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Earth Repair Corps Permablitz at Multicultural Refugee Coalition’s New Leaf Farm

January 26 @ 9:00 am - January 27 @ 5:00 pm

Earth Repair Corps Permablitz at Multicultural Refugee Coalition’s New Leaf Farm
When: January 26th and 27th, 2019
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
Parking: Parking space is limited, so please carpool if possible. Once you have arrived at the site, watch for signs to indicate where to park.
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!
  • This is a rather remote and rural site, so please come prepared. Here are some logistical considerations.
  • Also please let us know if you are attending, if you haven’t already, on the attached Facebook event page so that we can be prepared for you.

1) The entrance is marked with a small, New Leaf Farm sign along Littig Road. Parking will be “angled parking” along the farm’s entrance and driveway. We will be parking below their main pond, and will then need to walk uphill a couple of hundred yards to the work site. Check-in and registration will be under the pavilion / post and beam shed roof below the main pond.

2) Please bring with you what you might bring to a picnic or day outing, including portable lawn chairs, beverages, snacks, blankets to sit on, EZ ups, and any other accessories for a comfortable day long event outdoors.

3) Other snacks and lunch will be provided for below the main pond under the “pavilion,” but once you’re up at the gardens and orchard, please bring what you might need to be comfortable for a few hours. Drinking water will be provided for at the work site.

4) There is a well designed composting toilet / outhouse available for our use just above the main pond. The nearest convenience store is less than 5 miles away at the intersection of US 290 and County Line Road.

5) The tools we will need include long handled round head shovels for trench digging, bow rakes, post hole diggers, fence tightening tools, a few wheelbarrows for mixing and hauling, a few 5 gallon buckets for mixing and hauling, hand trowels for planting, 50′ garden hoses, and hose bib T’s and valves for watering plants in.

Thanks everyone, it will be great seeing you there!

Best Regards,
Kirby Fry, Earth Repair Corps

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January 26 @ 9:00 am
January 27 @ 5:00 pm
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New Leaf Farm
17312 Littig Road
Elgin, TX 78621 United States
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