Our current projects include; bulding a few aquaponics systems as well as turning the pond we have on the property into a natural pool, also building pens for alpacas, chickens, and goats! Another building project we have planned is square foot gardening! We plan on planting many things! Another objective is to build an outdoor stage in preparation for the plethora of concerts we will be hosting this summer!
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a portmanteau of the words aquaculture (which is to raise smaller aquatic creatures) and hydroponics ( which is to fertilize and raise plants in water). One of our projects is to build as many of these systems as we can, to not only gain the ability of growing and preparing our own food, but also to teach others how to build and create their own aquaponics system.
What is a Natural Swimming Pool?
Yet another hydroponic wonder! As opposed to using typical devices or chemicals which most swimming pools utilize to disinfect, purify or sterilize the water, a natural pool cleanses the water with the surrounding flora. These biological filters are environmentally friendly, chemical-free and electricity is not required in order to run the filtration system.
Most structures hold two connecting pools, one to cultivate plants and one for swimming. Plants such as water lilies, duckweed and cattails remove contaminants and bacteria through their root systems. The animals attracted to a natural swimming pool- such as frogs and dragonflies- are most welcome, consuming mosquitoes while keeping to their natural habitat (which would be the flora pool).
What is Permaculture?
Revolving around the idea of housing a garden that sustains itself as well as the gardener, Permaculture is a vastly expanding field that creates an eco friendly environment where shelter, water, food, fuel, and entertainment are available. The name itself was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 70s meaning "permanent agriculture" or, "permanent culture."
Morrison stated, "Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than profracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system."