Espri and Darren began Brambleberry Permaculture Farm in the fall of 2003 on land that Esprí’s parents generously share with us in the beautiful hills of southern Indiana. We started out as primarily Read more...
Espri and Darren began Brambleberry Permaculture Farm in the fall of 2003 on land that Esprí’s parents generously share with us in the beautiful hills of southern Indiana. We started out as primarily a market garden and CSA, producing (non-certified) organic produce using no-till methods, and avoiding petroleum-based machinery such as tractors and tillers, which may compact the garden soil when over-used. While we were supporting ourselves with annual produce production we were also developing a complex food forest of perennial fruit trees and berries, which became the propagation base for our current fruit, nut, and berry nursery. Since building our strawbale house on an adjacent area of the property we have begun developing new permaculture systems around the new house. Our old garden beds have become an opportunity for a farm incubator project, and we are focusing our efforts on permaculture systems around our new house as well as our hand-crafted wooden kitchen utensil business.
Currently we are developing a 3.5 acre pasture by rotating different species of livestock through it to improve the soil with their grazing, manure, and trampling behaviors. In 2010 we planted mixed orchard rows running N-S on 60’ centers within this system to increase the yields of the given acreage once the trees mature. We have grazed cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks and geese in this system, but at the moment we are limiting the grazers to cattle and poultry. We hope to have hogs in the system again by the time the orchard starts bearing, in order to clean up the fruit drops and thus break the pest cycle.
Education and support for homesteaders and market gardeners is a large part of our mission. We do this through affordable consulting services, internships, and tours. Learn more about us at www.brambleberryfarm.org