Appropriate tools & technology

Appropriate tools & technology

Appropriate tools & technology: The plant nursery on our ten acre forest garden farm is active, robust, and as low tech as they come. Early in the season I’ll start propagating in a small unheated hoop house, but for the bulk of the year all the action happens in sprawling, shady area under an old maple tree with a few wooden pallets and raised bed boxes.

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"Up there, that's for the birds..."

"Up there, that's for the birds..."

Friday flashback to a few weeks ago when fruit harvesting at the farm was in full swing! Each season, in what feels like a matter of moments (though it could be a couple weeks), elderberry, beach plum, seaberry, blackberry, and aronia all come into ripeness at once. At that point a flurry of activity commences as us and the birds race to liberate the ripe from fruit from its branches!

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Shifting Seasons

Shifting Seasons

There is a shift in the air today, and I can feel the sun is beginning to set on another summer... Soon the landscape will change color and shape again.

Dynamics systems require dynamic response. Participating in a long term relationship with the natural world, means one must evolve in tandem.

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Perennial Polycultures / Complexity & Abundance

Perennial Polycultures / Complexity & Abundance

Growing in perennial polycultures mimics the complexity and abundance naturally displayed by wild ecosystems. Cultivation happens within a horizontal and vertical spacial context, maximizing the productive yield of any given area, but also within the context of perpetually unfolding succession.

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Flower Medicine (We're not that different from the bees after all)

Flower Medicine (We're not that different from the bees after all)

We’re not that different from the bees after all. Helplessly romanced by the allure of a blossom unfurling into a flower...

Flowers reliably command our gaze, silently beckoning us with their sweet, soft scent traveling effortlessly through the ether. An invisible cord compels us toward them until we find ourselves transfixed, bent forward or on a knee, nose deep in delicate petals.

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