While, there are some aspects of Beacon Farmstead that look reminiscent of what you’d expect from a typical farm or garden, much of our homestead is producing food in a far less conventional way.
Because I am enormously inspired by the regenerative qualities of Permaculture design, I am often trying to find ways to stack functions–that is, creating productive and beneficial connections between different actions and elements on the farm. One seemingly magical example of this is the area of feeding our pigs.
A main staple of our hogs’ diets is bread, fruit, and veggie scraps from a local health food store. Each time we feed them, many of the seeds, rines, and peels get left and mashed into the soil by those powerful pig trotters, which turns into quite a lovely bit of organic matter over time. We then shift the pigs in a woodland form of rotational grazing, leaving those “lost” seeds to do as they may without being disturbed and rooted up by those nosy pigs. As a result of this approach, we now have a plethora of patches all over the property growing cucumbers, tomatoes, a variety of squashes, and more! It has a very similar result of Masanobu Fukuoka’s “Do Nothing Farming” (though our approach is far from doing nothing). I highly recommend reading his book, The One Straw Revolution. Check it out!
Here are some photos of things that are growing all about the farmstead (and some othe pics that I simply thought were pleasing to the eye). Enjoy!