We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. -Dakota Proverb
A permaculture farm on land untouched by chemical fertilizers for over two decades, Ponyland Farm specializes in heirloom variety garlic. The garlic-growing beds are prepared by enriching the soil with green manure crops prior to planting and are not planted with garlic the following season but rather with nitrogen-fixing crops such as peas, to feed and rejuvenate the soil, as well as prevent plant diseases.
Coming soon: free range chicken eggs, Nigerian Dwarf goat kids and goat milk products, miniature donkeys, and Maremma livestock guardian dogs. Also pending: fruit and fruit products (apple, plum, and cherry) from our fruit tree orchard of indigenous and heirloom trees planted in our tree nursery.
Kari King is farming the acreage at 28 Johnson Road in Pony, Montana, at the foot of the Tobacco Root Mountains with permaculture methods, which put more ingredients into the land than they take out without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
She uses many found and recycled objects for the structures, heirloom seeds, and local natural fertilizers and soil enrichments.
The twelve permaculture principles:
1. Observe & interact
2. Catch & store energy
3. Obtain a yield
4. Apply self-regulation & accept feedback
5. Use & value renewable resources & services
6. Produce no waste
7. Design from patterns to details
8. Integrate rather than segregate
9. Use small & slow solutions
10. Use & value diversity
11. Use edges & value the marginal
12. Creatively use & respond to change