Category Archives: Food forest

Syntropy, a amazing agro forestry food forest system, not Permaculture per say, but it is!

This agro forestry video show what happens when farmers work with nature. Chop and drop is one of the main techniques on this farm for building soil. They are taking chop and drop to a whole new level. The soil and soil structure is beyond healthy alive soil. What is nice is this farm understands that they have to work with nature, but that the system needs to profitable at the same time. They are proving that a natural designed farm can be crazy profitable.
There is a quote from this video that gives me hope for farming in the future. The landowner says the soil is no good, then the system designer says”there is no bad soil”. This is because we as humans have the capacity to make our garden, farm and environment a better place.
So if you are wanting to start a permaculture farm I would watch this video several times. You will see how to build an amazing permaculture system. This farm is feeding the soil life at a dramatic level. Besides the tree systems, they are growing tons of food crops on raised beds with the tree system protecting the crop production.

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Making compost with trash cans with the help of Harvest Grocery in Chattanooga TN

We are stoked that we have the privilege to pick of the organic waste from Harvest Grocery in Chattanooga TN. Depending on the pick day and the amount of waste product we get, depends on the rate of compost we can make. Let me tell you one thing, our chickens and the …..Waddle Brigade….or ducks have learned to recognize the red trash cans we bring back from Harvest Grocery. The both come a running and waddling so see what treats they have today. The chickens and ducks are part of our permaculture system to build soil. The chickens do their thing, which is acting like a happy healthy chickens is to peck and scratch everything up. So they turn the compost pile for us. The ducks push their beaks in to the pile and push the organic matter deep into the pile. Plus both chickens and ducks poop on the pile as they work, manure is a key component to great compost. Then we have a system in place to run the duck pond water into and through the compost pile to get even more nutrients into the organic matter. Our permaculture systems allow us too use the habits of our birds to replace a pitch fork or a machine. This is why we are a permaculture farm, we find it is better to work within the systems of nature than spend our energy fighting natural systems.

Harvest Grocery teams up with The Farmer’s grove to help feed those that can use some top quality beyond Organic food

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Some of our free range chicken eating and doing what chickens want to do by turning scraps from Harvest Grocery into compost. Instead of using machines to turn our compost, the chickens do this for us and they love it!

Harvest Grocery store in Chattanooga Tennessee teams up with us at The Farmer’s Grove to to expand our practice of sharing 20% of our production of free range eggs, fruits and vegetables to those that could really use a helping hand. On our permaculture farm, we grow some of the best tasting and nutrient dense food possible. We can grow such quality only from live, healthy and happy soil. One of the techniques we use to have such a healthy soil is by using compost, but not just any compost. We need high quality ingredients to build a high quality compost. This is where Harvest Grocery comes in, they already have high quality food in their store. Since they have quality on their shelves, any waste they produce is high quality to begin with. So the waste from Harvest Grocery will be awesome inside a soil building compost.

I proposed to Harvest Grocery that if I could pick up there quality organic mater, I could build more compost, to build more healthy soil for more production and productivity on our permaculture farm. More production means we can give away more top shelf food to those that could really use it. How cool is that! By partnering with another local business, together we can feed folks in need in our local community with great tasting, high nutrient food. I don’t know about you, but if I needed some help I would much rather have the same food as a expensive restaurant serves, and not only cans of food that the original owners did not want to eat themselves. Since we are a permaculture farm, we follow the ethics of permaculture. One ethic is people care. Gladly giving away 20 percent of our production meets this ethical way of farming in the highest form.

Growing food and lush permaculture gardens in the front yard, why not?

Last weekend I was part of a family trip to an Amish farmers market in east Tennessee. Had a good time, even picked up some black raspberry plants to add to my growing berry collection. Part of permaculture is observing, and I personally enjoy looking, thinking, wondering and trying to connect the dots.

Clints permaculture gardenThis Amish community looked to be a step above a lot of other Amish communities I have seen over the years. Step up, may not be right, but it was set up very different than any I have seen. The community had a road that took the customers winding through the community. Sure they had the horse draw plows in the fields and the big cool barns. The crops looked great and no power lines were to be found. The difference was the family plots where smaller and way more diverse. This was not the normal big corn look, it had more of a home stead feel. It was not classic permaculture, but not far off. The plants and trees were planted with an ease to harvest for each home. The homes all had chickens, fruit tree orchards, vegetable gardens and grapes for home use. Some had family green house, some had a lot of green houses. To be blunt, they had it going on and it gave one a calming feeling just to be driving through there community. It was high on the coolness scale and the customers were pointing, smiling, gushing with joy as they drove by each plot.

From my observation, comes confusion.

People seem to enjoy almost love seeing a productive nice looking properties. People flock to see great landscaping, gush over locally grown food, watch shows on TV about landscaping and talk about one day having a garden or living on a little farm in the country. The reality is very different. They live, maintain and work in sterol yards. The have mostly unproductive grass that they slave over. Yards look like they come from a drab factory that looks the same mile after mile. This is very confusing to me.

How can this be, they go on vacations to see beauty and then return home to boring. What is more strange to me is how so many will think it is strange for a yard like mine that is diverse, blooming with color and food. They pay money to see great diversity outside of their everyday life. Then almost fight to keep boring in their own yard. The disconnect is between seeing beauty somewhere else, but it is not for everyday enjoyment.

To be honest, people as a whole confuse me greatly. I’m sure some are confused by me,so everything is equal. I guess. People are individuals, but are very tribal and group acting at the same time. Most people take pride in being an individual, then fall in line with the heard and the normal group society thinking like they are brainwashed and can’t help it. People are people, everyone is different in some way. What I can’t understand is why so many people seem to love a productive lush landscape and own such a boring one the see every day.