Fw: Help design this orchard

April Sampson-Kelly askpv at ozemail.com.au
Thu Jan 1 21:15:18 EST 1998


there is certainly equipment that is less damaging to the soil.
when you turn soil you expose the micro-organisms to the air,
they die and you benefit from the sudden supply of fertilizer (little 'blood
and bone's) - not
meaning to be graphic here!
some equipment that avoids this is a Ripper.  the Ripper (Yeomans Plough and
others)
cuts through the soil without actually turning it.
also, when you come to harvest lets say salad greens you could look for
equipment that is man or horse powered and runs along at a height simply
trimming off the
greens (like the old fashioned lawn mowers, along with higher set blades)
In permaculture we aim to start small, develop observation skills and search
for soft technologies and
organic solutions.
when you have small successes this leads you on with confidence.  specialise
in a highly desired crop
so that your returns per man-hour are maximised.
certified organic produce in Australia gets a much better price at the
market.
Warrigal Greens and other native food species get a very good price.
April


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LC Permaculture Visions
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-----Original Message-----
From: FranksFarm <FranksFarm at aol.com>
To: askpv at ozemail.com.au <askpv at ozemail.com.au>
Date: Thursday, 1 January 1998 4:10
Subject: Re: Re: Fw: Help design this orchard


>Hi, April
>
>Happy New Year to you. i am always impressed with your expertise, and
>willingness to share it with others.
>I have a question, or rather a dilemma that you perhaps can help me with.
>I would like to implement much of the best methods and strategies found in
OGF
>and Permaculture and Sustainable ag on a homestead farm I'm planning to
>purchase soon.
>But I am only one person and don't know if I could feasibly hanle all the
work
>without the use of some machinery, which in the ideal situation would not
be
>necessary. Then too I'm considering a  small scale Community Supported
>commercial market garden not just for my own use. So that too creates a
need
>for more labor than I could reasonably supply.
>So what's a fellow to do...are they some pieces of equipment that are less
>damaging to the soil, but that are efficient, good tools? what about
>transplanters? Of course I intend to start small and eventually ramp up to
say
>5 to 10 acres of production for produce, plus fruit and nut orcghards. I
like
>to diversify as much as possible too.
>I'd appreciate your thoughts, comments, and advice. Peace . frank
>




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