Our property is a mix of hemlock and white pine forest, mixed hardwoods forest, marsh, pasture and orchard on pretty solid hardpan. We are reclaiming apple trees of varying ages throughout the property, most specifically in the back pasture, where a small orchard was planted decades ago and has sat untended for almost as long. We are reclaiming old pasture and hayfields, so we can better sustain the year-round life on our farm.
We harvest wood from the forest for heat, and are doing some preliminary milling experiments. We have a high-tunnel for season extension, and are developing annual, perennial and herb gardens. We’ve planted over seventy-five edible trees and shrubs, including cultivated varieties of grape, pear, plum, sweet cherry, blueberry, mulberry, jostaberry, and peaches; and native varieties of juneberry, elderberry, beach plum, virginia rose, hazelnut, and bayberry.
We’re designing and installing edible forest gardens, and aim to have a lot of perennial polycultures in the area surrounding the house.
We grow annual vegetables, too, and are growing our garden spaces with the help of “livestock engineers”. Old, worm out areas are being resurrected by the work and energy of pigs, chickens, goats and humans.
We market our produce in farmers markets, through a small Permaculture CSA, called Fair Share Permaculture, and from off the farm. Check out our Facebook Page to see what’s in, and to let us know what you want to order!