Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden 5, part 2 crock pot permaculture design, honesty is key

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden 5, part 2 crock pot permaculture design, honesty is key


This is the second part of a thought I have had about permaculture design. Not saying this way of design is the …right way or the…best way, but crock pot design may allow you too end up with the perfect design for you system and for you.

Why do you want a permaculture or regenerative farm and garden system. What exactly is the purpose of your reason to want a system? You HAVE to know exactly, clearly and define what you are designing for. This is not the place for good vibes and warm feelings. Plus to have to give yourself permission to be honest with ourselves.

Crock Pot Permaculture is designing slow and steady and bring in complexity over time, not forced in a weekend.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 4, crock pot permaculture design, slow, steady, simple to complex

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 4, crock pot permaculture design, slow, steady, simple to complex.


An Idea to chew on, designing a permaculture system or a regenerative system with complexity designed in it from the beginning of the design, complexity could be or may be forced. If forced, then the design might has issues down the road when it is in reality of the environment  and off the paper.

Regenerative permaculture design can be in an all out design assault in a day, week or a month.As designers, we can look at maps, sun angles, soil types, shape of the land, energy flows and resources available. Have a walk around the property and have a talk about what you or what the client wants. Then sit down and design to system in a few days to a few weeks.

Maybe, just maybe  the design can be looked at like a crock pot, it will have a better chance to reach its true potential. A crock pot, takes simple ingredients, cooks slow and steady and the complexity builds over time in flavor. I think design can also be like a good personal relationship, it gets better over time because each in the relationship learns each other more deeply and can read and understand each other better. I’m just not sure how a design that is made into master plan from a short time relationship and time period with the land can see all the opportunity that will expose itself over time.

I’m not saying one way of design is better than the other, just thinking out loud and what I see from my own permaculture journey.

Two year old permaculture system at The Farmer’s grove on slope

permaculture farm on slope

Only two seasons from a abused horse pasture too what you see in the photo. This is what a permaculture system can look like in very short order, even on a slope. We designed this system to work with nature to start an living ecology. As you can see with this part farm, it is a tree system that will produce some amazing fruit in the near future. We are building soil with rotations of cover crops year round. We also follow the pattern of nature by having maximum edge effect for great diversity of plant, animal life and using maximum solar gain. We have also stopped the devastating effects of erosion on a farmed slope by using very old technology as simple as placement of logs and rocks too digging micro swales that will slow and sink the water and nutrients into the slope.

Regenerative Permaculture Creative income Flash 1, Chickens stop cars and ask for food or bio mass for farmer or gardener.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and garden Creative income Flash 1, Chickens stop cars and ask for food or bio mass for farmer or gardener.

farm income free feed

One of many creative ways to bring income, savings, materials, bio mass or value to your farm or garden from seeing income and marketing from a creatives view point.

A mom is going to pick up her children at the local school. On the way she see’s a trailer, with wood sides on the side of the road. This is not why she perked up. She see’s a 4 foot x 4 foot clear, bright sharp photo of some feeding chicken and one cute chicken looking right at her at she drive close. Then she sees the text. Me and my sisters would love to eat your old pumpkins at our Sunday Tea party. The mom almost has to smile as she thinks about the pumpkins that are sitting on her steps that are past due for Halloween or Thanksgivings decorations. So the next time she drives this way, she stops at the trailer to drop off 5 big pumpkins that where in her way. As she steps out of the car and brings over the first pumpkin, she is telling the chickens, she hope they enjoy the pumpkins at their Sunday tea party. This is where she sees a smaller sign that explains where the pumpkins are going,…your farm or garden. She learns of someone that is using the pumpkins instead of letting this great resource end up rotten in a dump. She also learns about…your farm or garden…and what are the different ways you will use the gift she is sharing with in her own community. Some will will be treats for the chickens, cows or pigs. Some will be composted to build the best soil so ….your farm or garden can supply the highest quality nutrient dense food for your local families. The mom, smiles again, she now sees how her simple action today, it for a good cause and for her community. The she pulls out her smart phone to take a photo of the sign to share this local farm or garden to her social media and maybe the local paper. She also takes the pic, because she wants to know more about this local family farm or garden that wants to do the right thing. She is thinking, this is the type of farm I would want to buy from and check out.

We each as a gardener or farmer can find creative ways to add value, resources and even income. This concept came to me from a phone call from a lady in town that knew that I composed. She told me I was welcome to her pumpkins that are no longer wanted after Thanksgiving, because they where for decoration.

What farm would not want great organic matter for composting or for free animal feed. I’m sure if you think about this, you kind find ways to use products like this in your own system.

How you approach this will be key. You don’t have to use my sign idea. You can come up with a better way I’m sure. But you need to figure out how to grab someones attention, make them smile and want to be part of the recycling program you are setting up. What you DO NOT want to do, is throw up a sloppy hand painted sign or say something to shame them into working with you. This, as in all marketing needs to be for the customers, not an environmental  agenda or some kind of manipulation.

The advantage is several fold. One, you receive some great organic material. Two, you give your local community a way to start working with a farm or garden. Three, great advertising that is really cheap to you, but can lead to some interesting places on social media. Four, not waste a resource. Five, cut feed cost. Six, build social capital in your local area. Seven, meet new folks. Eight, get some new customers.

12 foot Jerusalem Artichoke on The Farmer’s Grove, great food and biomass

permaculture farm in southeast

On The Farmer’s Grove we grow a lot of Jerusalem Artichokes for a couple of good reasons. Fist Jerusalem Artichokes are a great root crop that is a perennial. Not only does it expand itself without replanting every year in our regenerative system. They are good to eat and are ready to pick in the winter when a lot of other products are not available.

Another reason we love Jerusalem Artichokes is the biomass. They get big and have a hard but hollow steam that makes a great chop and drop plant. Just by the make up of the stalk, soil organism love the hollow stalks to build Bactria and fungal condominiums.

last but not least, by growing so much of this plant, we can have roots to sell or trade with other land owners, to get more of this amazing plant on more and more properties.

Cool season cover crops on The Farmer’s Grove, permaculture in Tennessee

 cover crops in tennessee


One of the way we build soil is with cool season cover crops. This year we have tillage radishes, winter oats, winter wheat, rye, purple vetch and crimson clovers. This was done in the natural farming principles from the great book, The One Straw Revolution. We did not spray and chemicals, add chemical fertilizer, plow or anything else that would hurt or soil life. This is important too us at The Farmer’s Grove because the more life that is in our soil, the more nutrient dense our crops, nuts and fruits are.

The Farmer’s Grove protecting Paw Paw trees with banana trees, permaculture design

tennessee permaculture

One of the ways we use permaculture design to support our Paw Paw trees on the farm. The banana trees are on the west side of the young paw paw trees.  This gives the under story paw paw trees a relief from the smoking hot summer sun. Then once frost comes to Tennessee, we chop and drop the banana trees to mulch and build soil around the paw paw trees.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 3 , The power of compounded human interest over time



Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 3 , The power of compounded human interest over time.

By compounded human interest, I am referring to the human energy that compounds the results on a permaculture system over time. Just like with a steady investment that grows over time, your energy compounds over time in your own designs.

This makes sense to everyone i’m sure. The more tree’s for example you plant, you are spending that amount of energy per tree or per day. You can see the results of the day. You might plant 6 tree’s or 60. But if you plant 6 to 60 trees 3 times a week over a year or 5 years, your systems compounds by 936 to 9,120 trees with this example by planting 6 or 60 trees. If you plant one tree a day over a year, that’s 365 trees you will have after one year. Simple math for sure, but if a person plans to plant one tree a day by design, look at the result the system receives. No nano technology complexity here! The trick is to plan your human energy, by setting goals per day, week, month of year. If you plan this out, each day or task can be easy, short and sweet, but the compounding interest grows everyday. This is building personal and system wealth by having a plan and sticking to it.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 2, natural farming, cover crops, building soil


Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 2, natural farming, cover crops, building soil

This week on the Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden Podcast we look at natural farming. A few things first about Natural Farming that seems to get lost when getting involved with a simple natural approach to farming. We talk about not just following a system of someones you read about. Every system need to be put in personal perspective and context. An example of this is seed balls.
Then we get into regenerative soil building with cover crops. I received a message about this and thought we could cover the topic better than we could with a short message. Cover crops can jump start any system if done in a productive way. I don’t use a tractor, because I follow the Natural Farming mindset. I broadcast seeds by hand and always try to have a plan that helps me instead of fighting me. We will cover how I have found to grow cover crops in a certain order to get a great result. Then, as in permaculture, we want our personal systems to recycle its own energy and nutrients. What are some ways we can help our farm or gardens reach this goal.

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 1, Is permaculture just a socialist chick flick movie, the trailer yes, movie NO!

regenerative permaculture podcast

Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast 1, Is permaculture just socialist a chick flick movie, the trailer yes, movie NO!


This week we are asking a few questions about permaculture. What is real permaculture? What is the main style of marketing of permaculture today? Does this matter for regenerative farming and gardening as far as building up our design and living with nature believers. It seems like permaculture from the outside looking in, is like a movie trailer. What is the trailer saying about permaculture, can it better? is the marketing or movie trailer of permaculture building the ranks or regenerative permaculture or turning folks off. I say for the most part, if your a type R gene set, hyper liberalism is the best face to place on permaculture. If you like me as a type K gene set, this hyper liberalism is a turn off, just like President Trump is to the hyper liberal. This issue of mystical aggressive liberalism, except for the coasts and a few big cities is a loser with marketing permaculture, trying to sell over the top activism to most people is a epic fail.
This podcast may seem over the top to a lot of permaculture people, I truly understand this. The reason I am starting this podcast with such a topic is to explain who I am marketing permaculture too, and is not a very liberal social justice warrior. This podcast, I hope will explain this in detail. If you are offended by this podcast, The Regenerative Permaculture Farm and Garden podcast may not be for you. Permaculture is or should be uplifting, not a negative experience. So don’t listen if this podcast if it gives you hart burn. You have plenty of other material out there to enjoy.
I am not attacking anyone, or the very far left. I want everyone to be in permaculture or some ecological movement. The difference with us, is that we are not going to spend one second trying to talk or think like a social warrior. This would be dishonest for us and I don’t see how one person being dishonest with another person being in line with…..people care.