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10069 West Coast Rd, Shirley B.C. Canada

© 2018 by Livin' the Dream Farm. 

We farm with no tractor, and only basic tools.

 

We have permanent raised beds which are built up yearly with organic earth matter

 

No tilling on established beds. This ensures we do not disrupt our precious micro-organisms and soil life

Utilizing insects and companion planting to deter pest infestations.

 

A beautiful permaculture chicken run that encircles our main garden plot is amazing for creating fertility and acting as a pest barrier. 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Permaculture Food Forest

 

 

 

 

IN OUR FOOD FOREST

 

 

1. Large fruit trees

(Apple, cherry, plum, fig, pear, peach)  

 

 

2. Dwarf fruit trees

(prune plums, fig trees)

 

3. Shrub layer

(elderberry, currants, huckleberry, thimble, honey berry , blueberries, goji)

 

4. Herbaceous layer

(Medicinal & Culinary herbs)

Borage, comfrey, lupines, chamomile, yarrow, skullcap etc-- these are all our companion plants which double up as bee-forage plants and poultry forage plants 

 

5. Rhizophere

(root crops)  Yacon, potatoes, Egyptian walking onions, horseradish

 

6. Soil surface:

Mints, clover, lemon balm, catnip 

 

7. Vertical layer (climbers):

Blackberry vines, sweet peas, clematis, hops

 

 

We’re all familiar with the concept of forests —

Lush, abundant expanses of pristine wilderness, teeming with life, a richness of biodiversity and awe-inspiring to behold.

Trees and plants intertwined, filling every possible space, the very well-spring of life itself!

 

Forests exist fine on their own. There’s no mowing, weeding, spraying, or digging

required. No pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides or nasty chemicals.

 

By understanding how forests grow and sustain themselves without human intervention, we can learn from Nature, copy the systems and patterns to model our own forests — ones filled with trees and plants that produce the food we can eat. 

 

We can design and construct the most sustainable food production systems

 possible; perfected, refined and cared for by Mother Nature herself . 

BIODYNAMIC FARMING

 

We are working on creating a farm system that is minimally dependant on imported materials, and instead meets its needs from the living dynamics of the farm itself. 

 

It is the biodiversity of the farm (variety of animals, a variety of plants), organized so that the waste of one part of the farm becomes the energy for another. This results in an increase in the farm’s capacity for self-renewal and ultimately makes the farm sustainable