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Serenity Valley Farm
Serenity Valley Farm
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8856 Cottage Rd., South Dayton, NY, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Melody Rector Mike Cook Richard Larson
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Serenity Valley Farm

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Balcony Garden, Intentional Communities, Demonstration

Project Summary

Serenity Valley Farm is a recently purchased 95 acre former Amish dairy farm (still with Amish neighbors) that is being transformed into a demonstration site to showcase locally appropriate small scale food production techniques.

Project Description

The best way to describe the project is: "Converting a former Amish dairy farm to a regionally appropriate full spectrum permaculre demonstration site.  We have 3 years of sustainable organic mixed vegetable market garden experience in PA prior to moving north and purchaseing this property.  We are CONSIDERING taking a PDC certified intern for the 2014 season and possibly beyond.  Looking for someone willing to step up to the challenges and opportunities presented by this diamond in the rough.


Update to Ad Hoc Duck Pond install.

Pics of the hasty duck pond install after 8 months.

Posted about 9 years ago (0 comments)

Earthworks-Ad Hoc Duck Pond

Had a few spare moments with a mini-excavator and decided to slap in a 30 min quick pond.

Posted almost 10 years ago (0 comments)
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