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Regen Farms
Regen Farms
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Watkins, CO, US
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

Amanda Macon Marina Maillo Palma Zachary Bencomo
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Regen Farms

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This permaculture project is on 20 acres on the eastern plains of Colorado. The goal is to have a productive farm where people come to learn about permaculture and farming for the high plains. We are finding ways to regenerate pasture land to be much more productive with improved soils. Many different fruit, nut and herb species have been planted to trial their productivity in the environment.

Project Description

The site is on the easter plains of Colorado about 30 minutes east of Denver.  Average rain fall is listed as 15 inches a year.  Since beginnin the project there have been days a weeks with over 2 inches of rain.  The soil is very sandy so most rain fall soakes in rather quickly.  The land was mostly open pasture which had been cut for hay for several years.

As of May 2014 the site inlcudes:

3 hugel swales supporting 2 food forests
1000 asparagus plants on contour below a food forest
25 hybrid hazel bushes on the south side of the asparagus to be a productive wind block.

Over 130 trees were planted along the north side of the property for a wind blocking forest.  These trees include bur oak, pinion pine and ponderosa pines.  Native plum, wax currant and willow were planted around the site for wild life and wind blocking.

The first food forest was planted in 2013 along two swales and includes:
3 Bur Oak
3 Black Walnut
3 Black Cherry
2 Mulberry Northrop Morus alba
5 Apple Trees
2 Smoky June Berries
2 Prince William June Berries
10 Gooseberries Pixwell
3 Sumac
8 Elder


The second food forest was planted in the spring of 2014 and includes 33 trees with every third tree being a nitrogen fixing siberian peashrub or honey locust.
Melba Apple
Siberian Pea Shrub
Hudar Pear
Meteor Cherry
Siberian Pea Shrub
Lobo Apple
Mt Royal Plum
Siberian Pea Shrub
Adirondack Gold Apricot
Southworth Pear
Siberian Pea Shrub
State Fair Apple
North Star Cherry
Sierian Pea Shrub
Northern Blue Plum
Adirondack Gold Apricot
Siberian Pea Shrub
Sharon Apple
Nova Pear
Siberian Pea Shrub
Bali Cherry
Native American Plum
Thornless Honey Locust
Red Baron Apple
Adirondack Gold Apricot
Thornless Honey Locust
Hudar Pear
Montmorency Cherry
Thornless Honey Locust
Regent Apple
Northern Blue Plum
Thornless Honey Locust
Adirondack Gold Apricot


An estimated 13,000 pounds of leaves were brought to the site in the fall of 2013 past year to help cover bare soil and to improve the soil.  5 dump loads of composted manure were also brought to the site.

We make some biochar and have bought biochar to amend the soil when planting plants.





Cows are not part of the system at Regen Farms

In November of 2014 we added two miniature Hereford heifers to the site. We plan to use them to mob graze the site to improve the soil life and soil for the entire site. They are also producing extra manure which will be used to compost. They also redu

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