds salt and worms from our worm farm.  In 8 ...

Featured Event: Backyard Permaculture Series

Backyard Permaculture Series w/ Cliff Davis of Spiral Ridge Permaculture Gardens Empower yourself to make positive and lasting change by learning how to design your backyard into an abundant oasis. Sustainability starts at your doorstep. This series is designed to teach you the basics of home-scale self reliance. Each day long mini-course introduces the theory ...

Thermophilic Composting

Our intensive garden system inside our permaculture greenhouse demands constant fertility renewal.  So we have started to research the Thermophilic composting method  here at Spiral Ridge Permaculture Gardens and Nursery.  This is a rapid bio digestion process where the ideal conditions for the rapid growth and colonization of bacteria are created and maintained. This facilitates the expedient destruction and ...

Featured Event! 4

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 Date: September 23 (7pm)- October 2 (4pm), 2011 Location: The Farm Education Conference Center, 150 Schoolhouse Rd. and Spiral Ridge Permaculture Gardens, 444 Walker Rd., ...

Designing a Permaculture Nursery 3

Well the last two days Matthew English and I have been designing techniques and strategies for starting a small edible forest garden nursery at our site on Spiral Ridge.  After having a couple of design sessions we came up with the patterns needed to start such an endeavor.  The key to a Permaculture nursery is ...