Starting A Permaculture Farm With No Money

An excellent interview with Mark Shepard talking about how he went about purchasing some land and turning it over into a productive polyculture that earns him a living, specifically focusing on how difficult it actually was. He uses great agroforestry techniques with special attention to planting annuals between rows or letting the animals in for pest control measures. I found this fascinating and very informative, real experience about the practicalities of what people call “permaculture”. If you think farming is going to be easy, sadly your mistaken.

“The only way to get a farm with no outside inputs is to imitate ecology. Imitating ecology is imitating your biome where you are.  Having the full array of plants and animals that would have been there. But of course since we are humans and we have our own self interests, our food, nutrition, and economy in mind we pick the species that pick the best for us and we manage it like a natural system. And nature has never spent a dime on pest or disease control or fertility.”

LINK: http://www.permaculturevoices.com/podcast/farming-its-damn-hard-the-real-life-journey-of-starting-a-permaculture-farm-with-no-money-an-interview-with-mark-shepard-pvp091/

Perennial Edibles Bed

Perennial Edibles Bed

Showing a Perennial Edibles Bed with things from Artichoke, Sweet Potato, Horseradish and Asparagus! An example of what can be grown. Great book by the way.
Photo Credit: Christopher Shein in Vegetable Gardeners Guide to Permaculture

Annual Edibles Bed

Annual Edibles Bed

Showing an Annual Edibles Bed with things from Mushrooms in the log borders to tall plants like Tomatoes, multilayered if you will.
Photo Credit: Christopher Shein in Vegetable Gardeners Guide to Permaculture