diversity, Stability, Resilience

Permaculture

The farm embraces and cultivates Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share, the ethics of Permaculture.

Conscious Design

Permaculture is the conscious design of ‘cultivated’ ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity and aesthetic beauty. See this article for more info about permaculture.

Vibrant experiences

The 6 acre farm provides a range of educational experiences for the community. The farm has vegetable gardens, perennial fruit and nut trees, hugelkultur, swales, composting, natural buildings made with clay and straw, a yurt, and more. Rabbits, chickens, ducks, sheep, cats & dogs, serve multiple functions including education, adding fertility to the land, creating valuable products like eggs, wool and meat, and providing companionship to community members.

Social Permaculture

Agricultural elements employ permaculture in the traditional sense while the community events, educational workshops and summer camps serve as a form of social permaculture. They provide opportunities for participants to develop skills and interact with each other, creating bonds that contribute to community resilience. The farm itself serves as an anchor and point of connection for the other initiatives, such as the Internship Program, and Northeast Ohio Earth restoration which will extend outward into the broader community by preparing participants to undertake regenerative agriculture and Earth repair projects across northeast Ohio.

How we apply permaculture principles

Catch and store free energy

Principles like “catch and store free energy (or resources)”, prompted us to respond to the Rustbelt Riders’ call to receive the produce waste they were collecting from the newly opened Heinen’s store in Chagrin Falls. That resource along with wood chip waste from a local tree service are mixed to make compost for our gardens and to share with the community.

Integrate rather than segregate

The principle, integrate rather than segregate, is used by the self-directed learning program founded at KWWF and now known as the Chagrin Valley Learning Collective. The CVLC does not segregate its participants by age as is done by most educational programs. Instead, participants are free to interact across the age spectrum, allowing for a rich sharing of knowledge and skills.

use and value diversity

Our forest garden contains a huge variety of plants, many food producing, others attract pollinators or repel potential pests, still others build soil by providing organic matter to be “chopped and dropped” in place as mulch. This follows the principle “use and value diversity” to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

creatively USE / respond to change

By “creatively using and responding to change” we have been able to take the challenges of the past couple of years, and use them as an opportunity to develop our vision and embark on this new venture, More Than a Farm. Join us!

"“Permaculture land-use ethics invite us to protect intact ecosystems where they remain and, where ecosystems have been destroyed, to help restore them. Permaculture design also suggests that we take care of earth while taking care of people.”

― Juliana Birnbaum Fox, Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide