Welcome to Peace of Earth Farm’s first blog post. We are a small farm located in the North East Kingdom in Albany, VT. After many years of searching for an appropriately sized home and piece of land that we could afford, we have found a place to set down our roots and start a farm. The “open” portions of our land were previously managed as a Christmas tree farm, so we inherited a sparsely treed landscape of rolling hills and sandy acidic soil on which to try to grow vegetables and fruits. Our task now is to sustainably utilize the resources offered by the land and improve the soils to grow a bounty of good things to eat. We have chosen to make this shift by utilizing animal power as much as possible. Right now the animals involved are mainly humans, chickens, and pigs. Over the last two years we have been creating garden space by clearing trees, utilizing the natural desire of pigs to root and chickens to scratch and poop, and utilizing techniques such as sheet mulching and terracing with hugelkultur. We have also been planting fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, and perennials for beauty, food, nitrogen fixing and medicine that will become a more productive part of the farm in the years to come. Our hope is to create an agricultural system that will increase in productivity and self-sufficiency with less human input as it matures. We plan on using this blog as a way to share some of our experiments and projects on the farm.
Creating garden space in this way is successful but slow. It has taken us longer than we expected to get rolling , but we are excited to have enough garden space created now to be able to offer CSA shares in 2012. We are looking forward to growing a wide variety of vegetables and herbs for people in the community, and introducing them to the farm. (See more information on the CSA page above)
We also grow a variety of sprouts and shoots in our home. Sprout sales have allowed us to make some farm income year round and develop marketing relationships without needing a large space to grow. (More information about the sprout and shoot varieties we offer as well as our growing practices can be found on the sprout and shoot page above.)
In the summer we also offer hands-on skill shares once a month May-September. These skill shares offer a chance for interested individuals to come and learn about sheet mulching or terracing by helping to complete a project on the farm and observing garden spaces in various stages of completion or evolution that we have created in the last two years. (Please check out the skill share page for more details.)
That’s Peace of Earth Farm in a nutshell. Thanks for reading!
Until next time… when the topic may be “the chicken workforce”