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Quaking Aspen Permaculture
Quaking Aspen Permaculture
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4117 East Coburn Dr, Flagstaff , AZ, US
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Sven Horner Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
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Quaking Aspen Permaculture

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Urban, Residential, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Quaking Aspen Permaculture is a high elevation dryland project located in suburban Flagstaff, AZ

Project Description

Quaking Aspen Permaculture began in 2004 with the conversion of a conventional suburban home fully equipped with a water intensive lawn on about a 1/4 acre.  Over the years it has blossomed into a beautiful award winning oasis.  It has not been irrigated with city water in over 4 years, which is quite the feat for a lush food producing garden in Arizona!  Irrigation is provided through passive water harvesting earthworks, over 3,600+ gallons of gravity fed rainwater tanks, and 4 different gravity fed greywater systems that use water from the shower, sinks, washing machine, and kitchen sink.  It has been used as a showcase of what can be done in Flagstaff using the available resources.  City and county officials as well as local resident have come by to learn the basics of rainwater harvesting, legal greywater system design, and permaculture.  Recently the city of Flagstaff used it as case study of how much a property can reduce its water use and still look beautiful as they realize that water resources are limited.

All organic matter generated on site including humanure has been cycled back into the soil to build what started out as shallow, nutrient depleted, and heavy compacted dirt into what can be considered fertile topsoil.  This soil nurtures over 20 fruit trees, dozens of fruiting shrubs and vines, and hundreds of perennial edibles, flowers, and herbs. 

The growing season is super short with an average of only 90 days, late frosts occur almost every year, the summer nights are still cold and can potentially freeze while the days may be hot.  Not an ideal agriculture climate in any sense of the idea, but much food is still produced and it has become a trial ground for what crops work well as I have tried hundreds of different varieties of plants.



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