Agriculture & Farming, Design, Regenerative Supply

Permaculture for Farmers: Crops, Patterns, Polycultures

Every time Benneth Phelps (Mosaic Farm) and I (Ethan Roland) prepare to give this talk (this time at the 2010 Northeastern Organic Farm Association Summer Conference) we end up tearing it apart and redesigning it completely. Here’s a sample polyculture from the talk:

This time, Benneth drew on her recent experience creating a complete business plan for her venture Mosaic Farm in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachussets. We articulated a new design permaculture process for farmers, who need to focus on specific marketable crops along with the larger landscape patterns necessary to support and maintain them. For a summary of our new design process,, Here is the process, with guiding principles in green:

Crop Design Process

At Terra Genesis International, one of our goals is to support local and regional farmers towards economic prosperity and ecological sustainability. Below is the slideshow that Benneth and I presented this weekend. To download the handout from our talk, scroll down the blog until you get to “Permaculture for Farmers & Ecosystem Investing” and click on the image. If you’re looking for the mother-load of Enterprise Budgets we mentioned, you’ll find the link in the blog post on Holistic Management and Financial Planning. Are you growing any of these crops? Do you think the polycultures we presented will work on your farm? Do you have another idea we should consider? Let us know in the comments!