Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Permaculture Zone Map

This is our very first stab at laying out some Permaculture zones for our farm. Some of this is subject to change over the next year. Most of the work that we'll be doing in the near future is in Zones 1, 2, and 3 so I intend to make another map very soon that focuses just on those areas.

Zone 1: includes Zone 0 (the House), our annual gardens, herb gardens, the chicken coop

Zone 2: Multi-layered food forest initially based around the old orchard (mostly pear trees) but we'll plant a lot more fruit and nut trees there

Zone 3: This area is already flat and open, we'll leave this for livestock grazing maybe planting some grains or something else out there too.

Zones 1, 2 and 3 cover the entire flat area of our land.

Zone 4: This area (as well as Zone 5) are slope up sharply to the north. This area actually provides a bit too much winter shade for Zones 1-3. We're thinking that we might be able to thin out the forest in this area and plant chestnuts and oaks to create a harvest forest for nuts and wood that won't grow as tall as the cedars that are there right now.

Zone 5: We'll just leave all this alone as a natural buffer between the farm and the large meadows that are just off to the east of us. It's really beautiful up there too, lots of really big cedars and oaks and mostly so sloped and wooded that it would be a major shift to turn it into anything else.

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