Time: Arrive at 9:00am, wrap up at 5:00pm, break for lunch at 1:00pm
Where: 17312 Littig Road, Elgin, Texas 78653
Activities: We will be planting trees and perennial plants on conservation terraces
Project Description: Earth Repair Corps is honored to be working with the Multicultural Refugee Coalition and their horticultural operation, New Leaf Agriculture near Elgin, Texas.
The objectives of our upcoming permablitz are to design, create, and maintain a terraced orchard, a broader soil and water conservation program, and to install new and fortify existing deer proof fencing. Our coordinator for this project is Meg Erskine, and our on site counterpart / farm manager is Wandaka Musungira.
New Leaf Farm lies just south and west of Elgin, Texas placing it close to the center of Texas’ blackland prairies. The region’s heavy clay soils typically cultivate cotton, corn, soy bean, sorghum, and cattle. Rather than cultivating cotton, corn, sorghum, and soy, let’s demonstrate how we can cultivate terraced orchards and market gardens instead.
During this permablitz, 4 conservation terraces (each about 300′ long) will be planted with 48 trees, 100 asparagus and 12 blackberry.
My proposed plan to MRC is that the top terrace be planted with 12 mulberry trees and 4 golden ball lead trees (GBLT). Livestock may one day graze in the alleyways between the 4 terraces, and the golden ball lead tree is a good source of fodder for browsing livestock.
The second terrace will be planted with 12 pear trees and 4 GBLT.
The third terrace will be planted with 12 Asian persimmon trees and 4 GBLT.
The fourth terrace is already planted with pomegranate and Mexican mint marigold. However, 100 asparagus crowns will also be added to the fourth terrace.
All 1,200 linear feet of terraces will be put under drip irrigation on manual timers. Each tree will potentially receive 4 gallons per hour of water every other day in the dry times of the year.
Please come and join Earth Repair Corps on January 26th and 27th and help us to create abundance through good design at New Leaf Farm!