Permaculture is a methodology to design ecosystems that closely mimic nature. We follow those methods to create a sustainable farm that grows vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits located an hour northeast of Austin. With 150 acres, we plan to be the biggest permaculture farm in Texas.
Sustainable farms grow the best possible produce and design their farms to protect the health and well-being of the surrounding area. This means developing and fostering a rich ecosystem of plants, trees and animals that work in harmony with one another. A healthy ecosystem makes everything grow and taste better. As a food forest, trees will govern the land. Trees are amazing living things: They capture and store harmful pollutants that contribute to global warming, produce their own mulch and compost, reduce the impact of high winds, prevent erosion of valuable topsoil, communicate with other trees via their roots and share resources when other trees are under stress or being attacked, and in a forest, they release a chemical that has been shown to improve the immune systems of humans. That’s why we will plant hundreds of trees over the coming years. That means cherries, figs, limes, oranges, pomegranates, apples and a variety of nuts.
As a sustainable farm, we strive to capture and store energy that nature delivers for free, especially water. A series of ponds capture and store rainfall that we use for irrigation. Building our plots by following the contours of the land helps prevent soil erosion. We also practice no-till farming so that soil biology is largely left undisturbed. Soil biology provides nutrition to plants while bolstering their immune systems to attacks from pests. Everything working together!