Ongoing development of a 5 acre urban permaculture farm in Taos, New Mexico. this farm will grow food for both the Hanuman temple and to sell in town. It will be an active demonstration site and educational facility promoting permaculture and sustainable practices.
Located next to and a part of the Hanuman Temple in Taos, New Mexico, at an altitude of approximately 7,000 ft, this 5.2 acres of bottom land is ideal for an urban Permaculture farm. Presently almost all the land is open pasture, parts of which have been in annual production or covered cropped these past few years. Located within a 15 minute walk of Taos plaza, this farm will serve the community by growing a diversity of food and important plants, as well as helping to create a strong local economy and community
The farm has come out of and is an expression of the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Hanuman Temple’s focus on selfless service and feeding people. The goals of this project are multi-fold. Ideally, it will be producing a large portion of the vegetables, fruit and flowers that are used daily at the ashram. It will also be donating food to the community in need, as well as creating several cottage industries based around our resources and abundance.
During the summer of 2009 I facilitated a design team from the temple that developed the Permaculture design that is now being implemented. Components of this design include; three annual fields totally just under one and half acres, complex orchard, half acre herb garden, flower garden, multiple windbreak/forest gardens, 2 large greenhouses totally 3,000 sq. ft., 2 ponds and a connecting acequia, nursery, composting area, barn with corral, office, and other farm structures.
In the autumn of 2009 the initial tree planting for the complex orchard was done. This past summer we focused on sheet mulching the herb garden area to create beds for next season plantings, plus working on the flood irrigation for the orchard (our main water source is an acequia), getting one of the greenhouses up and running and overall soil improvement farm wide. This latter one will be an important process that will continue for several years. Work will also continue on developing the complex orchard, irrigation systems, greenhouse systems and improvements, further sheet mulching to expand the herb garden, planting the herb garden, and developing the nursery and composting system.
In summer of 2011 the 3 annual production fields where laid out. This now allows us to begin fall planting of the windbreaks and hedgerows, very important elements in the overall design. During the past winter all legal necessities were taken care of, which was a lot, to receive permission to construct a farm pond. with final construction details being refined, installation will likely happen late summer 2012.
This project will take multiple years to complete. Volunteer positions are available and the farm in listed through WOOF.
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