Big Small Farm, Central Florida
The 387-acre Big Small farm is envisioned as an incubator farm for farmer training, innovative agricultural practices, and farm and food education in Central Florida. Design plans were developed during 2013-2014 in a series of advanced permaculture design workshops lead by Regenerative Design Group principal Jono Neiger.
The diverse conditions of the property are ideal for supporting multiple agricultural operations such as intensive row cropping, agroforestry and tree crops, aquaculture, and rotational grazing of livestock for dairy and beyond. Detailed management plans for sensitive habitat areas will help to improve their ecological health and yield non-timber forest products.
The master plan for this farm includes innovative agriculture strategies such as alley cropping. Alley cropping is an agroforestry practice where crops are grown in the “alleyways” between widely spaced rows of woody perennial fruit or timber species. By combining annual and perennial crops that yield multiple products and profits at different times, a farmer can use available space, time, and resources more effectively. Plantings to enhance wildlife and pollinator habitat can also be integrated into the rows and “alleyways”.