The one year transition to an organic no-till farm
The upcycled blocks of basalt and coconut coir from a neighbor farm ring the irrigation circle.
The local brewery (1 mile away) was happy to donate their hops for the soil. The stable trimmings complete with manure came from the next door stables.
recycled sprinkler irrigation and tabletops are in place
three sisters method of beans, corn, and squash, surrounded by reclaimed cardboard. Soil building and moisture holding cardboard also minimizes weeds
reused table tops create vertical climbing space for beans.
three sisters method of companion planting combines with reclaimed cardboard and upcycled geo textile salvaged from the landfill
Salvaged geo textile becomes a ground cover to minimize weeds, hold water, and add heat for the heat loving squash plants
Coral sand, horse manure, mulch, ironwood needles, fish, and coconut coir make the addition.
intensive plantings of summer
The image says it all. The additions have changed the soil dramatically.
These Upcycled growing blocks from a neighbor hydroponics farm were saved from their future in the landfill. Holding moisture is key in a drought worn farm area. Blocks also contain basalt to add as a nutrient. Other blocks are made of coconut coir
The mini-farm at 10 months old
The vines are ready for spring pruning to promote health and growth.
My love of food and cultures have taken me around the world, dropping me into my current location in Hawaii. I have been loving cooking, photography, gardening, baking, and outdoor adventuring, since back when I was filling a Girl Scout sash with badges. My locations may change, and my activities continue to grow in number, but deep down inside, I still love curling up with a good book, squealing about in a classic car, and making stick-to-your-ribs meals out of homegrown goods.