Our Mission:

Our Mission: To enable individuals and communities to take an active part in the cultivation of systems that provide the highest quality fruits, vegetables, herbs and other yields, in a way that benefits themselves, cares for the land and environment, and provides a surplus to use, share and reinvest into the system.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tulips and other spring bulbs are a great addition to many fruit tree guilds. Spring flowers hold onto nutrients in the early parts of the growing season, much like a cover crop. The blooms can also attract pollinators and provide and early pollen and nectar source.  Their growing roots can also provide a food source for soil microorganisms.

If you would like to learn more about companion planting with your fruit trees, register for Planning the Backyard Orchard class coming up up this Saturday.

               

Trees & companion plants will be available for preorder.



Monday, February 5, 2018

Podcasts, Shows and Classes

This winter things are popping, and I'm not really even doing much snow removal.

Last week I appeared on The Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko.  The show is not all about bullets, beans and band-aids (although sometimes) and delves into topics that can help us prepare not for the Zombie Apocalypse but the many little disasters - job loss, blizzards, tornadoes - and how to setup your lifestyle to be more resilient.  The impact of many disasters can be reduced by preparing in a few sensible areas.  Business building and Permaculture are both favorite topics of the show and can help lead to a less fragile existence.
click HERE to listen

The Des Moines Home and Garden Show is coming up this week and I was invited to help Blooming Prairie Nursery with their presentation and share their booth space - #1510 near the Feature Gardens.  We will be presenting on the Inspiration Stage each day of the show.
Thursday at 4:00 PM
Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 11:00 AM 
2 for 1 tickets on the EVENTS page!


The following weekend I'll be doing the backyard orchard class at Cherry Glen Learning Farm.
Planning the Backyard Orchard
using Ecological Principles & Permaculture Techniques
Saturday, February 17 at 2 - 4pm
click HERE for more information


Of course design work is the main task right now.  So, if you would like to get something set up for this season, now is a great time to contact me for a design or consultation.  Late winter is also a great time for pruning your fruit trees for health and productivity, so get on my list so we can schedule that for you.













Hope to see you out and about!
Jeff





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