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Stories from the farm - a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm

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Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm

5EyesOrganic – Creating a Forest Garden – bring on the biodiversity.

A forest garden is a layered garden that consists of food-producing plants. So the layers of a forest garden include tall and medium trees, support trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, root crops and herbaceous plants. These are all interspersed and depend on each other. They also mutually benefit one another. Another name for a forest garden is a food forest as it is highly productive. The diversity of the plants creates biodiversity, natural compost and mulches, fungi and microorganisms. In conclusion, this looks like a traditional food forest that is simply emulating nature. The natural organic context helps the forest garden find its way and become the strongest it can be with only minor inputs and maintenance.

 

Stages of the farm

1. RESTORATION.

Firstly, restitution of the land. This has been the first stage. Reclaiming the soil and infrastructure for organic life. The rejuvenation is well underway and the farm is much improved.

2. INTEGRATION.

Secondly, integrating everything. Developing methods and systems that help each other and work together to improve diversity, rotation, healthy production. Establishing the aquaponics alongside the soil farm creates scope for this as does the animal farm and insectarium.

3. FOREST GARDEN.

Finally creating forest gardens. While permaculture, natural farming and integrated farming are models we draw from, we see these culminating in a forest garden. Based around fruit trees, the forest garden has abundant variety is partly shade spreading out to sun and creates the strongest biodiversity.
We are underway with this and if it works it will be our model for social development amongst farmers locally and beyond.

Organic Life – stories from the farm

Organic Life – stories from the farm

Organic gardening is not about just substituting toxic chemicals with less toxic ones, but about a whole different way of thinking and working. It is a conscious effort to cooperate with Nature in the creation of health and abundance for all.

Heide Hermary

The Essence of Organic Gardening

“The Five Focus Areas We Aim To Achieve (the 5)”

“The Five Focus Areas We Aim To Achieve (the 5)”

The 5 things we do at 5EyesFarm are all integrated – related – reliant on each other. 1. Organic Farming 2. Green-Ed 3. Sustainable living 4. Good food 5. Community engagement

We are creating models to pass on to help improve resilience, adaptation, future food and the environment.

A learning journey – a special interactive field trip in nature

A learning journey – a special interactive field trip in nature

Posts Stories from the farm - a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarmA Learning Journey is a hands-on way to explore the farm and learn in nature. It is like a total immersion experience in a safe natural environment. We use work...

The Masheer, a beautiful fresh water fish

Tor Soro is the common name for Masheer fish, a fresh water fish prised for their size of up to 2 meters.Mahseer have large, thick scales, powerful jaws, and sometimes very fleshy, lips adapted for taking food from the bottom.

Bee farming in the backyard is fun and good

Bee farming in the backyard is fun and good

Posts Stories from the farm - a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarmKeeping Honey Bee in our Urban backyard This story is about European honey bees in Melbourne, Australia. At 5EyesFarm we have the Asian Honey bee and several species...

So there is such a thing as a stingless bee – great!

So there is such a thing as a stingless bee – great!

Posts Stories from the farm - a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarmStingless bees are wonderful honey makers are especially important for pollinating and having different species means more flower types are looked after. There are...