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Sfumato Farm
Sfumato Farm
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3775 Stony Point Rd, Charlottesville, VA, US
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Sfumato Farm

Sfumato Farm

Charlottesville, US

William Beers

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2015 Spring/Early Summer

Project: Sfumato Farm

Posted by John Athayde almost 9 years ago

Most of our focus this spring has been our new son, Gabriel Lincoln, who arrived in late January. Aside from that, we've made some good progress on the design, and have made some revisions based on implementation realities

We've spent a lot of time this spring starting the orchard area in a manner similar to the Permaculture Orchard film in our western paddock. We shot the future swales above and below it and put in 38 trees so far this year. We're going to start N-fixers in place (Alder, Russian Olive, Autumn Olive [already on site natively], etc.). We'll be taking our Bocking 14 comfrey and propgating it throughout the orchard over winter. 

We changed the number of swales from 5 to 3 as they became too close together in certain points for us to be able to adequately work around them in the orchard. 

We've done a bit of terracing in front of the house for a memorial garden for my wife's late mother and paternal grandmother, who passed away within a few months of each other last year. This is mostly ornamental, medicinal, and culinary herbs and flowers. 

We've also setup a deal with our friends who own some local coffee shops to take 50# of grounds off their hands every week (from just one of their locations) and are starting to spread that over the old horse paddocks and using a lot in compost piles.

We've doubled our layer flock and are moving them around the horse paddocks in a Harvey-Ussery styled tractor with electronet fencing. 

We've had a horrible Japanese Beetle infestation this year and have been trapping them all over. We're going to look at some beneficial nematodes this fall to help with the larval stage and reduce the number for next year. Chickens in teh ev

We've also started a goat share program with another farm. They've arrived there and will reside there until January 1, when they'll move here. We may be kidding next spring (about to make the breeding decision). 

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