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.

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

An 5 min video update on how the earthworks that have been dug on all of our food forest course are doing after heavy rain.

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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

A friend dropped by and took some aerial photos of each area of our farm areas. These are taken at the end of the Summer 2019 when the land is very dry and shows the work we have done on this abandoned land over the past two years.

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Autumn 2018 reforestation efforts

We plan to reforest 18 hectares of land to offset carbon and attract wildlife. This winter with the help of volunteers, friends, neighbors and donations we have planted a forest in more than one hectare of it. Read on for a full update.

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Food Forest for Chickens – October 2018 Design and Planting

During our Automne 2018 food forest course we designed and planted a food forest for Chickens. This is a food forest with perennial plants and trees that chickens can fodder for fruit, berries, leaves and insects. However without plants that chickens will quickly destroy through overeating or scratching. Leaving the rest for us to harvest.

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Photos from Octobers Food Forest Course

Check out some of the photos of the students in action during October’s food forest course. The students from this course designed and planted a new food forest for Chickens and Humans to enjoy near our new community building.

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Photos from March Food Forest Course

In March 2018 we held our second month long Food Forest course. The group of eight spent one month learning about trees, soils and food forests whilst researching their own trees and creating designs for a food forest. They then planted a new food forest in an old olive grove in one of our terraces.

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Photos from the food forest course

During November 2017 we held our first Food Forest course at Keela Yoga Farm. This month long course was designed to give the students the full experience of how to design and set up a food forest on an off-grid farm. Take a look at what we got up to, and read on to learn more about […]

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    Jude Irwin Reply

    Hi. Your latest post includes this: “Meditaranin Cypress, Hazels, Catpala, “. Do you mean “Mediterranean Cypress” and “Catalpa”???

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