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Inspiration Farm
Inspiration Farm
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619 E laurel rd, Bellingham, Wa, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Alyssa Hays Daniel Halsey Derek McCartney Erin Landon Laurie Branson Matthew Shannon Richard Larson Timothy  Keal
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Inspiration Farm

Project Type

Rural, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Series of swales and nutrient rich water harvesting earthworks projects with hugelculture and food forests being planted.

Project Description

This Summer we sculpted new and augmented existing swale and pond systems. The majority of the earthwork was conducted in July and August, with plantings happening imedeatly after the final raking was finished.

The largest hugel bed was constructed with the help of Huxly university students that participated in a 2 day introduction to permaculture class that we hosted here at Inspiration Farm. The students were showed how to servay the lanscape in order to best capture the water and nutrient flow. They helped harvest wood and arranged it neetly in the bed. I then used the tractor to burry the wood and grade it out.

We then explained the role of cover crops and their ability to build soil fast using a diverse selection of seeds, favas, peas, beans, oats, rye, sunflowers, buckwheat, kale, radishs, and others, we sowed and scatter mulched the bed.  I am happy to say that the swales are now full of water and have crested their level sill spillway for the first time.

you can see more photos on our facebook page,




Pollard Time

Cutting and harvesting Black locust and seeds

Posted over 9 years ago (1 comments)

Nutrient and Water Harvesting at Inspiration Farm

Water is flowing

Posted almost 11 years ago (0 comments)
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