Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Grand Plan

M and I took a an online permaculture design course (PDC) with Geoff Lawton that started last May and ran through August.  It was a great experience and the timing worked out pretty well with everything going on at the farm.  We … Continue reading

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Sowing the Seeds of Friendship (and cover crops)

We spent a weekend seeding the slopes of the curtain drain, ditch and most of the building site.  I picked up 60 lbs of an erosion control mix with perennial and annual rye, creeping red fescue, white clover and bent grass.  On … Continue reading

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We are probably above average in this category but we work pretty hard at it.  At home it means I only have to take one can of actual garbage and two cans of recyclables to the dump every two months.  At the … Continue reading

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It’s All About the Water

We have LOTS of water around here. Heavy rainfall (57″ annually), a couple of springs, a creek, wetlands. And yet, during the summer we still had to haul 275 gallons of water from home every week to refill two more totes plus pump water to a third tote … Continue reading

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The Barn Report

We are slowly, ever so slowly, making progress.  And I apologize if I sound ungrateful or impatient – it’s just been a long, arduous process of late and we are desperately in need of a break.  Just one weekend to … Continue reading

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