Since moving onto our 1.5 acre homestead in March 2017, we have added much to the property:
30+ Egg-Laying Chickens and Fowl
5 Honeybee Hives
20+ Therapeutic and Culinary Herbs
10+ Varieties of Perennial Bushes and Trees: Elderberries, Goji Berries, Peaches, Pears, Apples, Raspberries, Figs, Blackberries, Blueberries, Hardy Kiwis, Gooseberries, and Rhubarb.
A 100’x50′ garden plot which includes 20+ varieties of annuals.
And more to come!
Our farm fowl are allowed to roam outside whenever they would like. We also let them graze in our grass, orchard, and gardens often. Mariah received her Permaculture Design Certification from Oregon State University in 2014 and she uses this knowledge to design the farm for optimal use with minimal negative environmental impact.
We compost and use natural fertilizers like compost, comfrey, and animal manure. We also use all-natural pesticides when necessary like animal power (hungry birds and cats and protective dogs), diatomaceous earth, essential oils, plant extracts, annual garden rotation, and more of the like.
We also plant mostly perennials together in ways that they can compliment and support each other as this is very restorative to the natural environment and atmosphere.
What Is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.
The term “permaculture” was inspired by the realization that any relatively permanent human settlement relies on a culture that treats its environment in a sustainable manner.