Functional farm design with space and place, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 28
Permaculture and regenerative Design is the flow of a farm to cut waste and energy with high production and income. Good design can seem to complex to jump into. There is so much to think about, so many things we all want on our places. The issue becomes clear as we try to look at a space as a whole place and this is very difficult to design for, because it gets overwhelming. If we figure out what places or functions we need, we can design for that place and the functions and needs of that one place in the larger scope of things. Once we give a open space and real place of function, now we get design the one place to perform the tasks or that the place. Like a market garden is a place or a tree nursery is a place. As your designing a place, a good design lets the places of functions flow into in place of function.
Simple Caveman gardening, no till, no dig, less water and little weeding, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 27
Gardening and farming with less work, weeding, no tilling and no digging. How would a caveman garden? Well the caveman will not complicate growing vegetables. The caveman would see the point to grow food, is well to get food. I can’t see a caveman wasting time on things in the garden to piddle around. He has to hunt big critters with sticks so he is busy.
All kidding aside, what can we do in are garden to get the prize, food! What can we NOT do in our garden or on our farm to get the prize. This is a goal of mine, a annual garden is temporary, short lived and no a long play in a ecological system. I want to spend little time in a annual garden so I have more time building systems that are permanent. A permanent is a long term play and pays us back for generations. A annual garden is important, but since it is short lived, we need to figure out ways to get the products of a annual garden with as little energy as possible. If you give a plant more than it needs, the extra is waste. If you spend more time or energy on a annual garden, the time and energy spent is waste. Waste not want not.
How sustainable farms might be destroying their income. Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 26
What is the real value set that brings in income for any farm? The farmer can have value, the farm can have value, but these two values are secondary to the true value that gives you, your income and gross sales on your the farm. If you look around the sustainable regenerative permaculture landscape, you will notice that a lot of farms make little money. Their systems are spot on, but they struggle on the income side. There can be several reasons for this, but a common pattern that shows up is that this farms put their energy into concepts that ignore the value that is life blood of every successful farm.
In the Lean system, value only comes from the customer. Value is not the business or the product. Anything that is not customer value is waste.
This brings us to today’s podcast. What does your customer value? Have you ever really though about this. Is it being in nature, farms that support wildlife, no chemicals, great tasting products, education, and more. My question is for modern sustainable farms, does your sexual preference matter to a customer buying blackberries from you? Does you religion? How about what you eat, vegan or meat eater? Do you think a customer wants to be insulted by being sprayed with topics of white privilege, colonialism, politics, identity politics like…everything is racism or male toxicity or even Nazi insults of some other group flowing through social justice concepts or virtue signaling rants? Have you every thought if the customer does not value the consent social warrior speak and preaching, is this preaching this is waste? Worse than that, average people will smile as they look for away to get away from you. They came to your farm or farm stand for their reasons, not the farmers. Why would a farm or farm web site think this is what customers value or even want to get preached at about social justice ideologies.
Your job in a free market is to value the value from the customer, if you don’t they will go elsewhere. If customers keep going elsewhere, you go out of business. It is your farm or garden, just be aware of how you are viewed from the values of the customer not what you think is the most important.
Growing Blueberries with a Regenerative Permaculture slant, Regenerative Permaculture farm and Garden podcast 25
How to and best ways to grow blueberries on a farm for income or in a personal system for fruit for family and friends. U-pick farms are a interesting way to make money on a farm or large garden. The berries are great to eat, but the entertainment of urban folks to be out in nature is a massive farm these days.
Blueberries are not hard to grow. As with all plants, you have to meet the needs of the plant and soil life and the plant grows itself. Blueberries need acidic soil, they are very happy at PH of 5 to 5.5, but can get along up to PH 6.5. Blueberries like high organic matter in soil with a nice moister level. They like mulch and always produce more in full sun, but will produce in some shade.
On tonight’s podcast regenerative permaculture podcast, we look at way to add blueberries to our systems. Blueberries are a joy to eat and pick on any farm or in a backyard garden. As normal, lets looks at blueberries in the wild, and mimic the natural processes that produce high quality berries.
Permaculture Basics 3 for zone one garden, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast 24
Going through the though processes for basic permaculture design for a Zone one garden. Design is a powerful way to have a happy living space that works for you and not just works you. Plus let’s not make this concept complicated. Permaculture does not need to seem like a you need a masters degree or you have to hire a …expert. What makes permaculture different is that you need to be creative and open minded like an artist and logical like Spock from Star trek.
Farming income trap, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 23
How to make money and income from your farm or garden. More important how not to set a trap that you set that will trap you into a narrow field of vision, narrow decision mindset and a narrow way to see farm income. The farmer and the farm are different. The income for the farmer is the goal, your income. So a farmer that set a trap for him or herself says that for them to be successful they need to have the farm activity be the total of income. For example, a produce farm needs to produce enough vegetables to make the income for the farmer. This mindset is common in small agriculture everywhere. This is what I call…THE TRAP OF A. This is where a farmer says they are A veg farmer, A fruit farmer, A herb farmer or A poultry farmer. The key to the trap is the…A. A anything is limited.
Farming business, miss understanding for income security, Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 22
If you want to make money and real income, you have to understand the most powerful action you can be taking. This is way more important than how many pounds of food you sale or what you get per pound. Social Capital has to be a major focus in the modern business world. If you want to make income, you have to make the life’s of other better in some way. If you do this, you social capital account will grow. Once you have this account high, you will find that making income is easy. Without, who really cares what you have to say. If you don’t have social capital, you are in the commodity low income business.
Permaculture basics zone one, why? Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 21
This is a part two of understanding permaculture in a way that you can see that you can do it and have the advantages of permaculture. The zones in permaculture is a simple format to get a person to think about what they need and where to put plants and structures in a manner that designs the way we as humans will have food, herbs and animals. The main purpose of a design is to allow the land user to take full advantage of their environment.
When I observe where and how Paw Paw trees thrive, I see some of the same natural patterns over and over again. They like rich soil, lots of mulch and being next to moister source. Paw Paw trees are mostly found in nature, on the high banks of creeks and rivers or next to low spots in the woods. Of course the creeks and rivers have water, but low spots hold on the water as well. How can we design the paw paw needs into a planting method. After a lot of thought, a fertility bed or a banana circle.
If you dig a bed that meets your area, shape I don’t think has to be a circle. Dig the bed 2 feet in depth and pile the soil you dug out and ring the bed to make a berm of soft soil. Plant your paw paw trees in the berm. Fill the fertility bed with all manners of organic matter. Lots of wood, brush, hay, leaves, grass clippings, etc. Fill up the bed to the top of the berm with all the organic material. I would say 70% woody material and only 30% green material will give you a great fungal growing medium for the Paw Paw trees.
Compost and building soil, Regenerative Permaculture farm and garden podcast 20
Making compost is a great product for any garden. We look the carbon to nitrogen ratio, brown to green for making compost. Bringing air and moister to a compost pile. how big and what size does the compost pile need to be. Air is important to the compost pile, turning the compost will give you this.
Making compost is a great product for any garden. We look the carbon to nitrogen ratio, then we look at building soil on scale.