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  • By Koreen,

    We're midst our busy harvest seasons, gathering and processing a variety of herbs from the farm before our first freeze of the year. Moringa, lemongrass, mulberry leaf, tulsi basil, wild medicinals and more are being harvested. We have been averaging first freezes in November the last few years even though first frost date for our region is December 15. 

    We're grateful for the extended warm season with no frost in sight yet this year. Butterflies, bees and other pollinators are taking advantage! Blooming prolifically on the farm right now are a late flush of everbearing mulberry, tithonia (our Mexican sunflowers are loaded), cranberry hibiscus, sweet acacia, tropical and blue sages, cosmos,  sweet potato, pentas, dagga, citrus, Turk's cap, asters, liatris and other wildflowers, and winter flowers such as Johnny Jump ups, snapdragon, buckwheat, and soon, the nasturtiums we recently planted. Our rain lilies made a wild appearance and burst out for a day, even though there was no rain for days, before or after. 

    We're documenting insects on the farm his year and are overwhelmed at the variety of spiders, pollinators, stink bugs, scarab beetles and other bugs, grasshoppers, and other creatures of the microworld that we've been spotting. The diversity and numbers of native pollinators especially lets us know we are doing some things right! 

    Our winter crops in the kale family are thriving along with onions, parsley, cilantro, dill, peppers, tomatoes, and more. 

    Our chickens, some of whom are molting and looking fashionably bedraggled, are going crazy over our protein-rich kenaf, which is dying back for the season, and Asian winter greens which are just getting going. 

    Bird life is at a peak right now with flocks of migrating birds benefiting from the copious wild grass and wildflower seeds and insect life available, and native birds getting their fill too. 

    Our seminole pumpkin vines made a glorious comeback and are again fruiting from new nodes. Food we're harvesting includes cassava, mulberry, some citrus, winter greens, green onions that grew through summer, banana, papaya, fig. Next year will add quite a few fruit and veggie varieties to that list that should provide year around abundance. 

  • We have a beautiful permaculture farm sprinkled with native oak and pines in West Central Florida six miles from a major wilderness area on the Gulf of Mexico.

    We are offering apprenticeships to hard working and focused individuals who desire to learn a number of skill sets on a new, working farm. You will have an opportunity to participate in planning, installation and building of systems as well as maintaining and running them. This is a great opportunity for people who plan to start their own small farm and want to learn the ins and outs of moving smoothly from a start up to a resilient, regenerative and economically viable operating farm, or people who just want to see and get some hands on experience with a number of different permaculture systems in one location.