THE ROSE COLORED FOREST
A Sustainable Way of Living
Welcome to The Rose Colored Forest. We are a community oriented farm, welcoming Wwoofers and voluteers to come and learn. Our aim is to live sustainably, creating as small a footprint on this Earth as possible.
Being in Texas, this is a real challenge. Climate change has hit us hard, our average rain fall for the last four years has been about half of the norm for the previous fifteen years. Making life especially hard is that the tropical storms that bring us moisture in the hot summer months have disapeared. These factors are causing us to change the way we do most things here on the farm.
We are redesigning for an arid climate farm, but keeping in mind that tropical storms will probably return and we don't want to drown any plants or animals.
We are looking at growing far more perenial plants, about forty to sixty percent in the future. We are working to grow more of the feed for our animals, and types of feed that will survive the current drought conditions. This means a lot of research to do, so not much will happen for a while.
What is happening, is the fencing is being finished. The water lines are being run to the very back and water catchments are being designed. A new gray/black water treatment system is being created, using a constructed wetland. These projects will keep us busy for a while, and we will use the rainy days of winter to do the research.
A blog page is being added, so you can follow along our journey. It is the goal to write everyday, about different aspects of the farm. Part of it will be how our diet changes as we eat from the gardens in season. Part will be about the research and projects we are doing. Watch for the start of this new feature the beginning of January 2012.