Tap o' Noth Farm is an 8 acre small, mixed farm and permaculture demonstration and education site based in Aberdeenshire, NE Scotland.
Tap o' Noth Farm is an 8 acre small, mixed farm and Permaculture demonstration and education centre, situated on the slopes of Tap o' Noth hill in rural Aberdeenshire, NE Scotland.
We are an accredited Permaculture Research Institute Master Plan site and a ScotLAND Centre site for the Permaculture Association of Britain.
At Tap o’ Noth Permaculture our focus is on providing high quality courses in the fields of ecological design and restoration agriculture and creating a demonstrative and dynamic environment for practical, hands-on learning and reskilling in traditional crafts and homesteading techniques.
We are working closely with experienced permaculture teachers, qualified instructors and skilled enthusiasts to make the best possible decisions regarding course curriculum, event schedules and the furtherance of our site design, enabling us to offer a high standard of demonstration and teaching within our courses and workshops.
The site is a mix of south facing slopes, young mixed broadleaf woodland and pines, pasture, ponds and bog and a growing number of home food gardens, animal systems and food forests.
To date (Sep 2014) we have designed and built two kitchen gardens, consisting of double reach beds on contour with small swale/pathways, polytunnel, fruit cage, worm farm and numerous fruit trees and shrubs.Some beds were built using hugleculture principles.
We have built a duck system which is located at the top of one garden so we can benifit from the duck manure through piped duck water or through the action of gravity/ run -off directly into a swale. We have chickens in a straw yard converting our green 'waste' into compost. The chickens also have thier own forage system to provide some of thier own food needs. We have planted several multi species windbreak hedges (Sea Buckthorn/Hazel/Black Locust/Willow/Alder), providing not only wind buffering but fuelwood and forage. Our first area of forest garden has been planted along with a main crop area and tree nursery. We have built a two room wheelie bin compost toilet house and are working on providing accommodation facillities for our courses which begin in 2015.
We have an old blacksmith building which we plan to renovate and use as the Permaculture classroom and education center.
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