Regenerating the land: Meadows in the Mountains' Food Forest Gardens Project



Hey Meadowers! We've got some exciting news brewing at Meadows in the Mountains, and it's not just about the music! In collaboration with the Samo Terra Foundation and Surplus Permaculture, we've been working hard on a project that brings a whole new meaning to regenerative living: the Food Forest Gardens Project. 

Growing Good Vibes with Hügelkultur

Picture this: Hügelkultur. It's not just a German word; it's a gardening technique that's making waves in our lush mountain haven. Hügelkultur, translating to mound culture or hill culture, involves creating raised beds using decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials. And guess what? We're taking this technique to the next level!

Our latest addition to the Food Forest Gardens Project involves transforming waste streams from MITM '23 (think cardboard and food compost) and prunings from old, diseased trees into Hügelkultur beds. These beds will soon be home to a vibrant array of berries, fruit trees, and medicinal plants that will serve not only our stewards of the land but also you—our cherished guests and festival community.

A Symphony of Sustainability

Why Hügelkultur, you ask? This horticultural technique is not just a fancy term; it's a game-changer for the environment. By improving soil fertility, water retention, and soil warming, these mounds become the perfect haven for plants. The sustainability dance continues as we layer festival waste, cardboard, forest prunings, cow manure, and compost from our shower reactors on these beds. Topped off with a straw crown, these beds will undergo a transformative winter composting journey. 

Planting the Seeds of Change

Our eco-conscious endeavor doesn't stop here. Come spring 2024, we'll be planting new green warriors. It's a cycle of growth, a symphony of regeneration and we're just getting started.

But wait, there's more! The plan is to keep utilizing these waste streams, turning our festival rubbish into a source of abundance and diversity for our mountain. The Food Forest Gardens Project is a testament to our commitment to Mother Earth and creating a space where nature and music harmonize.

So, festival fam, stay tuned! This journey is just beginning, and we can't wait to share the bloom of our labor with you. Let's grow good vibes together, one Hügebed at a time. 🌱✨ 

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