We have now kicked off a major site development using permaculture principles for the purpose of sustainable food and educational value. This first part of the site development was a big "keyline" workshop to begin transformation of the land for better water management and a holistic approach to planting sustainable, perennial food ecosystems. We are making an effort to document this transformation from the start!
The workshop was a very big success! Mark Shepard led the workshop and was a wealth of knowledge and energy for the application of permaculture principles. He was also an excellent fit with his focus on larger scale site development. He is into food production! Our goals for our development is fairly large scale; almost community scale project. More on that later...
I owe many thanks to Sustainable Tahlequah and especially Julie Gahn for her tireless efforts to bring this together. We are also greatly indebted to Leslie Moyer for her expertise with edible plants and general skills related to trees, plants and local resources.
Mark Shepard did a wonderful job in making the case for Permaculture on a Friday night talk, and then a very productive hands-on workshop to get us going with this big site development project. The keylines were laid out and with the dozer the large swales and berms were made to manage water runoff for strong tree growth and thriving ecosystem.
We were in a mad rush to get trees in the ground ahead of a good sized storm. The storm threats of rain kept moving further from us and we were left wondering how much to focus on irrigation vs. planting trees. The end result is that we got a lot of trees planted and enjoyed a healthy rain this morning. Our irrigation system is still being built, so we have to be careful to not end up watering more than a thousand trees by hand. It looks like we'll get it setup in time to keep the job reasonable.
The next step is fencing! Fencing is one of the most daunting tasks, especially if you live in Cherokee county where your most successful crop is rocks ;)
The fencing plan is in place; we have bought most of the materials; it is expensive, and we need to get it setup before the cows need that pasture. I'll share pics of the fencing as it goes up.
I am very grateful for the exceptional participation in the talks and the workshops. It's been a incredible start and we're in this for the long haul!