Fiddle Farms is our homestead market farm where we grow fresh vegetables, flowers and cannabis, located on the banks of the Hood River. The property has 15 acres that encompasses a variety of micro-climates. About 3 acres are in active use for gardening and livestock. It is located on the Hood River about 15 minutes from the town of Hood River, Oregon.
Here are some pictures of the farm taken by our wwoofers
This year at the farm I’m taking fertility of the cannabinitas into my own hands. I am striving to leave behind bottled fertilizers and replace them with my homemade goodies! Less plastic waste, fossil fuel emissions, and mystery around what my ladies uptake. After a recent side by side test I am more than happy with the results of my ferments. The only hurdle left to overcome is making production more efficient. I will pass on a few techniques and recipes I am using at the farm along to you.
Fermented Plant Juices (FPJ)
FPJ is a way to make liquid plant food out of ordinary/extraordinary plants that are all around us! It has been used by those who farm using a Korean Natural Farming approach and many others like myself who enjoy mixing and matching the styles and practices that have been passed down since farming began. Last year I began exploring this technique and have really made it part of my flow this year.
The leaves rustle in the wind, the gold and fire-red hues dance around and dazzle us before falling back to Earth, oh so delicately. Attention shifts from swimming and sun tanning to drinking mugs of hot tea after a day searching for the perfect carving pumpkin. Yes, this is the glorious season of Autumn. To the surprise of many, it’s also one of the most important times of year for the garden! If we are to manage the land (and our time) strategically, we must capture the benefits of rain and cold and time so we can work less during the rest of the year.
Interested in Permaculture but don’t know where to start? This winter, join us to learn some basics about holistic land management. We’ll go over topics such as water catchment, no-till gardening, mulching, plant guilds, food resiliency and whole system dynamics to help get your started on your “permie” journey. We’ll also have a brief Q&A with our instructor, Certified Permaculture Designer Kelly White, where you are welcome to bring a couple of site-specific questions and concerns about your farm or garden. We hope to see you there!
Date, Time and Location are TBD. Signup at http://groworganics.org/content/intro-permaculture if you are interested and we’ll be in touch to determine a date that will work for all the participates.
Cost: $10 /person; $15/ couple
Permaculture: the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be
sustainable and self-sufficient.
I’d like to start out with a bit about myself for context: I’m young woman just beginning her lifelong path in food production. Most of my training in agriculture has been through WWOOFing and interning on permaculture farms, so in a sense, it’s mostly all I know. When I began to work on more conventional organic farms it was shocking for me to see how hard people were working just to keep things alive, when I’d previously seen beautiful, food producing systems largely maintaining themselves. This juxtaposition is where the importance of permaculture really hit me. Working with whole systems inspired me so much I decided to devote my entire life to them. Treating nature like a machine that could be broken down into separate parts, analyzed, and “fixed”, had the opposite effect. This drastic contrast between farming methods inspired an obsessive quest to answer this nagging question: “why do most people plant this way?” Continue reading
When creating the Kingdom of Kush I knew that I wouldn’t feel okay growing a monoculture of cannabis. I would be fighting back the volunteers of previous growing seasons and forced to cover Earth with a weed barrier. I decided to create a beneficial polyculture using an insectary, living mulch, and choice volunteers. This is my first experience with living mulches so I am excited to see the results and learn how to manage my polyculture with ease and grace. Continue reading