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Econ Farm
Econ Farm
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16206 Hamilton Dr., Orlando, Florida, US
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Alex Nikesch Dustin wallerwork@gmail.com Kwang Mae Cho Leon Elt Rae Fuller Richard G. Powell
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Econ Farm

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Rural, Residential, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

The Econ Farm is a five acre homestead, permaculture farm, and educational setting on pristine Florida land located on the Econlockhatchee River.

Project Description

Because 75% of the acreage is designated wetlands, the Econ Farm is not a traditional farm -- no barn, no farm animals (except chickens and worms), and no fields. However, we have constructed two large garden beds on the high and dry area near the road, where we grow a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Plantings include papayas, pineapples, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, sugar snap peas, turnips, basil, and peppermint, to name just a few. Due to the hot climate, the major planting season for traditional food crops in Florida is fall instead of spring. Each year we have two planting cycles, one spring planting for summer fruits and flowers, and one fall planting for vegetables and herbs. This also allows for two harvest celebrations!

We are slowly returning the entire wetlands area to its Florida heritage by removing all exotic plants, and replacing them with native Florida plants. We have cut a nature trail loop which starts at the clearing and leads through the wetlands, down to the river, and back through and around to the clearing.

Recent permaculture projects at the Econ Farm include completion of an outdoor kitchen, a spiral herb garden, a pond fed by rainwater, a 1,500 cistern, and two new plant guilds that were planted by students of our Permaculture Design Course.


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