Permaculture Literacy – HHA

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  • Lea Usinger says:

    I’m definitely going to have to look into his website and visiting his farm and getting this book! I had no idea such a place was in Wisconsin, and watching the video you linked was inspiring and helps me a bit with my mindset, especially the feeling of failure, mostly in the forms of losing expensive trees/plants. Even when we do everything right, things can fail due to situations outside of our control. A key I’m seeing for myself and my own land is to encourage the trees/plants that are strong enough to survive the site/conditions, planting those, and definitely saving seeds from things I otherwise wouldn’t have like fruit trees, and seeing what comes from them. Even if what shows up isn’t very edible for us to eat or sell, I’m sure they would be a good wildlife/lifestock food source, and the failed trees/plants can help with wood for heating and mulch for our gardens

  • Kirsty Brooks says:

    I love the way land can be managed sustainably with so little work from humans! And such a fantastic ethos! I’ve always thought this must be possible but so many of the “traditional” smallholdings I’ve seen would require more work than an individual, couple or family could possibly achieve. Thanks for sharing this video! Now, where can I get some land?

    • Juniper Jean says:

      {HHA Coach} Stay tuned! There is info in the course on this very question. And many folks (including Bret & myself) have practiced permaculture without owning a single speck of dirt.

  • susan tupper says:

    wow this video was awesome esp. considering he is surrounded by the gmo farmers! Loved his story about the chestnuts and just letting the most immune ones grow and others die out. I had a neighbor who insisted on giving me a peach tree some years ago and I protested cos I never really liked peaches but he overrode all my excuses and so I allowed him to plant the tree in the space I had marked for my bulbs. Fast forward to year two or three, it blossomed, and I fell in love with it! When it had fruit, I got over my dislike of the furry peels and started trying all kinds of peach recipes. Point is, one year, it got curly leaves and some white fungus and my other neighbor who had farming experience told me I had to get rid of it totally or spray some fungicides etc. Well, I did not like either suggestion so I simply cut away as much of the curly, fungal=infected branches, and told the tree the rest was up to it. I gave it a bunch of fertilizer and watered it daily and it never died, but instead gave me some of the best peaches I’d ever seen! In fact it was so overloaded two of its branches snapped at harvest time cos they were so heavy and I never supported them. It is still thriving though I have moved away. Should have kept the seeds!! I just had the last of the peach jam I had made two years ago. I miss my peach tree.


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