We are currently putting together our schedule for the upcoming year.
Sustainability Workshops at Perry Hill Farm
Renewable and Low Impact Technologies
Non-electric Water Pumping
Learn how to build a ram pump.Ram pump technology uses the energy from
falling water to pump water to a higher elevation.This is a useful technology that we have
employed in remote locations and can be used for offgrid irrigation for remote
and/or small farm/homesteads
earn the basic principles in designing and installing a solar
domestic water heater.Solar thermal is
much more cost effective than solar electric. Nothing beats a solar heated shower!
Due to popular demand, this year we will offer at least two
off-grid PV workshops.Learn the basics
about system sizing, component selection, good construction techniques, system
operation and maintenance of a simple off-grid system
Learn how to reduce your energy consumption.Learn about simple basic improvements that
the average handy person can implement.Each participant will receive and learn how to use an electric meter to
identify and quantify electric users in their home.
Learn basics of building a backyard wood fired oven.Help build a “cob” insulated oven that is
capable of baking at higher temperatures than the oven in your house.Good family project.
Learn how to grow your own mushrooms in your backyard.Each participant will leave with a starter
kit for their own mushrooms and a mushroom guide.
Basic Medicinal Herbs/Plants
Learn which medicinal herbs/plants are easy to grow in your
backyard. Learn the uses of each
plant.Each participant will leave with starter herbs.
Learn to identify edible and medicinal plants that may already be growing in your backyard.Learn their uses and how to best encourage
their growth.Each participant will
leave with a deck of cards plant identification guide.
Raised bed techniques
Learn how to sustainably build your own raised beds for
vegetables, fruits and herbs.Learn how
to use your cardboard,compost and weeds
to enhance your garden beds.
Aerial photo by Hudson Valley Photo All other photos were taken at Perry Hill Farm by Vicki Harkness.