summertime at Mastodon Valley Farm

our first Farmer's Market as vendors

our first Farmer’s Market as vendors

Hello again, from Wisconsin! It is summertime now, but the weather has been relatively mild lately (which is wonderful!). We’ve been staying busy on Mastodon Valley Farm, and time is passing quickly. So, what’s new?

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hugelkultur and strawbale kitchens

This last weekend was International Permaculture Day (May 5th) so Tony and I decided to celebrate by offering our hands at two events. It was inspiring and informative. Our first stop was Sky Mountain Institute, where we helped a new family in the neighborhood start a garden using permaculture practices. We built a hugelkultur bed and a eucaylptus trellis. Hugelkultur is a popular permaculture method of building a mound of logs, organic matter and soil to create a self-watering, self-reliant garden bed that decomposes to slowly release nutrients and hold water like a sponge to support your plants. It is easy to build and very low maintenance. Check out Paul Wheaton’s article on hugelkultur here, and his short video here for some fabulous information.

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