Seeking Space

Lunaria Gardens is growing, and we’re seeking a centralized space, preferably in the Philadelphia area, for:

  • Farm/ garden: for growing flowers, herbs, edibles, natives
  • Floral design studio: for creating special orders and event designs
  • Plant nursery: for our specialty herbs, edibles, perennials, natives
  • Workshops: in topics like sustainable floristry, natural dyes, botanical brewing

We’re motivated to find our new home, so if you have a lead, please share, and email [email protected] to start a conversation.

Thank you!

Kristen Jas Vietty
Grower-Forager-Designer
Lunaria Gardens

Easter 2017

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Whether you are setting the table, or bringing a hostess gift, an Easter gathering wouldn’t be complete without botanical beauty! Lunaria can provide floral arrangements, bouquets, plant packages. Order early – supplies are limited! Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Pickup/ delivery schedule:

Friday 4/15
10a-noon: Awbury Arboretum Agricultural Villlage, Germantown, Philadelphia
1p-7p: Lunaria Gardens nursery, Roxborough, Philadelphia; possible custom delivery

Saturday 4/16:
10a-noon Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
2p-4:30p Free Library Central Branch, Parkway District (evening pickup available for The BUZZ event attendees)

Easter Sunday 4/17
Pickup points or custom delivery

 

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Plant availability list

 

Small mixed succulents, $7 each, 3 for $20

 

Tropicals (contact for availability and pricing) or houseplant gift boxes available

 

HIRING: Farmstand Manager, Clark Park/ West Philly

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Clark Park Farmstand Manager

Lunaria Gardens is seeking a 2016 Farmstand Manager to work Saturdays at the Clark Park Farmers Market in West Philadelphia.

Job type: Part-time seasonal. Saturday morning availability is required, approximately 7:30a-3p. Possible option to assist in nursery in Roxborough as well.

Season term: We are asking for a commitment of Saturday mornings, April 2 through June 18, 2016. Lunaria Gardens will likely continue market participation beyond this point, but we would discuss summer plans at a later date.

Compensation: $10-16/ hr ($7.25/ hr with sales commission)

Position posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Contact: Kristen Jas Vietty, [email protected] (no phone calls)

 

Position Description:

Lunaria Gardens will be participating in The Food Trust’s Clark Park Farmers Market in Spring 2016. At this market, we will be primarily offering potted plants: edibles, natives, ornamental perennials, and houseplants. We will also carry a limited selection of flower bouquets and gardening supplies. The director will train and assist, but the Farmstand Manager is in charge of ensuring everything runs smoothly each Saturday.

– Loading vehicle at nursery in Roxborough/ Manayunk on Saturday morning (or Friday evening if preferred).

– Unloading vehicle and creating display at Clark Park Farmers Market: setting up tent, tables, merchandise display, signage.

– Photographing display for Instagram/ Facebook promotion.

– Assisting customers with selecting merchandise, taking special order requests, selling subscription products. Cultivating relationships and repeat customers, but not allowing conversations to interfere with duties.

– Handling cash and credit card sales, recording sales data, and maintaining optimal visual display throughout market hours.

– Breaking down display and loading vehicle.

– Unloading vehicle back at nursery, reporting any issues or trends to director.

 

 

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Requirements:

– Must have familiarity with plants and their general growing requirements. Applicant must have some gardening/ farming/ ecological know-how, like cool-season vs tender vegetables, plant families, sun-shade requirements, etc. You will be helping people select plants, so you need to have some base knowledge, as well as an interest in improving it through ongoing training and self-study.

– Must be excellent with customer service and sales, and possess an outgoing, personable, and positive nature.

– Must be punctual, communicative, organized, and comfortable jumping in and figuring things out.

– Must be able to comfortably lift 50 pounds and withstand standing and sitting outside (under tent) in all weather conditions.

– Must commit to work Saturday mornings from mid-March through mid-June.

– Must possess valid drivers license and a vehicle.

Preferred:

– Ideal applicant will live in the vicinity of West Philadelphia, and have some connection to the community.

– Familiarity with botanical nomenclature, gardening, landscaping, agriculture, permaculture, or ecology.

– Interest in assisting with occasional nursery operations (seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting) during peak season.

– Interest or experience in floriculture is a plus, and could elicit additional Friday hours.

– Experience in visual display and merchandising is a plus, as well as any experience doing other markets or pop-up events.

– Do you have experience with social media/ email marketing, web design, construction, proposal writing, or other cool skills? Let us know.

 

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About Lunaria Gardens:

Lunaria Gardens specializes in edibles, natives, and perennials for the landscape, and houseplants, floral arrangements, and seasonal decor for the home. Our focus is on habitat creation, food production, and sustainable beauty. New for the 2016 are customized plant assortments and floral subscriptions. Owner-operator Kristen Jas Vietty has a background in visual arts, administration, music, and permaculture design at residential, farm, and municipal scales.

 

To Apply:

To be considered, send email to Kristen Jas Vietty: [email protected] (no phone calls)

Email subject format: “Clark Park Farmstand Manager: (Your full name)”

Please either attach a resume in PDF or Word format, or include link to an online resume.

No formal letter of interest required. Instead, either in the email body or in an attached document, answer the following questions in list or paragraph form:

1. Can you commit to working most Saturdays through June 18? Sometimes last-minute situations arise, but please specify if you already have trips or weddings booked on certain dates.

2. Do you have a valid drivers license? Do you have a vehicle with ability to assist with transport of tent, tables, and merchandise?

3. What are your strengths and weaknesses in your plant knowledge? We primarily sell edibles, herbs, natives, and houseplants, and limited amount of non-native ornamentals or cut flower crops.

4. Do you have interest or experience with floral design, as well as Friday availability?

5. What are you hoping to learn or gain from this position?

6. What can you bring to this position? If not listed in resume, please list any skills.

7. If not included in your resume, please list links to social media profiles, websites, links to cool projects with which you’re involved.

 

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Please do not call to follow up on applications.  Thanks much for your interest and time.

Lunaria Gardens is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Kristen Jas Vietty

[email protected]

lunariagardens.com

facebook.com/lunariagardens

instagram.com/lunariagardens

twitter.com/lunariagardens

HIRING: Lunaria Gardens Intern, Philadelphia

Lunaria Gardens Internship

Lunaria Gardens is offering ongoing internships at several locations in Philadelphia: at the greenhouse in West Fairmount Park, at the nursery and growing fields in Roxborough and North Philadelphia, and occasionally at farmers markets in Chestnut Hill, Old City, and Fishtown.

Job type: Part-time educational internship, hours to be discussed
Location: Philadelphia (mostly Roxborough and North Philly)
Compensation: Unpaid/ student credit, possibility of developing into paid position depending on skills & commitment
Position updated: March 8, 2017
Position available: Immediately
Contact: Kristen Jas Vietty, [email protected] (no phone calls)

Position Description:
As this is an educational position, the tasks can vary according to the interests and skills of the applicant. However, some examples of projects include:

▪ Nursery operations: seeding, transplanting, watering, loading for deliveries
▪ Retail assistance at farmers markets and special events
▪ Field assistance: preparing beds, planting, weeding, harvesting
▪ Floral design assistance, creating market and subscription bouquets
▪ Construction projects: raised beds, compost bins, trellises, planters
▪ Food processing & preservation
▪ Photography, writing, web/ graphic design, marketing, educational event support

Requirements:
The only requirement is a desire to learn about horticulture and ecological design. Some familiarity with plants, construction, or design is a plus.

About Lunaria Gardens:

Lunaria Gardens is an urban farm, plant nursery, and floral design studio. We produce a wide range of specialty edibles, natives, ornamentals, and houseplants for the landscape and the home. Our seasonal florals are primarily grown and foraged in Philadelphia, and we provide delivery arrangements, weekly subscriptions, DIY buckets, wedding packages, custom event design, and wholesale cuts to florists. We also offer educational programming like design parties, pop-up events, and workshops.

Owner-operator Kristen Jas Vietty has a background in visual arts, administration, & education, and knows firsthand the value that internships can offer those seeking low-risk exposure to an unfamiliar industry. She has interned with non-profits, a visual artist, and several organic farms throughout the US. She has since founded and co-operated several businesses and continues to enhance her education.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ applicants are especially encouraged to apply. To be considered, please contact Kristen Jas Vietty,[email protected](no phone calls)

Updated: March 8, 2017

HIRING: Chestnut Hill Farmstand Manager

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Chestnut Hill Farmstand Manager

Lunaria Gardens is seeking a spring 2016 Farmstead Manager to work Saturdays at the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market in Northwest Philadelphia.

Job type: Part-time seasonal. Saturday morning availability is required, approximately 7:30a-3p. Possible option to assist in nursery or other markets as well.

Season term: We are asking for a commitment of Saturday mornings, March 19 through June 18, 2016. Lunaria Gardens may continue market participation beyond this point, but this will be discussed at later date.

Compensation: $10-16/ hr ($7.25/ hr with sales commission)

Position posted: October 28, 2015

Application deadline: November 13, 2015

Contact: Kristen Jas Vietty, [email protected] (no phone calls)

 

Position Description:

Lunaria Gardens will be participating in Farm to City’s Chestnut Hill Farmers Market in Spring 2016. We will be offering potted plants, floral bouquets, and a limited amount of seasonal decor, produce, and value-added products. The director will train and assist, but the Farmstand Manager is in charge of ensuring everything runs smoothly each Saturday.

– Loading vehicle at nursery in Roxborough/ Manayunk on Saturday morning (or Friday evening if preferred).

– Unloading vehicle and creating display at Chestnut Hill Farmers Market: setting up tent, tables, merchandise display, signage.

– Photographing display for Instagram/ Facebook promotion.

– Assisting customers with selecting merchandise, taking special order requests. Cultivating relationships and repeat customers, but not allowing conversations to interfere with duties.

– Handling cash and credit card sales, recording sales data, and maintaining optimal visual display throughout market hours.

– Breaking down display and loading vehicle.

– Unloading vehicle back at nursery, reporting any issues or trends to director.

 

 

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Requirements:

– Must be excellent with customer service and sales, and possess an outgoing, personable, and positive nature.

– Must have familiarity with plants and their general growing requirements. Applicant must have some gardening/ farming/ ecological know-how, like cool-season vs tender vegetables, plant families, sun-shade requirements, etc. You will be helping people select plants, so you need to have some base knowledge, as well as an interest in improving it through ongoing training and self-study.

– Must be punctual, communicative, organized, and comfortable jumping in and figuring things out.

– Must be able to comfortably lift 50 pounds and withstand standing and sitting outside (under tent) in all weather conditions.

– Must commit to work Saturday mornings from mid-March through mid-June.

– Must possess valid drivers license.

Preferred:

– Ideal applicant would have vehicle to assist with transport of tent, tables, plants from nursery to market. However, applicants without a vehicle will still be considered.

– Ideal applicant will live in Northwest Philadelphia, and have some connection to the Chestnut Hill or Roxborough community.

– Familiarity with botanical nomenclature, gardening, landscaping, agriculture, permaculture, or ecology.

– Interest in assisting with occasional nursery operations (seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting) during peak season.

– Interest or experience in floriculture is a plus, and could elicit additional Friday hours.

– Experience in visual display and merchandising is a plus, as well as any experience doing other markets or pop-up events.

– Do you have experience with social media/ email marketing, web design, construction, proposal writing, or other cool skills? Let us know.

 

Lunaria Gardens Farmers market display fall bulbs floral arrangements philly

 

About Lunaria Gardens:

Lunaria Gardens specializes in edibles, natives, and perennials for the landscape, and houseplants, floral arrangements, and seasonal decor for the home. Our focus is on habitat creation, food production, and sustainable beauty. In addition to providing unique plants, Lunaria Gardens also provides permaculture design, installation, and maintenance services. Launching Spring 2016 is a Philadelphia floral subscription service. Owner-operator Kristen Jas Vietty has a background in visual arts, administration, music, and permaculture design at residential, farm, and municipal scale.

 

To Apply:

To be considered, send email to Kristen Jas Vietty [email protected] (no phone calls) by November 13, 2015.

Email subject format: “Chestnut Hill Farmstand Manager: (Your full name)”

Please either attach a resume in PDF or Word format, or include link to an online resume.

No formal letter of interest required. Instead, either in the email body or in an attached document, answer the following questions in list or paragraph form:

1. Can you commit to working every Saturday, March 19 – June 18? Sometimes last-minute situations arise, but please specify if you already have trips or weddings booked on certain dates.

2. Do you have a valid drivers license? Do you have a vehicle with ability to assist with transport of tent, tables, and merchandise?

3. Do you have interest or experience with floral design, as well as Friday availability?

4. What are you hoping to learn or gain from this position?

5. What can you bring to this position? If not listed in resume, please list any skills.

6. If not included in your resume, please list links to social media profiles, websites, links to cool projects with which you’re involved.

 

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Please do not call to follow up on applications. We will contact selected applicants by Thanksgiving to schedule interviews. Thanks much for your interest and time.

Lunaria Gardens is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

 

Kristen Jas Vietty

[email protected]

lunariagardens.com

facebook.com/lunariagardens

instagram.com/lunariagardens

twitter.com/lunariagardens

Mid-Atlantic Native Food Forest Polyculture for Rain Gardens & Wet Sites

On June 6, 2015 at Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery, I taught a workshop on Creating Native Food Forests. We discussed our woodland biome & the cycle of ecological succession, contrasted the outputs of wilderness with conventional agriculture, and detailed some possible direct and indirect uses of edible forest gardens. We then looked at some agroforestry case studies, like Mark Shepard’s 100+ acre New Forest Farm, Fields without Fences in Frenchtown, NJ, Eric Toensmeir & Jonathan Bates’ 1/10 acre Paradise Lot, and Steven Gabriel’s ‘De-slugging the Woods‘ maple-mushroom-duck polyculture.

It seems that everyone has a downspout or some greywater that could be redirected into a rain garden, so I pulled a selection of Edge of the Woods plants favoring moist to wet soil conditions. I wanted to highlight how these native species could produce nuts, fruit, berries, vegetables, tea, and medicine, as well as ecosystem services like nitrogen fixation, pollinator habitat, stormwater management, and watershed quality improvement.

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Species List (roughly from largest to smallest mature size)

1. Pecan / Carya illinoinensis / 70-100′, delicious nuts, high value timber

2. Pawpaw / Asimina triloba / 10-40′, most commonly 20-35′, delicious fruit (improved seedlings and grafted forms available), deer & pest resistant, host to zebra swallowtail butterfly.

3. Downy serviceberry / Amelanchier arborea / 15-25′, species within the Amelanchier genus go by many names and have varying sizes and habits, but all have highly ornamental white spring blossoms, followed by small, flavorful berries, and burgundy fall foliage. Not very picky about soils, serviceberries offer a nice alternative to acid-loving blueberries.

4. Hazel alder / Alnus serrulata / 12-20′, nitrogen-fixing, high wildlife value, glossy, ribbed leaves tinged with red, winter interest.

5. Spicebush / Lindera benzoin / 6-12′, a graceful shrub providing lemon blooms in early spring, glossy red berries, and yellow-gold fall foliage. Aromatic twigs and leaves can be used as tea. Host plant for spicebush swallowtail.

6. American black elderberry / Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis / 6-12′, insectary umbel blooms and dark purple fruits, usually stewed and consumed as cordials or cough medicine. Several ornamental cultivars are now available, featuring varied foliage and flower color, or improved fruit quality. Self-fruitful, although a pollinator will improve fruit set.

7. Ostrich fern / Matteuccia struthiopteris / 3-6′, ornamental fern producing edible fiddlehead vegetable of early spring. Will spread via stolons, and foliage will die down by mid-summer.

8. Swamp verbena / Verbana hastata / 2-5′, ornamental candelabra-like blooms, insectary, ‘cure-all’ medicinal, usually consumed as tea.

9. Goldenrod ‘Fireworks’ / Solidago rugosa / 3-4′, top herbaceous insectary species according to Douglas Tallamy. Ornamental golden sprays in late summer/ early fall. Medicinal/ tea.

10. Hoary mountain mint / Pycanthemum incanum / 2-4′, native, insectary mint. Medicinal, tea, potherb.

11. Nodding onion / Alium cernuum / 1-2′, ornamental flowers, insectary, deer/ pest resistant, all parts edible and used like scallions

12. Labrador violet / Viola labradorica / 4-6″, groundcover, ornamental and edible purple foliage and lavender flowers. Host plant for fritillary butterflies and seeds are favored by cardinals & other songbirds.

 

Related posts:

Lunaria Gardens Nursery

#SavetheBees: ‘Queen of the Sun’ screening and pollinator panel discussion, Doylestown, PA

Photos from Forest Gardening workshop at Fields without Fences

Notes from Edible Forest Gardening Workshop with Eric Toensmeier

 

Contact Kristen Jas Vietty

#SavetheBees: ‘Queen of the Sun’ screening & pollinator panel discussion, Doylestown, PA

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Along with local beekeepers, permaculture designer Kristen Jas Vietty will participate in a post-film panel discussion, delivering some tips for creating and maintaining habitat for our hardworking pollinators.

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Doors 6:30p, screening 7p

The County Theater, 20 East State Street, Doylestown, PA

Farm Fresh Film Series, sponsored by Doylestown Food Coop & Bucks County Foodshed Alliance

Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (1h 23m)

Post-film panel discussion with Joe Ridgeway (President, Bucks County Beekeepers Association), Chuck Pressler (owner, Bucks County Apiaries), Courtney Scott (Delaware Valley College Apiary Society), & Kristen Jas Vietty (Permaculture designer, Lunaria Gardens)

Get tickets

 

Spring/ Summer Internship Opportunities

 

Lunaria Gardens is offering spring and summer internships in Forks Township, Easton, PA.

Job type: Part-time educational internship, hours to be discussed

Compensation: Unpaid/ student credit, possibility of developing into paid position depending on skills & commitment

Position posted: February 13, 2015

Position available: Immediately

Contact: Kristen Jas Vietty, [email protected] (no phone calls)

 

Position Description:

As this is an educational position, the tasks can vary according to the interests and skills of the applicant. However, some examples of projects include:

  • Nursery operations: seeding, transplanting, watering, loading for deliveries
  • Garden installation & maintenance: preparing beds, planting, weeding, harvesting
  • Construction projects: compost bins, outbuildings, ponds, trellises, planters
  • Permaculture design: creating base maps, zone and sector analyses, plant palettes,  coloring renderings
  • Photography, writing, web/ graphic design, marketing, educational event support

 

Requirements:

The only requirement is a desire to learn about horticulture and ecological design. Some familiarity with plants, construction, or design is a plus.

 

About Lunaria Gardens:

Lunaria Gardens provides permaculture design, installation, maintenance and educational services for homeowners, farmers, small businesses, universities, and municipalities. We primarily help people grow food, as well as compost, keep livestock, provide native habitat, and generally close energy loops to reduce unnecessary energy expenditures. Lunaria Gardens’ focus is on empowerment & connection via habitat creation and food production. This spring, we will focus on installing extensive plantings at our farm headquarters in Forks Township, Easton, PA, with some limited off-site client projects.

Owner-operator Kristen Jas Vietty has a background in visual arts, administration, & education, and knows firsthand the value that  internships can offer those seeking low-risk exposure to an unfamiliar industry. She has interned with non-profits, a visual artist, and several organic farms throughout the US. She has since founded and co-operated several businesses and continues to enhance her education.

 

Extras:

Our other enterprises include LUNA BUS, a tiny house project, and RebelReed, which provides online learning for accordionists. Combination internships are available. See kristenjas.com for all current listings.

 

To be considered, please contact Kristen Jas Vietty, [email protected] (no phone calls)

 

Posted February 13, 2015

Photos from Forest Gardening Workshop at Fields without Fences

I was recently lucky enough to attend a forest gardening design & installation workshop led by Sean Walsh, on June 28, 2014. I first met Sean over Memorial Day weekend, 2013, where we both attended a permaculture water systems workshop with Andrew Faust, and then teamed up to create a design proposal for the workshop site, Green Light Plants. I was impressed with his knowledge and experience gained since his time at the Conway School of Landscape Design, and now he’s leading Appleseed Permaculture’s New Jersey franchise.

The workshop was held just outside of Frenchtown, NJ, at Fields Without Fences, operated by Johann Rinkens & Lindsay Napolitano. This 10-acre commercial food forest project is just in their second growing year, and it’s amazing how far the site has come in that time. They have an excellent website that describes the history of the degraded land, and how they are restoring the ecology – do check it out. Fields Without Fences’ products can be purchase through a New Jersey based farm distribution service, Zone 7.

I’ll just tell the story of the workshop in photos below:

Appleseed Permaculture's Sean Walsh, introducing forest gardening concepts and showing us some site assessment examples.
Appleseed Permaculture’s Sean Walsh, introducing forest gardening concepts and showing us some site assessment examples.

 

Johann, Sean, & Lindsay orient us with the Fields Without Fences site.
Johann, Sean, & Lindsay orient us with the Fields Without Fences site.
Lindsay fields without fences forest gardening
Lindsay describes their approach to raspberry management. She describes observing brambles growing in wildflower fields, so they pair raspberries with Echinacea/ coneflowers. The flower’s sturdy stems hold the berry canes upright, negating the need to build trellises.
A shot showing a glimpse of the many polycultures utilized at Fields Without Fences. I spy a young pawpaw, comfrey, bolting lettuce & sorrel, and allium flowerheads.
A shot showing a glimpse of the many polycultures utilized at Fields Without Fences. I spy a young pawpaw, comfrey, bolting lettuce & sorrel, and allium flowerheads.
Lindsay called the elder the iconic plant of Fields Without Fences, and it was, appropriately, in full bloom during the workshop. They sell the aromatic elderflowers as well as the berries.
Lindsay called the elder the iconic plant of Fields Without Fences, and it was, appropriately, in full bloom during the workshop. They sell the aromatic elderflowers as well as the berries.
A closeup of an elderflower, as well as some developing berries.
A closeup of an elderflower, as well as some developing berries.
Fields Without Fences has a small annual vegetable production area, where the polyculture approach is still utilized.
Fields Without Fences has a small annual vegetable production area, where the polyculture approach is still utilized.
The main pond collects runoff from this previously waterlogged site. Since this photo was taken, the pond now is home to a couple of ducks.
The main pond collects runoff from this previously waterlogged site. Since this photo was taken, the pond now is home to a couple of ducks.
Most of the site is cover cropped with a seed mix heavy in red clover. The farmers leave it in place, fixing nitrogen in the soil, until ready to plant. Also shown are some of the many currant bushes featured throughout the polycultures.
Most of the site is cover cropped with a seed mix heavy in red clover. The farmers leave it in place, fixing nitrogen in the soil, until ready to plant. Also shown are some of the many currant bushes featured throughout the polycultures.
Pollinators are a vital part of the farm ecosystem, and there are 2 meadow areas for winged friends. Pictured is a hive housing the European honeybee.
Pollinators are a vital part of the farm ecosystem, and there are 2 meadow areas for winged friends. Pictured is a hive housing the European honeybee.
Closeup of honeybees a the hive entrance.
Closeup of honeybees a the hive entrance.
Here are some yarrow and alfalfa flowers attracting the attentions of the honeybee.
Here are some yarrow and alfalfa flowers attracting the attentions of the honeybee.
A beautiful permaculture design plan for Fields Without Fences was displayed. Click to zoom in and read about all the different zones and systems.
A beautiful permaculture design plan for Fields Without Fences was displayed. Click to zoom in and read about all the different zones and systems.
Over lunch, attendee Roman Osadca shared some delicious garlic scape pesto from his homestead, Valley Fall Farm. As of 2014, Roman grows over 290 varieties of garlic!
Over lunch, attendee Roman Osadca shared some delicious garlic scape pesto from his homestead, Valley Fall Farm. As of 2014, Roman grows over 290 varieties of garlic!
A glimpse of Fields Without Fences' plant nursery & propagation area.
A glimpse of Fields Without Fences’ plant nursery & propagation area.
A small cattail pond with the northwest field beyond, which has been shaped into additional raised bed production area since this photo was taken.
A small cattail pond with the northwest field beyond, which has been shaped into additional raised bed production area since this photo was taken.
Johann and Lindsay describe their goals for an Africa-shaped bed we'll be designing.
Johann and Lindsay describe their goals for an Africa-shaped bed we’ll be designing.
We broke into 3 groups to come up with design possibilities for the Africa-shaped bed. Here I am with my team, presenting our design proposal. [Photo: Sean Walsh]
We broke into 3 groups to come up with design possibilities for the Africa-shaped bed. Here I am with my team, presenting our design proposal. [Photo: Sean Walsh]
Sean and Lindsay amalgamate the groups' designs into a final plan. The polyculture includes (from canopy to groundcover): butternut, river birch, pawpaw, blueberry, spicebush, sunflower, catnip, and green & gold.
Sean and Lindsay amalgamate the groups’ designs into a final plan. The polyculture includes (from canopy to groundcover): butternut, river birch, pawpaw, blueberry, spicebush, sunflower, catnip, and green & gold.
In preparation for planting, we began  sheet mulching by rolling out round bales of straw over the grass.
In preparation for planting, we began sheet mulching by rolling out round bales of straw over the grass.
We continued to spread straw over the bed.
We continued to spread straw over the bed.
A view of the bed completely sheet mulched with the straw layer.
A view of the bed completely sheet mulched with the straw layer.
Then Johann used the tractor to dump loads of leaf mulch to spread over the straw.
Then Johann used the tractor to dump loads of leaf mulch to spread over the straw.
After all the topsoil was spread, we started planting. Here, left to right, are Jose, Johann, & Sean planting a young butternut tree.
After all the topsoil was spread, we started planting. Here, left to right, are Jose, Johann, & Sean planting a young butternut tree.
Finishing up planting.
Finishing up planting.
A group photo after planting, however, some folks had to leave before we got this shot.
A group photo after planting, however, some folks had to leave before we got this shot.
A panorama of the farm, including the newly-planted bed, and a wildflower meadow. [Photo by Sean Walsh]
A panorama of the farm, including the newly-planted bed, and a wildflower meadow. [Photo by Sean Walsh]

 

Spring Potluck with the Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild

Inoculated shitake logs fruiting in the Hunter Hill mushroom circle.
Inoculated shitake logs fruiting in the Hunter Hill mushroom circle.

 

On Sunday, May 4, we’ll be hosting a gathering of members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild! This free Meetup group is a great way to find out about cool events & connect with other permies. To attend, you must join the Meetup group and RSVP – space is limited!

 

EPPG Spring Potluck!


Sunday, May 4
, 1-4p

Hunter Hill Farm
901 Frost Hollow Road, Easton, PA 18040

One of our members, Kristen Jas Vietty, of Lunaria Gardens permaculture design, has graciously offered to host a potluck at Hunter Hill Farm, alongside the crew of young farmers who help things run smoothly there.

This suburban property is being reverted back to its former farmland glory, with a CSA operation, apple orchard, mushroom cultivation area, meadow & forest habitat, & the beginnings of an edible forest garden. Kristen is converting a school bus into a tiny home, and they’re adding some livestock into the mix.

Join us for some merriment & permie community!

Please bring a dish to share, your own utensils, plates, cups, etc., and park alongside either of the driveways.

RSVP required!

LUNA BUS tiny home in progress
LUNA BUS tiny home in progress