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Mulberry Mania

Grant Schultz

When I was growing up, summers were spent riding bikes, eating fresh mulberries off the trees, and catching crayfish in the creek. Life was good. Every kid, wild turkey, and squirrel loved fresh mulberries. I noticed the prolificacy of the trees then, and the parallel disdain that many adults held for them. "They're weed trees, cut them down. The birds eat them and then shit on my car!" This widely-held belief seemed crazy to me. Why would anyone want to eliminate abundant fruit trees? Mulberries begin fruiting early in their lives, begin fruiting early in the season, and fruit nearly non-stop from early summer into fall.

So, mulberry is a prolific tree that rains fruit most of the growing season.

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Mulberry leaves are a tremendously high quality forage that rivals alfalfa. Here's an analysis:

Farmscale Permaculture: Luke Callahan on Profitable Microgreens

Grant Schultz

Farmscale Permaculture 2016 : Crops : Microgreens

Luke Callahan on Profitable Microgreens

In this presentation, Luke Callahan shares his experience growing microgreens as a full-time business. Already an accomplished entrepreneur, Luke attended our 2015 Farmscale Permaculture course to diversify his skillset and meet all the cool folks at the course. Luke currently homesteads in Oregon.

If you'd like to see the rest of the Farmscale Permaculture video series, you can sign up here.

 

 

Farmscale Permaculture: Pastured Pork at Groce Family Farm

Grant Schultz

Farmscale Permaculture 2016 : Livestock : Pastured Pork

Pastured Pork at Groce Family Farm

Luke Groce gives a complete overview of their process for raising and marketing pastured pork.  Luke came to our 2015 Farmscale Permaculture course and has since purchased a larger farm and expanded the family vegetable and grazing operations.

Luke and Katherine Groce farm Groce Family Farm in Crawford County, Indiana just outside Louisville, Kentucky.

If you'd like to see the rest of the Farmscale Permaculture video series, you can sign up here.

 

 

Heritage Apples

Grant Schultz

We're grafting 4,000+ apple trees in 2015. A recent scionwood collection trip included 68 heritage varieties new to Versaland. If you want a head start on planting a resilient food system, go ahead and plant apple rootstock now. We market several varieties of rootstock through New Farm Supply.

Enjoy this peek at a few heritage varieties.

Farmscale Keyline Mulching

Grant Schultz

This is how you mulch, fertilize, and optimize tree crops at scale using 100% organic methods. Use alleyway alfalfa and clover to mulch your tree crops. Eliminate competition, increase soil fertility, and increase water holding capacity all while hauling in no external inputs.

Win/Win/Win. Learn more here: http://www.versaland.com/workshops/farmscale-permaculture/

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Tree Crops - FREE DOWNLOAD

Grant Schultz

treecrops Tree Crops by J. Russell Smith is one of our favorite books.

We're offering a legal PDF download of the original edition, with all of its wonderful photographs.

Use the form below, and it will be delivered direct to your inbox via auto-reply.

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