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.
One of my main missions at The Farmer’s Grove is to build better soil. Personally we grow soil, and the plants grow themselves. Plus it makes us smile on the farm, because we know the food we grow with taste better and have a high nutrition than plants grown in lack luster soil or chemically grown. One way we do this is to grow cover crops, these cover crops are the back bone of our Permaculture systems. Every time we sow the cover crop seeds, we have a choice. We can till, plow, use chemicals. These are not the best option for healthy soil, so we follow the example of Masanobu Fukuoka. In his book The One Straw revolution, he shows how to grow great crops and build soil fertility at the same time. This is not the norm today in industrial agriculture or even most certified large scale organic farms. We sow the seeds of buckwheat, soy beans, millet and corn the old way, by hand. Then we use two telephone poles chained behind a jeep to push over the biomass to the ground. The biomass of clover and vetch mulches and feeds the soil life once we lay it on the ground. This mulch keep the soil and seeds moist. It also nurses the germinating seeds to grow big and strong. Then the mulch will break down and feed the new plants over time. This is the natural way plants grow in nature. This is why we use this method on The Farmer’s Grove.
As a Permaculture principle, this way of farming and nurturing plants, uses less inputs and time on or part. So we can move on to the next project without wasting time and resources. I know this seem too simple to work, but look at nature. No one is plowing, tilling or adding chemical fertilizers to wild plants. These wild plants grow strong and get along with their life without any help from people.
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.