Join in another Westerling "getting to know our neighbors" homestead tour. These are casual occasions to walk a piece of land, discuss plants, plans and projects, and then gather for a potluck meal and more discussion.
We'll be touring part of a 128 acre property. Louise shares her land with her son and fiancee, so we'll have an opportunity to see cattle, goats, chickens, greenhouses, small scale grain production (summer wheat, winter wheat, and barley were just harvested and await threshing, plus spelt, winter rye, triticale, emmer, and oats, plus fiber flax), and a number of gardens, grape vines, hops and Duborskian rice.
In Louise's words:
"I started reading about permaculture in about 2000. I remember buying my first books on the subject at the Common Ground Fair. Some points seemed intuitively obvious, others not so much. Now the concepts and practices are slowly building into the ecosystem. The learning process itself seems organic, growing at its own pace.
In the present incarnation, the farm is an earnest effort, not so much to ‘make the land produce’ (you can’t *make* land do anything, what occurs is interactive persuasion), but rather to see (as John Bunker put it at his recent tour) ‘what has been- what was given- and-what can be- what we can do’. When he said that I had a wave of understanding that this is the cycle of energy for farm development; reflection followed by renewed action.
I hope to have some flatbread dough prepared, toppings available and the outdoor oven
fired up so we can roll out some major food."
5pm - gather, tour and talk
6:30pm-ish - potluck and more talk. Please bring a dish to share and your potluck kit - plate, bowl, cup, utensils, napkin.
If you get lost or need to contact Louise with a question, please call[masked]-6543. We look forward to seeing you!