This weekend I went to Southampton to work with Steve Breyer at Tripple Brook Farm. My classmates Alex, Emerson and Marty came along, and my roommate James also met us there. We all worked in the greenhouse for a bit, did some grafting and helped with the cleanup work (removing the unproductive plants and making room for others just getting started.)
Alex and Marty admiring a cactus plant!
All of us brought home a mulberry root stalk in addition to the plant credit we're all building! It's a great system... Steve is extremely appreciative to have people working for plants rather than cash and he usually has plenty of work to do and plants to barter with. For people into permaculture... what an ingenius way of working in community (helping Steve by doing a work-trade) and taking care of earth by planting perennial polycultures!
Here are some pictures showing what we accomplished!
This is another woman who was working for plant credit at Tripple Brook, Kate.
Starting the grafting, after learning some stone sharpening!
We were grafting 'Szukis' (variety) scions onto the american persimmon rootstocks.
We accomplished quite a bit in the 5+ hours we stayed. I'll begin posting regularly each week (on Monday or Tuesday) stating which organization I'll be volunteering at on which day. I'd love for more of you to join, so please e-mail me if interested in permaculture, perennial plants, natural building, straw bale construction, intentional community living, ecovillages, (keyword plugging!), compost, nuestras raices, sirius community, tripple brook farm!
Enjoy your days,