Beekeeping 101

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Join Yard to Market Co-op at TreeHouse for an introduction to Beekeeping. We will learn the biology, behavior and domestication of the European Honey Bee. We will look at Langstroth hives as well as Top Bar hives and learn all the essential gear you need to get you going on the journey of beekeeping.
Our instructor John J. Swan owns Wicked Bee Removal as well as maintaining his own apiary and producing organic honey for local retailers. He is president of the Travis County Beekeepers association and is an advanced member of the Texas Master Beekeepers Program.

Fruit Tree Planting, Pruning and Care

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Join Yard to Market Co-op as we welcome fruit tree guru Zach Halfin to teach us all about these edible gems of the landscape. He will cover best planting techniques, including site selection and variety selection. He will also cover the pruning of trees for optimal production and some pest control techniques as well.

Permablitz at Scissortail Microfarms

Sat, 04/16/2016 - 9:00am to Sun, 04/17/2016 - 5:00pm

Join us at Scissortail Microfarmsin creating explosive abundance with a weekend permablitz! This site had its original Permablitz done 3 years ago, so you can see how things are doing and learn from the owners' mistakes and successes.

• Come for as little or as long as long as you'd like for the event.

* The Permablitz will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Watch for updates in the case of severe weather (but we are pretty tough!)

• Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. Dinner will be provided for campers.

Mother Earth News Fair

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

150 Workshops with some really big names.  Joel Salatin, Eliot Coleman author of The New Organic Grower and much more.  Fun-filled, Hands-on Sustainable Lifestyle Events.  Check this one out.


Permablitz at Funny Farm

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sun, 03/15/2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm



At this Permablitz we will be working primarily in zones 1 and 2 on this 5.6 acre property.

Weekly Workdays at the Whole Life Learning Center

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 11/07/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 11/28/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Forage Legumes for Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Overton

Proceedings: Adjusting to High Fuel and Fertilizer Prices 

Research Center Technical Report No. 2008-01 - Forage Legumes for Texas (PDF)


Gives an overview of forage legume species, which are divided into annuals, perennials and biennials, and each of these categories is further divided into cool- and warm-season forages. 


Dynamic Accumulators of Nutrients for Composting - Oregon Biodynamic Group

This is an online table of Dynamic Accumulators of Nutrients for Composting published by the 

Oregon Biodynamic Group

. The chart provides the Common Name, Botanical Name and the elements Na, I, Fl, B, Si, S, N, Mg, Ca, K, P, Mn, Fe, Cu, and CO. You may download a printable version.


If you go to the Appendices page, you'l find links to pages on

Coyote Creek Permablitz

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sun, 09/14/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

It's getting to be that time of the year again when the permablitzes (our perennial food garden installations) begin. I'm really excited about our first blitz of the season being at Coyote Creek Farm where I have had the honor of helping to build two of the barns that house the hammer mill and pellet mil, a cow barn, and a couple of the houses used by staff.

This permablitz is also going to be our largest permablitz to date with the earthworks being done by Ken Tuck and his equipment operators Joe and Jessy. The equipment is scheduled to arrive next week at the farm.


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