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Cumings Conservation Center Permaculture Teaching Garden

The Cumings Conservation Center Permaculture Teaching garden is designed to provide a hands on experience for community members wishing to improve their knowledge and abilities with home gardening, small scale food production, and permaculture. Our garden consists of half a dozen fruit trees (peach, apple, and pear), two large organic raised plots, grape vines, two dozen chickens, and a barnyard full of compost producing goats, alpacas, sheep, and donkeys. We utilize methods of both permaculture and organic farming. We supplement our soil only with materials harvested here on our farm. Wherever possible, we repurpse farm materials to support the needs of our garden rather than buying commercial products. For example, extra chicken wire from our coop supports our tomato vines, and twine from hay bales is used to secure growing stalks requiring extra support.  We actively compost both manure from our animals as well as green and brown matter from the property. Our teaching garden provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to get involved; from our summer campers who help care for the garden, youth volunteers at our center, and visitors of all ages who come to our center to learn about conservation and getting in touch with the natural world surrounding us. This summer, we will be building an outdoor classroom, providing permaculture workshops, offering guided foraging walks, and teaching classes in herbalism, as well as even more opportunities for the public to get their hands dirty and get involved. We are entering our third year as a nonprofit, and we look ahead with optimism and excitement at all our garden has to offer. 

Where it's at:

126 South Road
Deerfield, NH 03037
United States

Garden type:

demonstration/education garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

families and children

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What this project needs:

fruit bushes
fruit trees
outdoor oven

Project leaders:

April Purinton
Jean Cumings

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606