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2012 PASA Conference


Wild Meadows Farm~Biointensive, Education, Permaculture, Ecological Business Practices

Wild Meadows Farm~Biointensive, Education, Permaculture, Ecological Business Practices

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  •  humans inherited our capacity for emotion, intellect and consciousness from a long line pre-human ancestors
  • Traditional organic certification has a loophole that allows toxic substances into the food supply
  • FAO report states that livestock are responsible for 18% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas production
  • Maximize space and create
  • Baby ginger, tomatoes
  • Tomatoes, cukes, peppers
  • Buckwheat and sorguhmsudan grass cover crop
  • sold
  • Ginseng, golden seel, and black cohosh
  • ChhantrellsGarlic Mustard,
  • Kim chi
  • A Rain Garden will:Filter runoff pollutionRecharge local groundwaterConserve waterImprove water qualityProtect rivers and streamsRemove standing water in your yardReduce mosquito breedingIncrease beneficial insects that eliminate pest insectsReduce potential of home floodingCreate habitat for birds & butterfliesSurvive drought seasonsReduce garden maintenanceEnhance sidewalk appealIncrease garden enjoyment
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  • 1. Wild Meadows FarmVeganic Permaculture in Action PASA Conference 2012
  • 2. Mission StatementWild Meadows Farm engages strategies that promote and accelerate the transition to a sustainable human culture. We grow and sell farm products using biointensive and permaculture techniques, offer ecological design and implementation services, and organize experiential learning events. Through partnering with like-minded organizations and individuals we magnify our impact and co-create strong networks of resilient communities. Our core values of mutual aid and cooperation guide our decisions and actions.
  • 3. What isNot Veganic?• Synthetic fertilizers• Synthetic pesticides• Slaughter house by-products or manure• Animal exploitation• GMO’s
  • 4. Veganic Works With Nature to Mimic Natural Plant Eco-Systems: Reduced tillage – keeping soil covered, Increased plant diversity, Regular addition of plant residues. Slide courtesy of Helen Attowe
  • 5. Why Veganic?• Empathy for animals• Food Safety• Sustainability
  • 6. Empathy is an Integral Part of Human Nature
  • 7. Food Safety: Organic Loophole• “Chicken manure introduces huge quantities of arsenic to agricultural fields.”Donald L. Sparks, Professor ofMarine Studies at the University of Delaware. CHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING NEWS APRIL 9, 2007 VOLUME 85, NUMBER 15 PP. 34-35• “One of my students found inorganic arsenic in pelletized chicken waste that is sold as a garden fertilizer, and in this way people could get exposed to the arsenic through dust—[it’s] probably not such a good idea to use chicken waste in that way,”Ellen Silbergeld, School of Public Health Johns Hopkins University.Quoted in EVISA NEWS: “More evidence linking chicken litter and toxic arsenic” 11.01.2007 – Source:!__get-the-facts
  • 8. Food Safety• “Some manures may contain contaminants such as residual hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, disease organisms, and other undesirable substances…”Manures for Organic Crop Production March 2003 p. 2, George Kuepper, NCAT Agricultural Specialist ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service• “Even‘organic’ fish emulsion fertilizers may be problematic. They may contain mercury. When Wisconsin tested 29 fertilizers, only two failed interim safety standards. One of them was a fish emulsion fertilizer that exceeded the limit for mercury...”• A field and greenhouse study released in 2002 by ShiouKuo and other Washington State University soil scientists notes, “The transfer of (cadmium, lead, arsenic) or other heavy metals from soils to crops presents a risk to crop productivity and quality. Consumption of metal contaminated edible parts of the crops is a risk to public health.” Duff Wilson, The Scoop on Organic Fertilizer
  • 9. Sustainability• Elimination of native apex predators leads to livestock explosions and biodiversity loss.• 60% of ice-free land surface area is devoted to livestock grazing and growing crops for livestock.• Increasing meat consumption directly linked to increases in resource use and greenhouse gases.
  • 10. Farm Business Three Interconnected Enterprises:• Farm products• Educational Events• Ecological Design and Implementation
  • 11. Solar Greenhouse
  • 12. Keyhole Bed Layout:Allows for More Planting Space
  • 13. Double Digging
  • 14. Many Hands Make Light Work
  • 15. Compost Heating
  • 16. Intensive Planting
  • 17. Early Season Crops: Asian Greens, Baby Fennel & Leeks
  • 18. HighValue Crops: Baby Ginger
  • 19. Warm Season Crops: Tomatoes,Peppers, Cucumbers, Eggplants
  • 20. Log-Grown Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 21. Organize in Stacks:White Oak, Red Oak, Beech, Chestnut Oak
  • 22. Inoculation in April
  • 23. Ready for Harvest
  • 24. Field Crops
  • 25. Cheap Season Extension:Tiny Hoops & Paper Pots
  • 26. Market Gardening
  • 27. Flower’s for the Farmer’s Market
  • 28. Early Potatoes for Market
  • 29. Winter Squash Planted into Living Mulch
  • 30. Late Fall Garlic Planting-October
  • 31. July Harvest for Garlic Seeds Sales
  • 32. Sorting Seed
  • 33. Fall Field Season Extension
  • 34. Return of the Scythe:Winter Rye as Compost Crop
  • 35. WoodlandMedicinals: American Ginseng
  • 36. Wild Edibles:Chanterelles and Morel Mushrooms
  • 37. Perennial Nursery
  • 38. March Syrup Production: Black Walnut Trees
  • 39. Marketing Farm Products• Somerset Farmer’s Market• Tuscarora Organic Grower’s Co-op• Festivals• Seed Companies• Internet – Online farmer’s market – Website – Social media – Newsletter
  • 40. Somerset Farmer’s Market
  • 41. Tuscarora Organic Growers
  • 42.
  • 43. Greenbelt GreenmanFestival
  • 44. Storage and Preservation
  • 45. Fermentation
  • 46. Root Cellar Storage
  • 47. Corn Ready for Shelling
  • 48. Fall Apple Butter Making
  • 49. Canned Goods Root Cellar:Peaches, Tomatoes, Salsas, Sauces
  • 50. Black Walnut Harvest
  • 51. Complete Diet Garden: May
  • 52. Late July
  • 53. Early September
  • 54. Compost!
  • 55. More Compost!
  • 56. Experiential Learning Workshops• Re-skilling Workshops• Permaculture Design Course• Forest Garden Design Intensive• Community Herbalism Certificate• Monthly Potlucks• Film Screening in the Barn• Internships and Short Term Farm Stays
  • 57. Polyculture Planting:Forest Garden Design Intensive
  • 58. Improvised Barn Classroom
  • 59. Design Presentations
  • 60. Participants of Forest Garden Design Intensive Course
  • 61. Virginia-Tech YMCA Service Learning Students & Interns
  • 62. Kim with Interns
  • 63. Monthly Community Potluck
  • 64. Ecological Design & Implementation• Rain Gardens• Urban or Small Area Gardens• Alternative Energy – Solar – Waste Vegetable Oil Fuel• Farm Scale Design• Green Building
  • 65. Rain Gardens:Before and After in Northern VA
  • 66. Three Sisters Demonstration Gardens: Greenbelt, MD
  • 67. Waste Vegetable Oil Processing
  • 68. Solar Power: Measuring Sun’s Energy and Installation of Solar Panels
  • 69. Green Building Renovation & Tiny House on Wheels
  • 70. Collaboration is Necessary!
  • 71. Resources•••
  • 72. Don’t Get Discouraged!