Regenerative Farming

Organic Methods get us off the chemical-poison treadmill.

Sustainable Means we slow or hold the line on degradation.

Regenerative Means more than quit tilling and plant a cover crop. 
Regenerative means shifting your growing system to:

– See profit increase through reducing input costs
– See your farm as an ecosystem to manage, instead of a series of seasonal tasks
– See weeds as benefits instead of competition
– See bare soil as financial loss instead of the proper tidy look
– See more ways to build resiliency to drought, flood, & temperature spikes
– See more ways to gain productivity and profit through biodiversity
– Grow –actually grow—more topsoil & fertility without NPK
– Employ more ecological services with regenerative practices

Consults for gardeners and market gardeners:
I voraciously read, study, experiment, and hob-nob with practicing ecological and regenerative gardeners.
How to put more parts together on your land?
I can help you on this regenerative path, no matter how small your operation.
I offer classes, videos, & consults.  Please contact me & save my brain from un-used information disease!

Consults for farmers:
I am steeped & jazzed about the latest research and on-farm success stories.
I would like to walk your land with you.
I would like to help you incorporate the new biological and ecological tools for less work and more profit. 
I would like to serve as your coach. 
I would like to help you put all parts of the program together so nature does most of the work.  Your cost-savings will easily cover my modest fees.

Learn More About Regenerative Farming

Plant a Recovery Garden

Author Ellen Vande Visse Return on Investment Plant a Recovery Garden Dear Eco-Gardeners, Maybe money does grow on trees—and in the berry & vegetable patch. I cannot help but share this delightful & inspiring editorial. It’s from the cover of Peaceful Valley Farm Supply (PVFS) catalog. Recession blues? Investments under-performing? Revising your household budget? Consider investing in a garden! Once in place a garden can produce thousands of dollars worth of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts, for just a few hundred dollars investment each year. Now if you ask me, that’s what a return on your investment should look like. Even Google stocks can’t provide 1000% return… (can they?). What about the security of your investment, you ask? Well there …

Preserving The Harvest

Author Ellen Vande Visse Preserving the Harvest What to do with all this bounty? *** Comprehensive, yet quick & easy *** How–to reference Here are the best methods for each vegetable freezing pickling fermenting canning drying Here is the link from the blog September 25, 2012 by Amber Gillespie CLICK HERE FROM — High Mowing Seed Co., a great seed company & informative e-newsletter http://www.highmowingseeds.com/

Harvest Season Party of Abundance

Author Ellen Vande Visse Harvest Season — A Huge Party of Abundance My Treasured Fellow Plant People, As I meander to my cabin and computer to say hello to you today, I brush through stands of cow parsnips. Surprise! I see faded, tan-colored seed heads instead of green. Cow parsnip’s leaves are browning too. On the pipe- like stems, the green color has receded to the bottom half. On the fireweed next to them, I find no green—only white and red. Nearby, nettles that have looked so lush now display a subdued gray-green. Cottonwoods over my head are withdrawing their vibrancy from their leaves and sending it down, down into wood and root. While I wasn’t looking, all the Green …

Harvest Big With Rich Increase

Author Ellen Vande Visse Harvest – Big with Rich Increase From Second Nature, by Michael Pollan, Grove Press, New York, 1991. Excerpt from Chapter 8: The Harvest, page 142. Abundance. The season freely gives unencumbered gifts— “teeming autumn, big with rich increase” (Shakespeare, in Sonnet 97) When a hard frost threatens and we’re hurrying to harvest all but the heartiest vegetables, autumn’s big increase never fails to astound. So much sheer, indubitable mass, none of which existed just a few months ago, except in the prospect of a handful of seeds. We heap bushel baskets with summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes; stuff bags with lettuce and chard; cut whole heads of sunflowers big as a calf’s, and haul it all indoors, …