Reforestation Update – November 2019

This year we have started our reforestation efforts a bit earlier so we can plant more and the plants can enjoy the winter rains. 

  • 18 new trees in this three-layer windbreak in Reforestation field. These include: Atlas Cedar, Quince, Persimmon, Mediterranean Cypress, Catalpa, Hazels, Willows, Cherry, Pear, Mulberry, Oaks
  • We have also planted many more trees within our food forests and restoration agriculture fields, update to come soon
  • Last years reforestation survival rate was low due to a year of drought. We have decided that this year we will irrigate the trees for a maximum survival rate
  • We currently have dedicated a 1 hectare field for the reforestation plan
  • We planned to plant another field this winter but due to some trees not surviving the drought and the fire risk from uncut grass, we will focus efforts in this field
  • We still plan to plant some trees in other fields, but with fencing around each
    • This will allow sheep to graze there to keep the grass low and fire safe without risking the tree being eaten
    • This will take much more time to plant as we need to put three fence posts and a fence around each one.
    • This will incur more costs as we need more fence posts and fencing but these can be reused once the tree no longer requires the fence
    • This method could infact icrease the area we reforest faster as we can spread trees out further and less dense.
  • This years planting has been funded by donations from guests that were here and the food forest course
  • We still have some funding from donations made this year from some of you, we will be purchasing and planting these trees in January 2020 as we are finalising the designs
  • Designs will be published soon

Field dedicated for reforestation

Reforestation field
This shows the lake we dug with a low water level as it is end of summer. This field was fenced as part of the reforestation project last year so the sheep cannot enter and eat any trees that we plant

Swale in reforestation field

We marked a swale out by hand on contour. This is a ditch that will draw water from the wetter part of the field to the drier part of the field. It will also hold onto water and catch any top soil that rain may wash downhill
reforestation compost
We also made compost for the new trees

Thank you for your support. If you can donate money, time or trees to this program we would greatly appreciate it.

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Buy a tree for a gift

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How to Kill Eucalyptus Naturally on Organic farms

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13 cool new trees

In November 2020 we planted our first 13 trees in our new agroforestry system.  We have prepared this field over the last year with swales, fencing, cover crops and a pond and now they have 13 cool new trees! This field will have a forest planted that will offset carbon, create habitat for wildlife and […]

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Tree Planting and Ally Cropping in our Silvopasture

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Silvopasture for Chickens & Sheep

Over the past year, we have planted one field using silvopasture principles. Silvopasture is where you grow trees and shrubs with animals integrated into the system that benefit each other. The idea is to reduce carbon based inputs into the system such as tractors to cut grass and fertiliser for trees whilst getting extra forrage […]

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Photos and updates from 2019

We have had a very busy year on the farm with more than 100 volunteers, many courses and retreats. We have started some new permaculture systems, continued in the food forests and with our reforestation project and the natural building projects. Here is an update on some of our current projects for those not following […]

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Swales and earthworks in action

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10 Day Food Forest Courses

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Reforestation Update – November 2019

This year we have started our reforestation efforts a bit earlier so we can plant more and the plants can enjoy the winter rains. 

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Aerial photos and updates Oct 2019

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Photos of Spring 2019 Food Forest Work

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New permanent beds this winter

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Harvesting Olives and Making Olive Oil

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Autumn 2018 reforestation efforts

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