Permaculture Design at Whole Systems Farm

by Community Forests International on August 19, 2013

Water: Slow It – Spread It – Sink It. Abundance, productivity, efficiency, resilience, restoration and beauty can be words that describe where we live while still working our day jobs. This can be achieved through awareness, patience, knowledge and observation. Its about “working smarter not harder” to achieve a landscape and home that uses less resources and uses them more efficiently. These are things I'm learning at Whole Systems Design right now, a Permaculture training farm in Vermont's Mad River Valley.  I'm here for an intensive, skills-based Permaculture design course.  I'll be sharing updates and details about the course and my lessons here over the next week. So far I've learned that degraded landscapes can be made productive through intelligent water management.  At Whole Systems, fertility is transferred from ducks, geese and sheep that walk through the landscape while “mowing” the lawn.  By slowing, spreading and sinking water into a bedrock hillside that once contained only mosses and ferns, a space is created full of food! Hazelnuts, sea buckthorn, currents, elderberries and plums spaced between grasses and forbs for grazing animals. This is truly amazing stuff that requires virtually no money, time or energy to keep it going.  Simply prune, graze and harvest!

We harvest medicine, eat well, open our hearts, fill our minds, create base maps, analyze the site, harness design skills and practice traditional methods of awareness and observation. This is Day 3 of the course – so lots more to come!

Join Community Forests International at Whaelghinbran Farm on September 7th and 8th for  our own Permaculture Design and Implementation workshop.    

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