Yesterday we enjoyed an afternoon in Cadillac, sitting by the lake, chatting with passersby. It was the kick-off for Transition Cadillac’s “200 Yarden Dash.”
I saw a couple clever ideas I thought I’d share. Vickie Purkiss was demonstrating this modified raised bed. It’s made from hay, although she said straw was recommended. She added the dirt and compost mixture a couple of inches deep. Then she planted the cabbages into the dirt. The plants were wilty because they were in a cold breeze and weren’t used to the outdoors, but she said she’d had good success with this method before.
These are very basic outdoor plant beds. One lady I talked to lives in an apartment, but wants to grow more of her family’s food. They have a small yard and are going to have a few rabbits and use one or two of these beds for vegetables. They won’t have to dig up the yard for their garden, and the beds are easily mobile when they move.
The class that seemed most appropriate for many people just starting out was the Soils and Permaculture Class. Soil is so basic to any food enterprise, whether it’s vegetables or animals. It’s important to learn about managing it well no matter what you want to do. Permaculture is a fancy word for getting an overview of your property/area and figuring out how to manage it as naturally as possible. This class is a good overview and basic skills primer for all the other classes. Plus, you can see how we use it with both plants and animals and can figure out how, say, 5 layer hens in your backyard can be used to benefit your lettuce and beans or begonias. It’s a great beginner class, but I’m looking forward to it as well. You can follow the link to learn more about it, and sign up with “buy now” button.
Hope these ideas help spark some thoughts on how you might “farm!”