Comprehensive Eco-Farming and Gardening

Bio-Culture and The Permaculture Project LLC provide consulting services to farmers and gardeners who want to include permaculture principles and methodologies in their operations. This entails looking at all aspects of the farming / gardening operation and devising a plan that is “environmentally sound and economically viable”, the central focus being on ecologically sound soil and fertility. Whether the operation is a start-up or in transition to greater sustainability, we examine your property thoroughly and look for opportunities to create changes based on organic whole systems design.

  

Some areas that have been addressed for previous clients include:

  • Transitioning from Chemical to Organic Agriculture
  • Broadacre Permaculture Design for Farms and Agroforestry Systems
  • Farm Planning and Implementation
  • Broadacre Permaculture Farm Design
  • Small Farm Business Planning
  • Backyard Garden Education, Planning and Implementation
  • Food Forest and Agroforestry Planning and Development
  • Holistic Management for Animals: Rotational Grazing and Grazing Planning, Silvopasture, Alley Cropping
  • Keyline analysis and design and earthworks for water management
  • Crop selection
  • Soils and fertility
  • Biodynamic, Biointensive, Masanobu Fukuoka, Organics, Permaculture Systems
  • Soil Tests
  • Environmental Influences on Soil
  • Soil Orders
  • The Nature and Function of Organic Matter and Humus
  • Physical Properties of Soil
  • Major Cation Nutrients
  • Major Anion Nutrients
  • Micronutrients
  • Nutrient Interactions
  • Soil Organisms
  • Weeds and Soil Conditions
  • Soil Classification Test
  • Soil Moisture
  • General Crop Nitrogen Requirements
  • Nutrient Composition of Organic Materials
  • Troubleshooting Guide to Composting
  • Green Manures
  • Nitrogen Contributions of Green Manures in Rotation
  • Nutrient Demands of Various Crops
  • Common Non-Organic Sources of Mineral Fertilizers
  • Solid Micronutrient Fertilizers
  • Foliar Fertilization
  • Annual and Perennial Systems (forest farming)
  • Setting up medicinal and culinary herb farms and businesses
  • Focus on “value-added” production
  • Community Supported Agriculture
  • Economics for Farmers:
    • Profitability
    • Identifying the Weak Link
    • Debt, Overhead, Risk, and Scale
    • New Sources of Income
    • Selecting Appropriate Enterprises
    • Ways to Lower Costs
    • Handling Facilities