Jerry took one of our PDC courses last year and is moving forward with his land project. This would be a great opportunity for the right permaculture folk out there who want to grow large amounts of food but have no land. We wanted to share this just in case it might be YOU.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN HUGELKULTUR BEDS
In the fall of 2012, I began clearing fields in my spruce plantation which had become an
overgrown monoculture. My desire is to transition the land to a productive fruit, nut and
vegetable farm using organic methods with both conventional and permaculture techniques.
As a result of the land clearing, I found myself with a huge amount of slash, logs, roots, etc.
After exploring my options for the use of this biomass, I decided on the permaculture technique
of Hugelkultur, a raised bed system. www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur.
In the spring of 2014, I will have approximately 5,000 square feet of Hugelkultur beds ready to
go into production. I am looking for someone to plant, care for, harvest and document their
work with these beds. In return, they would keep what they produce for sale or personal use.
My goal is that of testing the viability of Hugelkultur beds for commercial production.
Ideally I’m looking for someone that understands and values the principles of permaculture
and organic fruit and vegetable production. An inquisitive nature and desire to learn and
experiment would also be helpful.
I will provide the soil testing and additional fertility common to and in accordance with organic
production methods. A pond is adjacent to the beds for water. I will also provide the perennial
plants, mulch and alleyway mowing. A small tool and supply storage area will be available.
The successful candidate will provide the annual seeds or starts of their choice for rotational
and continuous production. Weed and pest management along with any additional cultivation
would also be their responsibility.
This being the first year for growing in these raised beds, I expect them to change for the better
over time. I would favor someone with the ability to grow and document over several seasons.
The raised beds are located in a protected area, 8 miles east of River Falls, WI.
If interested, please contact: