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Farm Notes: Monday, June 27th, 2016 – Water Day

Well today went off alright. Injuries seem to be healing up.

Seeded and watered Hugel 3.

Seeds Planted: (All from Botanikka)

Mammoth Red Clover
Chamomile (Roman)
St. Johns Wort
Basil (Lemon, Purple Osmin, Dwarf Greek)
Evening Primrose
Lemon Balm

All herbs, no vegtables, except the base pumpkin and cantalope. I wonder if maybe I should have made this one bigger. The 3x3x3 structure was taken from Masanobu Fukuoka. I think that is where I heard that this was the perfect size. It might have been Paul Wheaton.

Seems like the soil surrounding is seriously compacted. The water took forever to soak in. Built a bit of a water catch in order to stop water from running downhill instead of filling the Hugel.

Seeded Hugel 3, but also seeded tree river with pumpkin seeds as well as cantalope. Seeded the shop pond with pumpkin and cantalope as well as the base of Hugel 3.

Took off a few branches from the elm near the shop.

Starting to plan out chicken coop built onto the side of the shop.

Watered All hanging flowers, moved large hanging flower pot to back. Also moved strawberries in back as they were getting eaten by deer.

Grasshoppers are still everywhere, however i felt like there was less today. Might have just been in my head…. Maybe they ate everything they could and left. I want them to leave.

I set up a perching nest for the birds to sit and hopefully catch these little hoppers. I put a bunch of limbs together with a bucket of water underneath for bathing… we’ll see how it works.

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Farm Notes: Sunday, June 26th, 2016 – Reminder to go slow.

Today was not to bad weather wise. The sun was hot, but I was able to find alternate projects in the shade to work on, however still drug myself out into the sun in order to try and finish this hugle mound.


This morning I put up more bamboo stakes for the privacy fence on the ODG.

Watered grow, front two hugle mounds, Lindsays plants and the herbs up front.

Hugle One seemed to be drying out a bit faster than it should be. I deduced that when the neighbors cut down their mulberry tree up front it created a wind tunnel that is sucking the moisture out plants.

Released both water containers for trees on west side of property.

While breaking a branch with my foot and pulling the branch towards me, a previously broken stem on the branch punctured my skin on the leg.  This was my lesson for the day as it turned out that I probably could have used a bit more water to stay hydrated myself  and make better decisions on breaking sticks down.

Used a comfrey poultice and leaf wrap in an attempt to heal faster.


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***More to be added***

How we planted it:

Cut up based on eyes. One eye per cut, however now I have seen and heard others who have said that you should have three so we’ll see how it works out. Check the farm notes for the updates on that.


Good for colds coughs

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The game is afoot!!

Hello World!! Coming to ya straight out of Canyon City, CO. This is the first real post on the Mad Love Farms website and we are excited to have you. We started out and still are a nothing and no how farm… In other words we are no where close to the farm we will become, however you get to watch us grow if you choose to follow us here.

Mad Love Farms is an ever developing farm ran by the Kittel family, primarily at the moment by Shawn Kittel who uses the farm as his own personal meditative therapy. This was the beginning of the Love. Our family culture is one that tries to express Mad Love in all things we attempt, whether success of failure follows.  This is how we approached our farm and will continue to journey down this path keeping the plants in mind while caring for them.

We strive to be a wholly organic farm here. No pesticides, no fumes, no fuels. Most of our fertilizers are derived right here on the farm from plant matter at the moment and possibly animal inputs (chicken, cow, etc.) in the future. Our focus is not in developing great plants, but instead on developing the soil that the plants develop within. Our theory, great soil makes for great plants and great plants will have little to no need for pesticides or any growth enhancements products. High Brix is the term I think.

The thought on pesticides is to provide natural ones such as a birds, snakes, predatory insects and etc..

We figure nature knows what it’s doing here and only look to mimic nature while placing a little human interaction and design into the mix..

Not exactly sure what we are doing yet, but are having fun figuring it out. All things in time.

So that’s us. This is our farm built on Mad Love.