After 35 years of trials and errors in ‘designing’ his own farm, Ken Taylor offers words of encouragement for those wanting to change to the more sustainable practices encompassed in permaculture farming.
When deciding between native and non-native plants, we should be asking “Will this choice of alien species best support the environment?”
In 1997, my partner and I realized a dream and bought an abandoned ranch in the hopes of turning it into a viable organic family farm to supplement our forthcoming retirement incomes.
Most of the year Michael Nickels can be found at Seven Ravens Farm, which he runs with his wife Heidi Cowan and their two children, Abbie (13) and Quinn (2) on Salt Spring Island, BC. But each winter, Michael visits Kenya to supervise and help the tree nurseries and permaculture gardens he has established over the last seventeen years. This article is about the permaculture operation at Seven Ravens Farm, the Salgaa Community Education Project in Kenya, and the farmer who transforms lives and land through his skill with trees.