That photo to the left was taken yesterday and serves as a warning from a taunting nature to never mess with her. All of your dreams and visions can be held in check if she decides to not play nicely. This year in New England we've been provoked by the extremes we've seen in temperatures this past winter. Days of 50˚ and 60˚ spring like weather combined with very little snow goaded us on to drool over an early planting season, thinking THIS year will be different!
No waiting until May to find ourselves giddily planting seeds in our raised beds, marking our rows with soldiers of signed popsicle sticks and drooling over the bounty to come.
But, nah. It ain't gonna happen. Yesterday happened. Snow happened and those darn freezing temps swept in laughing at us as they smothered our early season gaiety. Just keeping us in line, reminding us that this is the time for planning.
And that takes us to the title of this post. For on Sunday (the day before the photo was snapped) my wife and I had the privilege of taking part in a planning session discussing various events which may or may not be taking place this year at IFP (Inheritance Farm Permaculture). Well let me tell you something, this is shaping up to be a very busy year.
An interesting aspect of IFP is that should one decide to come visit (and that is highly encouraged) what you would see currently is some chickens, geese, ducks and one or two pigs along with remnants from previous workshops and meetups. But, you won't see dozens of cattle roaming around (yet) or goats or large swaths of pigs rooting around (yet) or long rows of monocrops or monstrous bales of hay waiting to be stored .
There are several reasons for this. The first is that while we do have the word FARM in our name it's not our desire to just repeat what every other farm does. Who wants that? That's boring. Drive around New Hampshire and it won't take you very long before you see the idyllic setting of cattle lumping along a big open pasture or pig pens corralling mud covered pigs. See it's been (being) done.
So we have the term Permaculture in our name. And this is the differentiating factor. Inheritance Farm Permaculture is more of a farm incubator or R & D site. Our goal isn't to recreate the wheel, we like the wheel. We want to showcase everything the wheel is really capable of and then introduce those ideas, theories and possibilities to our friends, family and permaculture brothers and sisters. That's why you'll find rocket mass heaters, aquaponics and solar arrays, rain catchment systems feeding gardens, composting toilets for events, cob workshops and so much more.
And, just to give you sneak peek and to wet your whistle at what's to come, here's a quick list of hits from the discussion:
1) Garage sale (more BIG news to come on that. Keep an eye on our events page!
2) A lecture series. This will feature talks/discussions for newbies to advanced permies on subjects like micro-homesteading, intro to Permaculture, rocket mass heaters, water capture and redistribution, gardening, how to make money writing books about your farm and farm experiences, beekeeping, etc.
3) Workshops. Heck yeah workshops!! Think cob ovens, chicken biosphere, large scale swales, soap making classes, sheet mulching, bug hotels, beekeeping, biochar, building passive solar heaters for windows and using rocket stoves to cook down maple sap to name a few.
4) Interviews with innovators from around New England on topics like feeding your chickens for free using compost, as well as what's happening with permaculture in NH and Maine.
But, those are topics we think people would like to attend.
We'd love to hear what topics you're itching to learn more about and we'd LOVE to host a workshop to help you learn. Why not leave a comment and give us an earful on what would light your fire. Bring it on!!!
Ray is part of the Ray and Randi duo, who actually don't live on the farm. They have a micro-homestead in Gilmanton, but are VERY active over at IFP and are guest bloggers for them.
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