Meet one of the field supervisors at The Farmer’s Grove. This little guy watched me plant asparagus one crazy cool foggy morning. One of the joys of working with nature on our farm is seeing all the wildlife that likes to hang out and see what we are up too. The owl looked to be interested in what I was up too and after about 30 minutes, he just seemed to vanish. #farmersjoy
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.
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.