Fiddle Creek Dairy update

Fiddle Creek Dairy in winter

Fiddle Creek Dairy in winter

Last year as part of the Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum I took through Oregon State University, I did a permaculture design for a local micro-dairy in Quarryville, PA called Fiddle Creek Dairy. The owners of the farm, Tim, Frances, and their toddler son Eli, are dedicated to regenerating the degraded land of the farm that they purchased a little over 3 years ago. They use rotational grazing practices and are taking a holistic management course to further improve their farm management and increase their sustainable yields. We have been working together for the past year to design and implement elements of the design for the farm in hopes that it can become a working farm model that uses permaculture design practices in order to influence, inspire, and lead the local farming community to more sustainable practices here in Lancaster County and beyond.

Flooding has been a problem at the farm and due to its topography (the land is kind of like a bowl or funnel). This issue has recurred multiple times within the past year. In order to alleviate this problem some earth moving equipment needs to be rented and used to divert water away from the garden and the house. During one flood last year a large swath of the newly installed garden was washed away along with the soil, plants and raised beds.  They have been relying on volunteer help for much of the implementation so far and now need some funds to rent an excavator and pay an operator to mitigate flood damage.  In light of that, I am seeking donations to help with this expensive undertaking. Donating money is a great way to “share the surplus” . All money received will go directly to the implementation of the permaculture design, starting with the flood control project. Any additional funds will go towards the coppice wood lot survey and planting and the windbreaks shown in the design.

Take a look at the link below for more on the Fiddle Creek Project and please share this post widely

Thanks!

Fiddle Creek project donations

Fiddle Creek Dairy permaculture design

Frances broad-forking the soil to get out the weeds.

Frances broad-forking the soil to get out the weeds.

Raised beds on contour top dressed with compost.

Raised beds on contour top dressed with compost.

Dillon Cruz using he A frame level to mark out the contour lines.

Dillon Cruz using he A frame level to mark out the contour lines.

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