Permaculture Practices & Education at
Morethana Farm, Woodinville, WA
In complement to regional food, agriculture and sustainability initatives, PBR is partnering with the 21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living, Antioch University Seattle, SeaChar, the Sammamish Valley Alliance, and other local/ regional groups on the implementation of a new six-acre organic agriculture and agroforestry project!
Located within the Sammamish Valley near the city of Woodinville, WA., Morethana Farm provides an opportunity to pursue robust Permaculture Design methods, convene an on-site educational “field lab”” and training programs, and engage community collaboration on and beyond the farm.
It’s a farm — and so much more!
Permaculture Design (PD) is a practical, creative, whole-system design approach – spanning urban / rural, city / country settings – for meeting our needs of food, energy, shelter and materials, and the social, economic, ecological and educational contexts that support them. For many years, Dr. Jonathan Scherch has been teaching annual PD courses regionally and internationally, and with many other talents to tap from across the region, we are collaborating on a fun and creative farmstead.
Over the coming months and years, Morethana Farm will progressively introduce and demonstrate high-performing (and fun) PD methods, including:
- Collaborative design and installation of integrated system features and functions;
- On-site and continuous composting and vermicomposting;
- Biochar education, processing and field applications;
- Annual and perennial planting and harvesting;
- Designs for efficient water, energy, and labor;
- Educational and research activities spanning seasons throughout the year.
Getting “growing” in 2013!
We are already looking forward to an active and productive 2013 — plan to join us! We will convene on-site activities to:
- learn and practice a variety of innovative Permaculture Design practice methods to support sustainable, low-energy input agriculture;
- provide opportunities for hands-on learning, teaching and research activities, including the biochar workshop series;
- engage with local and regional community partners on programs and public events;
Initial planning of activities and events at the Farm is already underway! These include the design and building of an on-site structure to serve as a fun gathering place for groups and classes; a series of biochar teaching and demonstration events to harvest and convert the pesky Reed Canary Grass into a soil-restoring benefit; and general preparations for eventual Spring and Summer planting activities.
See you at Morethana Farm!!