Common Kettle Farm
Common Kettle Farm
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Commenced:
01/10/2012
Submitted:
13/12/2012
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
Walnut Ave, Orangevale, California, US
Phone:
9169957126
Climate zone:
Mediterranean





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Common Kettle Farm

Project Type

Urban, Residential, Community, Demonstration, Educational, Financial Economic

Project Summary

Common Kettle Farms is a 2 1/2 acre residential urban farm, demonstration and education center in the making.

Project Description

Common Kettle Farms is a 2 1/2 acre residential urban farm, demonstration and education center in the making located in Orangevale, California. Currently, 1 acre is an intensively managed Zone 1 of mixed annuals and perennials. Several diverse tree crops have been planted throughout, but have not yet come into serious production at this time. The rest of the property is currently under design and will be a 1 1/2 acre food forest. Several water harvesting earthworks (swales) have been installed and are still under construction. The site also has a working greywater system, roof water catchment, one completed greenhouse and another nearing completion. Local "waste" sources have been tapped into, and local arborists deliver both cut logs for firewood, and wood chips. Bricks, rock and urbanite are also sourced when needed. Next October will host a 5 day straw bale building workshop, and other natural building structures are planned for the future.

Also under development is a polyculture business/ financial model involving a plant nursery and sales, sales of produce,  kombucha and medicinals at farmers markets and other vendors with the ultimate goal of on site " u-pick" style sales being optimal. Design consulation, installation and educatioal services will be offered. Vegan cooking classes are already being held, and several workshops and workshop series are being planned, with the ultimate goal of weekly adult and child classes, after school programs, as well as lengthier courses and onsite, residential PDC's.

We have also hosted two community events (festivals), both with large turn outs, as well as started the Orangevale Permaculture Guild, though re naming this guild is under consideration. 916

Updates

New Swales, and Second Rain Event Progress

More swales added,harvesting neighbors runnoff, life continues to emerge. Kiwi tunnel under construction.

Posted almost 7 years ago (0 comments)

Further Swale Development and First Rain Progress

Life in the Swales Begins

Posted almost 7 years ago (0 comments)

Swale First Run

First Swales put in and their progress over the past month and a half.

Posted almost 7 years ago (1 comments)
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