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Permaculture — I Gotta Start Somewhere

Permaculture

pond-bridge“I gotta start somewhere” comes from the realization that months have passed and Yikes! It has been forever since either of us posted on the website. Scott keeps everybody up to date on Facebook with daily goings on at the farm with the animals. And I will leave that to him as he does a fantastic job with the photos and videos. What I want to do here is begin a dialog on our philosophy of farming / living life.

You know people always say about getting back to the land that it is always about the lifestyle. That is so true. Yes it’s work, work, work. But who says that work and play have to be opposites? I love the work that we do. It fulfills me like nothing else can. Being a part of the natural world is an amazing experience. If you haven’t heard the term “Permaculture” you will.

peaceful heart's doraThe basic idea is building a sustainable environment using plants and animals that already live and thrive in our particular environment. Each has a place and each supports the rest of the farm. And that includes us. All of us — our physical selves, the animals, the plants, the buildings, the water systems, the air, the earth, the critters in the earth, the fungi and bacteria — yes all of us share a symbiotic relationship. Harvest is based on what that particular piece of land can provide. No more and no less. Abundance is shared with the animals, the people and the earth. Our journey on Peaceful Heart Farm is to discover more and more about how we can support and grow that effort. We are all in this together.

bee hivesThe concepts of permaculture can be expanded to include larger land areas. In fact, I’d like to see an entire village of permaculture. There is so much that can, and needs, to be accomplished for all of our well-being. No one person or farm can provide it all. It takes a village. It takes a community living, working and supporting the whole. And I don’t mean the village that Hillary talks about. What I am writing about here is a village where each and every individual takes responsibility for and cares for their own land and people. They produce and abundance and join that with others who are also responsible for their piece. Then we can all freely look after one another. It becomes part of our culture to simply lend a hand when needed. And to ask for a hand when needed.

cashmere goat bucksThe three ethics of permaculture are:

  1. Care for the Earth
  2. Care for the people
  3. Limit the “footprint” to produce abundance for sharing and returning to the earth and people

Scott and I are getting ever closer to building the creamery and providing lots of wonderful cheese to our friends, neighbors, and fellow humans. And the additional plans for building a permaculture farm, family, and village community are bubbling under the surface. I’m so excited about my life. There is so much to do and it’s permeated with joy.

 

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Welcome To Our Farm

Peaceful Heart Farm - Front pond in the Fall

Peaceful Heart Farm - Front pond in the Fall

Peaceful Heart Farm – Front Pond in the Fall

Peaceful Heart Farm is a 62 acre family owned and operated farm at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Patrick County Virginia. We raise Katahdin sheep and produce herbal supplements. We have a developing orchard and will be offering sustainably grown fruit in the next few years.

We look to the “ancient wisdom” of managing gardens and livestock by asking the question, “How was it done before the industrial revolution? And how does nature do this?”
We use herbal supplements for our self, our animals and even the plants receive only naturally produced supplements of leaves, orchard trimmings, and plant material from earlier years.

We dedicate ourselves to producing healthy lives for ourselves, our farm, and our community.

Contact Us for availability of lamb and Katahdin breeding stock.