On sale now at the Elk Meadow Farm & Nursery booth at the Moscow Saturday Farmer’s Market. Get yours today!read more
Plant availability list for Elk Meadow Farm & Nursery (Just until we get a website up for that business).read more
Our picturesque, rural, for-profit, diversified small farm/nursery/food forest is a model of all things edible grown and sold locally in our climate in Deary, ID (Currently Zone 6B). We are stewards of the land and forest in unique ways (of course) not yet fully known or understood by our community which includes two nearby land grant universities.read more
Mission for Elk Meadow Farm & Nursery Deary, ID U.S.A Established December 24, 2008, our picturesque, rural, diversified homestead/small farm/nursery/food forest is a model of all things edible grown locally in our climate. We are stewards of the land and forest...read more
Well, it’s been a year since we planted our first crop of fence posts at our new home which we’ve named Elk Meadow Farm & Nursery here in Deary, ID. What a change! We’re pretty proud of what we’ve done in 18 months here with raw property.read more
FAQs about day-long, weekend and week-long courses at Elk Meadow Farm and Nursery including what to bring, what to leave home, children, no pet policy, amenities, where to park, discounts, camping out, cancellations, accommodations, food, smoking, fires, closest airports, and learning more.read more
One of the goals on our farm is to make our area food secure (without providing all the food ourselves!) Every couple of years our farm does what we call a Community Tree Order. We purchase bare-root fruit trees in bulk from a grower and sell them at our cost to interested people in our area.read more
Permaculture Design Exercise: Birds Seen at Elk Meadow Farm in Deary, ID 83823
Black Bird, Red-Winged, Black Bird, Yellow –Headed, Black headed Grosbeak, Bluebirds, Cedar waxwings, lots more. . .
Permaculture Design Exercise: List of Grasses on Elk Meadow Farm in Deary, ID 83823 Common and scientific names.read more
List of Mammals in Deary Idaho 83823. Includes wild and domestic mammals and the fish in our local ponds.read more
List of Trees that Grow in Deary Idaho 83823.read more
When we first moved to our farm in Deary, Idaho Dec. 24, 2008 we were so excited. “What grows here?” we’d ask the farmers and locals. Mostly when we told them what we wanted to plant they said, “Oh, that won’t grow here.” Hmm. Being a bit long in the tooth (stubborn) that didn’t sit so well with me. Now I’m all about making a difference in our world. I figured it would help others if I figured this out, so I ordered a couple thousand dollars worth of seed from about 20 different companies, placed ads for cuttings and plant donations, my clients donated money to the project at various times to purchase ‘mother plants’ and we went to work. Yep, this represents quite a bit of money, love and time. Michael (my husband) and I are not horticulturists. We don’t have a degree in this. We just like to grow things.
We hope you will benefit from our hard work and plant something to make our area ‘food secure’. More. . .
Noxious Weeds in Deary Idaho and What They Tell Us: Artemisia: Indicates soils high in potassium Asters: Indicate alkaline soils, poor humus and poor drainage Bindweed (Convulvulus arvensis): shows up when the soil is worked before it dries out. It is a sign of low humus and moist, poorly-drained soils and more. . .read more
A Permaculture Plant Guild is a useful polyculture combination of functional plants that co-exist and produce synergistically with minimal input. It mimics groups of plants grown in natural ecosystems. When mature it is self-mulching, self-fertilizing, free of pests yet full of pollinators and it will produce more in this one little area than any individual monocrop. Remember the Permaculture principles. . .care of the earth, care of the self, share the rest. One classic example of a guild is The Three Sisters (Corn, Beans, Squash) but often the Indians would add in a forth sister, Cleome (a nitrogen fixer). more . . .read more
Ask Dr. Moffat: Question: How on earth do you keep your walk ways so clear of weeds… Please help me! Answer: Well, this is not exactly a health question, but we get this question about weeds rather frequently from my clients who know that we try to grow most of our...read more
What’s New on the Website? My Permaculture Design Exercise pages I just posted many of my Permaculture Design Exercise documents onto the Elk Meadow Farm section of the website (a 2-winter project finally completed). I know it seems like there are a lot of gardening...read more
A cob oven is affordable, fireproof, inexpensive, beautiful and sustainable. You can build them yourself, incorporating unlimited creative hand-formed durable shapes. A popular backyard project made of earthen clay, sand and straw, these ovens can be built in a day or two. They burn scrap wood and can bake all day starting with pizza then moving to bread, roasts, stews and ending up with drying fruits/veggies and herbs or making a batch of yogurt. Erica says they make heavenly scones as well! We’re looking forward to trying that. This workshop course for our double camber cob oven will cover: •A lecture/demonstration on Fire Science
•Planning the cob oven •Designing the cob oven Constructing and installing a double chamber cob oven (the base will be in place before the workshop) •Building a sand mold for the double chamber cob oven
•Mixing and testing cob (monolithic adobe) and earthen plaster •Applying three layers of cob onto the sand mold