Sunday, February 9, 2014

2014 Florida Earthskills Gathering, Day 4

What I Learned:

Paper mulberry trees can be easily utilized to make strong cordage.

Protecting your assets in a trust fund makes good sense.

Guys and gals who don't shave seem to be cooler than people who do.

There is a real hunger for Florida-specific gardening information.

Oyster mushrooms can colonize mulch piles if you simply bury chunks of them.

Bokashi can be used to rapidly break down humanure.

What I Taught:

Gardening in a grid-down situation.

Composting meat and human "waste" to feed your plants.

Using human-powered tools.

The importance of caring for root systems.

Easy crops for Florida.

And Finally:

If I can make it, I'll definitely go back next year. Emily, Willy and the other organizers are great folks and quite welcoming... it was wonderful to be a part of this event. Lots of learning, friendship and community. Good stuff.


At February 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM , Anonymous Andi | said...

I'm already thinking about classes for next year. There were so many 101-level classes but there were some experienced gardeners and farmers there. There need to be some 201+ level classes, too. Polycultures by region seems like a good one. Strategies for soil mineralization. The fruit tree grafting was a good 201 level class.

One of the big skills missing was blacksmithing. My son does some blacksmithing and we have friends who do it, I'm going to see who I can lure out next year.

At February 11, 2014 at 11:46 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yes - I agree. Blacksmithing would have been excellent.

Another problem was the sheer amount of concurrent classes. I think there were about 20 at the same time... that was nuts.


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