Project #1: The Aronia Berries
We've been given near complete creative control over a two acre parcel containing about 90, five year old, mature Aronia berry plants. Aronia berries are native to the eastern US and are considered a super food. High in vitamin C and antioxidants, they are being touted as "the healthiest fruit in the world." They are great permaculture plant, super hearty and drought resistant. For more on Aronia Berries see http://tcpermaculture.blogspot.com/2013/04/permaculture-plants-aronia-or-chokeberry.html
Jeff Hillis, the owner of the land, is open to many options, from simply wood chipping the berry plants all the way to creating a food forest. He simply doesn't want to see the berries go to waste anymore. For the past two years no one has touched them except for some very happy birds. The berries are planted in six or seven long, fairly neat, rows. There is a house on the property that is rented out by a woman named "Tammy". If Tammy approved, we could even have 15-30 chickens out there. It's a nice big plot, fairly flat, in a largely rural setting with lots of potential.
Since the grass has covered nearly the entire plot, our first order of business is most likely to deal with that. After some research into the variety of ways to subdue the grass, it seems best that we surround the Aronia berries with a thick layer of wood chips as well as a bunch of the surrounding grassland. This will serve to both weaken the grass, as well as create a very rich soil within a couple years. Other than harvest the berries and potentially sheet mulch the crap out of the whole plot this fall, this may be the only action we need to take this season. (Unless of course we decide we need chickens!) Read "Wood Chips—The Secret to Effortless, Inexpensive Biodynamic Gardening" for a better understanding of why this is: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/05/wood-chips-ground-cover.aspx
A dump truck of woodchips has already been delivered, with the promise of as many more loads as we deem necessary.
Unless we collectively come up with a better plan (which is most awesome and okay since we are a collective!) we need to decide on a day and time to go out there with pitchforks and wheelbarrows and woodchip our little hearts out. Probably should of course make the whole thing a potluck as well. ;)
The address of the Aronia Berry plot is: 1500 West Burnham Street, Lincoln, NE 68522. Nice n peaceful out there. :)
Poll Created Fri 31 Mar 2017 11:25PM
Who's interested in helping wood chip the Aronia Berries? Closed Tue 4 Apr 2017 11:00PM
Alright... so our schedules are enough all over the place that we'll pick the best time and do it. Not gonna lie... already feeling over Loomio a bit. ;)
HOWEVER... apparently the guy who used to take care of the berries a few years back (Ross Brockley) has gone out there and wood chipped already, SO... gonna need to figure out just what the heck is going on and get back to everyone. Only found this out cause my roommate Ryan runs into Ross at Open Harvest all the time, so gonna get his number and see what's what. Might just have berries to eat. Also Ryan wants to go out there and plant other things, so... well... we'll figure this out. :)
This needs to be done soon. It'll be a jolly time of wood chipping and wheelbarrowing and the kickoff party for taking action as the Open Source Permaculture Task Force. This proposal is simply to get an idea of who's interested in being a part of the Aronia berries plot and able to help. A simple "Agree" or "Disagree" will do. If you are interested, please include in the comments what days and times are good in general for you so we can decide on a good day for hopefully everyone.
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8 of 9 people have participated (88%)
Mon 3 Apr 2017 8:09PM
I'm available all day Wednesdays and Thursdays, and after 5pm Mondays and Saturdays.
That's for this and next week. After next week, I will be available nearly all day most days :)