Photos and text by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.
March 29, 2010
The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension organized a drip irrigation “show and tell” at Perry-winkle Farm in northern Chatham County on March 29.
Cathy Jones and Mike Perry operate a diversified farm and raise a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers using sustainable production techniques. They also raise pastured poultry and pigs. You can find Perry-winkle Farm at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market and the Fearrington Farmers’ Market. Visit the Perry-winkle Farm profile on the Growing Small Farms website for more information.
Cathy talked about how they set up their irrigation system from their well. John Soehner from nearby Eco Farm was also on hand to discuss irrigating from ponds, and in the spirit of show and tell, brought his sand filter and pump along to show everyone!
The show and tell started up at the house where Cathy showed all the components
of a drip irrigation system to a crowd of about 60 people.
John Soehner talked about irrigating from surface water, and showed off his sand filter and pump.
Farmer Cathy Jones describes the different zones of Perry-winkle’s drip irrigation system.
Spring crops include garlic, fennel, snapdragons, and sweet William.
The laying hens act as gleaners on harvested crops, foraging happily on cover crops and insects.
The hens are closed inside the “eggmobile” at night to protect them from predators.
Now is the time that fall-planted cover crops like this mixture of rye, hairy vetch,
and crimson clover really put on biomass.