Posts Tagged With: permaculture

The Coop at StellaLou Farm

In January, School of Living (SOL) extended its network of fiscally sponsored projects to include The Coop at StellaLou Farm! Our wish in becoming a project of SOL is to expand our capacity, share our strengths, teach each other valuable skills, and to achieve common goals.

The “Coop” is an agricultural education program that shares the skills and design work that helps to make the farm grow as a sustainable and productive homestead. The Coop at StellaLou Farm pursues a simple goal: to make something everyday. It’s an inspiration and an aspiration. It’s a call to action that is vital in developing resiliency in our community. We look to empower our community to produce food, build infrastructure, and design and create opportunities for beauty and joy in life experiences.  As we connect with the land and people of our community; we respond to their value and care for them deeply.

We will be hosting regular informal skill shares as homesteading, permaculture, and art projects come up at the farm. Skill shares are hands-on exchanges of information, collaborations, and experiments. There will be no fee for these events. More formal workshops with a variety of instructors from our local community will also be offered in partnership with The Coop. These facilitators will share their knowledge and passion in experiential workshops at StellaLou Farm for a fee that provides for instructors’ time and for any materials needed.

Some of the skills we are planning to share:

  • Growing, preparing and preserving food
  • Light construction and woodworking
  • Permaculture design 
  • Beekeeping
  • Orchard planning, planting, and pruning
  • Earthworks
  • Chicken tending
  • Painting and drawing
  • Weaving
  • Trellis building
  • Bread baking
  • Mead making 

In addition to our formal and informal classes, we will host one large annual community event, free of admission charge. These events will be organized in a collaborative way to build community connection and to share a variety of theme-based making activities. The Coop will host the first of these events in partnership with Little Free Library Cochranville and School of Living in July 2019. Check out our debut event, “Better Together, A Come as You are Event” at StellaLou Farm!

We hope to see you at The Coop in the near future as a learner and/or sharer of skills! Please reach out if you would like to take part and get on the schedule!

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Midwinter Thaw

I visited our permaculture orchard early this afternoon. We’re having a thaw after a couple of weeks of hard freeze conditions. Last night and this morning, the rain has been plentiful. In the little video posted below, you will see:

  • hybrid plums and black currants and asian persimmon planted on the raised berm,
  • a swale catching melted snow and water running down the slope of the land,
  • black alder (Alnus glutinosa) which I planted in the swales because they tolerate wet conditions and help manage water, fix nitrogen and build soil fertility, provide early pollen to the bees (see those catkins?), provide habitat and food for many creatures, and can easily be coppiced,
  • wild perennial weeds (especially aster and goldenrod last fall) and grasses growing in the swale which stabilize the soil, help water to percolate into the soil, and provide food and habitat for many creatures, and
  • a 3-d deer fence in the background which allows most every animal to sneak into the orchard but is excellent for preventing deer from coming into the orchard and damaging/eating our plantings.

 

 

I, also, found this hardy character growing cheerfully in the rain! We planted plenty of rhubarb last spring once we found that we liked rhubarb mead so much. They are doing well!

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SHARING SOLUTIONS: HOMESTEADING & CULTIVATING COMMUNITIES

Our days have been so full that I have been neglecting this blog.

But!

School of Living will be hosting a full day of learning and sharing on July 15, 2017 in collaboration with the Street Road Artists Space  at StellaLou Farm. It will be the opportune time to catch up in person!

Go to this link for info about SHARING SOLUTIONS: HOMESTEADING & CULTIVATING COMMUNITIES

My daughter and J, diligently, building the new chicken coop (one of the current happenings on the farm. Yay!)

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