Rebecca Clancy and Family
The Clancy family. Who we are.
About a year ago, my four youngest children in tow, I left behind suburban careers as a pastor and an educator to buy a farm and become a Permaculture Farmer. My motivations were many – care for the environment, concern for climate change, desire for clean food, misgivings about large urban “environments.” Armed with a great deal of book learning, but with little dirt under our nails, we set forth. Mother Nature has made fools of us on more than one occasion, but onward we march. We have improved our soil, dug ponds and swales and planted countless perennials: nut trees, fruit trees, berry bushes, fruits, and vegetables.
What’s a Permaculture Farm?
Granted, Permaculture means various things to various practitioners, but generally speaking Permaculture in rooted in an ethic expressed in the slogan, “Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share.” Essentially, this means that you care for the land you are entrusted, you care for the people you are entrusted…and if you do it right, you will have an abundance to share.
How is a Permaculture farm realized?
Permaculture is the conflation of two words: Permanent and Agriculture. Permaculture favors nestling perennial crops within compatible ecosystems. This involves LOTS of design, and LOTS of planting, especially in the beginning. But once established, it is relatively self-perpetuating. Permaculture also favors water harvesting in all shapes and sizes (ponds and swales for instance), biodiversity, and working with, and not against, nature. It is a sustainable way of farming that truly puts the environment first. Come for a visit, and find out more!
What to expect when you visit?
When you come for a visit, you can take a self-guided hiking tour on our trails, and a UTV tour of our permaculture installations. Or just feel free to wander! You can interact with our goat herd, pet Dill the young steer, hold a chicken or two, witness honey bees in action, drink from our fresh, clean, cold artesian springs, purchase farm products like honey, eggs, lavender, watercress, and berries. You can also learn all about Permaculture farming.
We look forward to meeting you during the 2022 Hill & Valley Tour and be sure to check out our Guest Artist: Peter F. Clancy Jr.!