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Millison Family Farms
Millison Family Farms
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645 SE Alexander Ave, Corvallis, Oregon, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

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Millison Family Farms

Project Type

Urban, Residential

Project Summary

Residential Permaculture site on 1/3 acre on a well-travelled street. High density diverse food production and integrated drainage system into tank and small ponds. Chicken rotation system, fruit and nut trees, a virtual orgy of mulch.

Project Description

This is my home where I live with my wife and two children. I am rapidly installing Permaculture landscape systems on this busy road just up from an elementary school. It is a rental, but the home owner is very cool and thinks what I'm doing is great. We have a long-term arrangement for occupancy.

I began putting in the gardens in the spring of 2010, and am now in rapid transformation. The entire neighborhood is passively learning about Permaculture design as they wonder what that guy is doing now.

There are already 15 mature fruit and nut trees and mature Grape vines, Hazelnut, Apple, Pear, Plum, and Fig. I have a zone 3 chicken rotation paddocks for a larger crop, currently planted in Fava beans. I have several different types of mushrooms inoculated in chips or logs: White Elm, Garden Giant, and Chicken of the Woods. I've put in raspberry, blueberry, evergreen huckleberry, thimbleberry, currant, elderberry and many other fruiting, flowering, and herbaceous plants. The yard is heavily mulched, and beds are built from urbanite (broken concrete chunks), and inoculated mushroom logs.

There are 2 rain-fed ponds with aquatic organisms, and all woody biomass is incorporated into the site. There's a year-round garden that has yielded abundantly since I started it nearly one year ago.

Lawn to Garden: 6 months in













Rain-fed pond













Garden: 1st season (2010)


Chicken Garden Rotation Coop: Zone 3 cropping

Here is my newly remodeled chicken coop. There are 4 doors, each leading to a separate fenced quadrant. In two quadrants I planted Fava beans in February, and now there's corn, squash, and beans seeded, while the chickens prepare the next quadrant.

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