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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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  • 2012 PASA Conference

    1. 1. Wild Meadows FarmVeganic Permaculture in Action PASA Conference 2012
    2. 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. 3. What isNot Veganic?• Synthetic fertilizers• Synthetic pesticides• Slaughter house by-products or manure• Animal exploitation• GMO’s
    4. 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. 5. Why Veganic?• Empathy for animals• Food Safety• Sustainability
    6. 6. Empathy is an Integral Part of Human Nature
    7. 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:http://www.veganicallygrown.com/#!__get-the-facts
    8. 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 Pccnaturalmarkets.com
    9. 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. 10. Farm Business Three Interconnected Enterprises:• Farm products• Educational Events• Ecological Design and Implementation
    11. 11. Solar Greenhouse
    12. 12. Keyhole Bed Layout:Allows for More Planting Space
    13. 13. Double Digging
    14. 14. Many Hands Make Light Work
    15. 15. Compost Heating
    16. 16. Intensive Planting
    17. 17. Early Season Crops: Asian Greens, Baby Fennel & Leeks
    18. 18. HighValue Crops: Baby Ginger
    19. 19. Warm Season Crops: Tomatoes,Peppers, Cucumbers, Eggplants
    20. 20. Log-Grown Shiitake Mushrooms
    21. 21. Organize in Stacks:White Oak, Red Oak, Beech, Chestnut Oak
    22. 22. Inoculation in April
    23. 23. Ready for Harvest
    24. 24. Field Crops
    25. 25. Cheap Season Extension:Tiny Hoops & Paper Pots
    26. 26. Market Gardening
    27. 27. Flower’s for the Farmer’s Market
    28. 28. Early Potatoes for Market
    29. 29. Winter Squash Planted into Living Mulch
    30. 30. Late Fall Garlic Planting-October
    31. 31. July Harvest for Garlic Seeds Sales
    32. 32. Sorting Seed
    33. 33. Fall Field Season Extension
    34. 34. Return of the Scythe:Winter Rye as Compost Crop
    35. 35. WoodlandMedicinals: American Ginseng
    36. 36. Wild Edibles:Chanterelles and Morel Mushrooms
    37. 37. Perennial Nursery
    38. 38. March Syrup Production: Black Walnut Trees
    39. 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. 40. Somerset Farmer’s Market
    41. 41. Tuscarora Organic Growers
    42. 42. Bedford.locallygrown.net
    43. 43. Greenbelt GreenmanFestival
    44. 44. Storage and Preservation
    45. 45. Fermentation
    46. 46. Root Cellar Storage
    47. 47. Corn Ready for Shelling
    48. 48. Fall Apple Butter Making
    49. 49. Canned Goods Root Cellar:Peaches, Tomatoes, Salsas, Sauces
    50. 50. Black Walnut Harvest
    51. 51. Complete Diet Garden: May
    52. 52. Late July
    53. 53. Early September
    54. 54. Compost!
    55. 55. More Compost!
    56. 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. 57. Polyculture Planting:Forest Garden Design Intensive
    58. 58. Improvised Barn Classroom
    59. 59. Design Presentations
    60. 60. Participants of Forest Garden Design Intensive Course
    61. 61. Virginia-Tech YMCA Service Learning Students & Interns
    62. 62. Kim with Interns
    63. 63. Monthly Community Potluck
    64. 64. Ecological Design & Implementation• Rain Gardens• Urban or Small Area Gardens• Alternative Energy – Solar – Waste Vegetable Oil Fuel• Farm Scale Design• Green Building
    65. 65. Rain Gardens:Before and After in Northern VA
    66. 66. Three Sisters Demonstration Gardens: Greenbelt, MD
    67. 67. Waste Vegetable Oil Processing
    68. 68. Solar Power: Measuring Sun’s Energy and Installation of Solar Panels
    69. 69. Green Building Renovation & Tiny House on Wheels
    70. 70. Collaboration is Necessary!
    71. 71. Resources• http://www.growbiointensive.org/• www.goveganic.net• www.veganicpermaculture.com
    72. 72. Don’t Get Discouraged!