Gardening Presentation for KFirst Permaculture Class

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This is a brief overview of the story of a family who went from limited gardening experience to founding a CSA over the course of 2 years. The presentation was given for a Permaculture class at Kalamazoo First Assembly of God Church in Portage, MI.

Text of Gardening Presentation for KFirst Permaculture Class

  • 1. GARDENING K First Permaculture Class ~ March 14, 2012
  • 2. Overview Our Story Successful Beginners, Not Experts Our Methods Top 5 Excuses for Not Gardening Resources
  • 3. Our Story 2010: Concerns about health & hard times How can we thrive in a no/low-energy world? Books and online resources Square Foot Gardening Learned about seed types Brainstorming Fencing Garden Structures Soil components
  • 4. Our Story Homesteading Research Micro-farming and CSAs Birth of Arcadia Farms
  • 5. Types of Seeds Open Pollinated A seed which produces offspring just like the parent plants. Open-pollinated seed allows growers to harvest and save seed for the following year.
  • 6. Types of Seeds Hybrid or GMO A plant resulting from the cross mating of distinctly different parental types. Many seed companies are highly motivated by profit and so they intentionally release unstable hybrids whose exact parentage are guarded trade secrets. If a gardener saves the seeds, their resulting crops will not be true-to-type.
  • 7. Types of Seeds
  • 8. Types of Seeds Heirloom Heirloom varieties are open-pollinated varieties with a long history of being cultivated and saved within a family or group. They have evolved by natural or human selection over time.
  • 9. Our Methods: The Basics Bought non-hybrid and heirloom seeds Jiffy greenhouses in laundry room Parents greenhouse Transplanted in June
  • 10. Our Methods: Square Foot Gardening Square Foot Gardening is the practice of planning small but intensively planted gardens in raised beds.
  • 11. Our Methods: Raised Beds Benefits: Easier on the back No tilling the ground Eliminates need for a lot of gardening know-how because you dont have to amend the soil Intensive production
  • 12. Our Methods: Soil Mix Mels Mix 1/3 Peat Moss 1/3 Vermiculite 1/3 Compost The Secret
  • 13. Our Methods: Intensive Planting No waste space Ideal for those with limited space More efficient production Shades out weeds (living mulch) Bio-diversity mimics Gods planting in nature
  • 14. Our Methods: Pest Control 6 Deer Fence Chicken wire ($1/linear foot) Landscape posts ($2 on sale) Post holders ($3 after rebate) Marigolds Fishing line Deer wont jump a double fence
  • 15. Our Methods: Fertilizer Jobes Organics Fertilizer Unneeded Compost
  • 16. Top 5 ExcusesFor Not GardeningExcuse 1: I dont have time. Average of 30 minutes per day You could do less! Factors How close is the garden to the house? How often will you be watering? How much weeding will you need to do? How much fertilizing will you need to do? How badly do you want to save money and eat healthier?
  • 17. Top 5 ExcusesFor Not GardeningExcuse 2: I hate weeding. Intensive planting shades out weeds Watch out for compost! Address the aisles Mulch Landscape fabric We spent around 3 hours for the year
  • 18. Top 5 ExcusesFor Not GardeningExcuse 3: I dont have space. Intensive planting Do you have a 4 x 4 sunny space? Container gardens Look online for inspiration We grew over 500 tomatoes in 8 square feet
  • 19. Top 5 ExcusesFor Not GardeningExcuse 4: I dont know how. Neither do we! Abundant resources Establish a community of gardeners Everyone starts somewhere
  • 20. Top 5 ExcusesFor Not GardeningExcuse 5: It didnt work last time. The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. Proverbs 24:16 Im convinced that one of the "secrets" to success is facing the fact that failure is a part of the process. Lots of people sit around and dream about accomplishing big things but never move because theyre afraid of failing (and the stigma that comes with it). Great people see failure as an inevitable opportunity to improve/re-imagine/try again, instead of a paralyzing setback.
  • 21. ResourcesAll New Square Foot Gardeningby Mel BartholomewThe Vegetable Gardeners Bibleby Edward C. SmithCarrots Love Tomatoesby Louise Riotte Mother Earth News iVilliage Garden Web Forums Google Arcadia Farms