For our next meeting on October 17th we have invited Jayme Oats to speak. She is owner of a business that helps farmers with solutions including helping beginning farmers and organic certification. She is the director of the Cooperative Extension Beginning Farmer Program. She will be speaking to us about Moringa a wonderful medicinal herb tree that grows well here in Alabama.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 17th at 6pm, at the Loeb Center of Old Alabama Town.
Permaculture Thinking Creates Solutions
Speaker: Chris Gore
Old Alabama Town Herb Society, Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 p.m., OAT Loeb Reception Center, 301 Columbus St., Montgomery, AL 36104
“Over six years ago I decided I was going to do some landscaping at my new home. I had never heard of permaculture design nor did I know just how awful my soil was at the time. It turns out a sandy hill void of topsoil comes with challenges. Adding to those challenges was the high acidity from all the surrounding pine trees that are a staple in southern monoculture forestry land. So without much observation I dug six holes and filled them using four encore azaleas and two peach trees. The peach trees I planted almost immediately died regardless of the care I gave. By the next year all but two of the azaleas followed suit and decided not to live. With such a low return on investment I stopped planting. I stopped trying to grow. It did not make sense to buy more plants just to watch them die…That’s when the idea of making the problem the solution made sense and applying this new way of thinking to my life and plantings began to close the loop of my well being. Now I spend a lot of time, energy, and money creating great soil. I no longer see it as a liability but rather as a priceless asset.”
The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network
Healthy Farms, Healthy Food, Healthy Communities!
ASAN’s mission is to support conservation practices, families who grow and consume natural food and fiber, and the communities where they live.
The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) is a grassroots network of farmers, consumers, and agriculture-related organizations, all committed to promoting sustainable agriculture in Alabama. We define “Sustainable Agriculture” as farming that supports families and communities while conserving natural resources.