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I became interested in growing as much food as I could on the good piece of ground God gave us. First, I noticed less than desirable soil…. and, we have been amending the tough clay southern Ohio soil now for 4 years. {We put down what we had at the time, or what was available to us at the time, in the autumn we collect leaves, in the spring we collect old hay/straw bales that were otherwise going to be thrown out, we gathered up all that we could given we were crammin’ it all inside our mini-van, and finally with tree trimmings/wood mulch from trees taken down from around our immediate community.} We haven’t had a huge success from the garden thus far, which I have come to understand is typical during the soil amending process, with the exception of tomatoes. We had volunteers popped up everywhere and we were blessed with a nice harvest of tomatoes to put up that year.  It has been a whole year since we have spread out and put down our layer. This spring we will be moving in the dirt and sowing the seeds to reap the largest harvest we’ve experienced yet. 😉 {we always remind each other that, “We have more than enough with plenty to give away!”} Click the following link to be instantly connected to our:

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So, how we got from hard clay Southern Ohio soil to rich dark crumbly soil, was some research. And, Permaculture resonated with me. At Permaculture’s core there are three ethics:

The ethics earth carepeople care and fair share form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies. –

I was already doing some “Permaculture” things, I just didn’t know that what I was doing and what “they” called it. Intuitively, I knew I had to take care of the ground, as that is what feeds the plants, which in turn feeds us, and that’s how I got this whole mess started.  To take care of me and mine at the expense of no others, to leave everyone and everything better because of our interaction.

I feel like I should give a shout out to the Girl Scouts long gone from my life who believed in leaving a place better than you found it.

There is an alternative to genetically altered seeds and spraying chemicals on the mono-cropped fields {“current agricultural practices – fields, and fields of corn and soybeans”). There is an alternative way to feed my family, there is an alternative way of life, and I liked learning there was a whole community of people dedicating themselves to the betterment of all who live here, our planet included.

The Permaculture Design Course @ Patrick Whitefield and Associates, which is now Whitefield Permaculture came highly recommended and this is where I obtained my permaculture training.  Feel free to follow through any of the links provided below to explore Whitefield Permaculture fully. Whitefield-Permaculture-web-banner

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“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.”

— Bill Mollison

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