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Holstein Farm
Holstein Farm
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49 pokeweed ln, Leicester, NC, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Nathan Dow
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Holstein Farm

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24 acre permaculture design and implementation, in addition to this is are educational classes taught by me through Dancing Tree Permaculture to our community/volunteer program (wwoof).

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The farm is still in early stages, the design was overseen by Geoff Lawton in my competition of his online courses. The farm is in it's stages of completing all living structures which include a kitchen and bathhouse for the volunteer community area, as well as a tiny house and 3 camping platforms. This whole area is off grid gas and solar, and will continue to evolve these systems into more sustainable practices such as composting toilets and grey water systems (currently it's on septic). There is a main house which is where I (the care taker) live located in Zone 1, the owners who do not live here full time have a house in Zone 2, then there are two rental houses in zone 4 which play a big role in the economic sustainability of the farm. We will eventually also run a small farmers market in which we will sell Honey, Eggs, Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Fish and Grass fed beef. There are various food forest areas being developed through proper soil preparation systems taught by Geoff Lawton (and Mollison of course), and about 100 fruit trees have all ready been planted and are happily growing. The animal systems have been refined since I've been here, we have Cattle (Scottish Highlander), Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Goats, Fish, Horse, and house pets such as dogs and cats. When I arrived on this farm it was very young and had many broken systems, it is an ongoing process to catch everything up and create a full sustainable recycling system. The goal for my client is to have a full functional sustainable farm that has a community environment and education center, also to achieve a setting that can provide enough business to sustain the farm and turn anything extra into profit.


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