We have the idea to create one to two acre high yielding, carbon capturing farm plots integrated into the developing suburbs. We go about this by shaping the land to catch water, building the soil by protecting it and adding organic matter, and creating integrated systems of plants and animals that work together.
On our land we wish to be a nursery and demonstration center for farmers to get a diverse array of seeds and ideas. Right now we are still collecting and growing a diversity of plants to use for seed.
When we think about designing a system we need to consider food, fiber, medicine, fertilizer.
Food needs to cover the basic groups of fats, protein, starches, vitamins, and minerals.
Fiber is useful in building, carrying, and a number of creative uses.
Medicine is both for humans and the garden. Mixing in plants with many volatile compounds like herbs make for natural insect repellent.
Fertilizer comes from a mix of plants pruned for mulch as well as nitrogen fixers and deep or wide rooted plants.