We have plants in the ground, friends! They look beautiful, and eager. My first few weeks at Honey House Farm/Tiny Diner have been nothing but rewarding. We have a fantastic crew, a fearless leader, and vision of great merit to fulfil. Who could ask for anything more? Well, I supposed we could ask for a bit more sun.
As Farm Apprentices, we have the privilege and honor of working with the earth, but it is also our job to learn how to best serve it, so that we can teach others to do the same. Our knowledgable team enlightens me with a gift of their know-how every day I work with them. Last Friday we reached out to self-proclaimed gardener, Bruce Bacon, owner of Garden Farme, who has been at the stewardship of earth since the 70s. Visiting Bruce meant a lesson on soil and Synergistic Agriculture. The soil in the forest-surrounded beds at Garden Farme, benefits from practices promoted by Emilia Hazelip. One spear at a garden bed with a shovel showed us how terrifically fluffy and free of compaction the soil is. Those are some lucky plants that live there. This is the kind of soil we will strive for at the Honey House Farm and Tiny Diner sites.
It’s easy to forget the importance of healthy soil, and I admit, I’m just now learning what it means and what it takes to have truly healthy earth. Koby gave the team some of Emilia Hazelip’s writings so we could familiarize ourselves better with Synergistic Agriculture. This excerpt from one of the readings, I think, describes it well.
“Synergistic Agriculture is the most natural form of gardening because it works with the soil’s natural fertility dynamic. This means that soil will improve and then maintain its own fertility if a diverse number of plants are densely planted and mulched in order to mimic nature’s own compost litter layer. There is no need for amendments of any description including compost, organic fertilizer, rock dust, bio-dynamic preparations, and so on, as the soil, if treated with respect will act like natural, “wild soil.”
For more info on Emilia’s wonderful and effective practices, you can view her video, and I’ve found the notes on this blog post from LovePlantLife to be a concise and helpful list of reminders. I’m definitely planning on referencing these for my own garden.
Also worth checking out is the Garden Farme website. They are doing some really amazing work there.
Signing off for now, with a chicken in hat. Just for fun.
Take care friends!