Casitas Valley Farm

Southern California, USA

Introducing bees for pollination
Introducing bees for pollination
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Overseeing water well installation
Overseeing water well installation
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Native and pollinator plants for
Native and pollinator plants for

Integrated Pest Management and bee forage

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Cover cropping with new apple trees
Cover cropping with new apple trees
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Home kitchen garden design & install
Home kitchen garden design & install
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Heritage pig breeds feed on
Heritage pig breeds feed on

whey and brewery mash

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Using Canna as living fences
Using Canna as living fences

to hold soil in avocado orchard

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Solar panel installation
Solar panel installation
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Earthworks agroforestry system
Earthworks agroforestry system
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Earthworks filled with rain just
Earthworks filled with rain just

after installing

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Earthworks filled with rain just
Earthworks filled with rain just

after install

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Interplanting avocados with nitrogen
Interplanting avocados with nitrogen

fixing shrubs

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Interplanting stumped avocados with
Interplanting stumped avocados with

summer squash

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Diversification with Tequila Agave
Diversification with Tequila Agave
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Using Opuntia cactus as erosion
Using Opuntia cactus as erosion

control

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CVF8.JPG
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Challenge:

Convert a Commercial Organic Orchard to Diversified Permaculture Farm

 

Solutions:

PDI team members assisted with the design and implementation of diversified systems on an existing organic farm selling avocados, persimmons, and apples. Soils were treated with microbiological inoculants from compost teas to restore soil health.  Overall plant diversity was increased with cover cropping, pollinator plants, and erosion control plantings.  An existing creamery and farm stand were reopened, and small livestock (hogs) were brought in. 

 

Project Lead:

Loren Luyendyk