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    1. Merry Sep 8, 2010 4:35 pm

      Wow, the worm beds sound awesome.

    2. jeremy c. Nov 8, 2010 8:53 pm

      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.

    3. Wayne Weiseman Nov 26, 2010 12:27 pm

      Looks great brother. You are doing it! Looking forward to a visit this weekend. What is your address? Wayne

    4. Estar May 21, 2011 10:09 pm

      Do you ever do this course in a NW conifer forest setting?

    5. Estar May 27, 2011 9:08 pm

      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?

    6. Megan Macaraeg Jul 21, 2011 2:15 am

      will there be other permaculture workshops in Nashville, TN in 2011?

      • admin Aug 1, 2011 4:54 pm

        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.

    7. Howard Switzer Nov 5, 2011 1:43 pm

      Looking really great, Cliff, want to come visit sometime…

    8. Dave Jacke Nov 6, 2011 2:28 am

      Hey! Great to see some familiar faces and an unfamiliar path layout! Glad you had fun. Many blessings and much love! d

      • admin Nov 9, 2011 2:15 am

        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!

    9. Joel Hughes Nov 24, 2011 2:43 pm

      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.

    10. Wayne Weiseman Nov 27, 2011 12:41 pm

      Excellent work good brother. Look forward to eating some of that fruit in the near future.

    11. Howard Switzer Dec 15, 2011 3:53 pm

      Are there any women involved in this process?

    12. jeremy crosby Jan 24, 2012 7:01 pm

      Nice! Planning any earthworks courses this season?

    13. Janie Jan 26, 2012 6:20 pm

      I had no idea compost could be made in as little as 2 weeks, thank you so much for the link.

    14. Rebecca Apr 15, 2012 9:24 pm

      We’d love to get some! About how much will they each weigh?

      • admin Apr 24, 2012 6:38 pm

        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.

    15. Merry Apr 15, 2012 11:07 pm

      Awww, the paint (tinted plaster?) job on it looks awesome!

    16. Petra Meyer May 12, 2012 8:28 am

      Hi Friends,

      thanks for the friendship and your information about your interesting work with permaculture. very beautifull. congratulations.



    17. walker hancock May 15, 2012 8:32 pm

      hi! would you please send me more information about the EFG design intensive course? thank you so much! yeah!

    18. Alyson Bennett May 17, 2012 6:27 pm

      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!

    19. Katey Culver May 27, 2012 5:41 pm

      If there are piglets for sale count us in. We loved having pigs on the homestead!

    20. Matthew May 28, 2012 11:42 am

      Hey Cliff, this design looks great, I love the artistic nature of it. Great work!

    21. Alvin Mites May 31, 2012 7:57 pm

      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.

    22. Rudy Jun 11, 2012 12:58 am

      Greetings friend!

      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!


    23. Jorge Jun 11, 2012 1:29 pm

      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.

    24. Celini Logan Jun 20, 2012 4:01 am

      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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    26. christine cuomo Aug 4, 2012 6:40 am

      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.
      Christine Cuomo

      • admin Aug 6, 2012 2:19 pm

        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.

    27. Theresa Kennedy Aug 6, 2012 2:28 am

      Great design Cliff. I am looking forward to seeing more permaculture designs in Nashville’s landscapes.

    28. Richard Aug 6, 2012 7:26 pm

      A very refreshing and visually appealing site, Cliff. I would imagine this is your dear wife’s work:0) Good show, Kudos and Congrats!

    29. Marilyn McHugh Oct 9, 2012 11:31 pm

      Looks like a brilliant course, Cliff! Keep up the good work! 🙂


    30. Penryn Nov 13, 2012 6:27 pm

      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”!!!!

    31. Daniel Dessinger Jan 30, 2013 12:31 am

      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. 🙂

    32. Michael Victoria Moore Feb 4, 2013 11:42 pm

      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

    33. Jason Morse Jun 13, 2013 5:50 pm

      Good to see it working….

    34. matt fleener Aug 1, 2013 8:45 pm

      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!

      Matt Fleener

    35. Ryan Dec 27, 2013 8:55 pm

      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.

      • Cliff Davis Dec 28, 2013 5:54 pm

        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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    37. Scott Plumer Feb 7, 2014 10:20 am

      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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    44. Chris Gore Jan 18, 2017 9:15 am

      Struggling to book. I’ve created account, verified email, and still can’t pay my deposit 🙁

    45. Taylor Jan 23, 2017 10:26 pm

      What are the exact dates for this course?

    46. laura.jumonville@yahoo.com Apr 24, 2017 10:22 am

      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

    47. scarlettledonne Apr 30, 2017 2:59 pm

      I would like to attend the permaculture event on May 6th at Spiral Ridge also, if there are any openings left.

      Thank you

    48. rubywells May 5, 2017 9:57 am

      Is it too late to add me+1 for tomorrow?

    49. candiceparman May 5, 2017 3:59 pm

      Is it rain or shine?

    50. tessd60@gmail.com May 5, 2017 4:46 pm

      sent a request for place at may 6th tour a day or too ago. Is there still room
      Thanks Teresa

    51. FranKyra Jul 23, 2017 11:26 pm

      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

    52. don park Sep 11, 2017 11:48 am

      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

    53. befferyy Sep 27, 2017 9:37 am

      Is this course still available?

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