Trees at The Stone House
Check out the survey of our trees recently done by River Dave Owens. He found over 40 species of trees on the land!
The Stone House garden
Every year we grow a usual assortment of seasonal vegetables this year, feeding the many groups and individuals that visit. Tahz Walker, our land steward, grows something different each year in the garden, and usually has a mixture of some regulars and a few experimental crops. Here’s an example of what we grew in 2011:
REGULARS- Georgia Collards, Lacinato Kale, German Johnson Tomatoes, Sugar SnapPeas, Rainbow Chard, Covington Sweet Potatoes, Chocolate Bell Peppers.
NEW-ARRIVALS- Ohenry White Sweet Potato, Winter Bor Kale, Cherokee Purple Tomatoes, and lots of experimental hot peppers given to me by a farmer in Wake County.
Anyone who’s been here has likely met our chickens, a lovely and friendly collection of Rhode Island Reds (red), Buff Orpingtons (yellow), Barred Rock (black and white) and Australorp (black). We hear it a lot, how incredibly healthy these girls look. The proof is in the eggs…
caring for 70 acres
Land maintenance at The Stone House is held down by Rezell “June” Alston and Tahz Rufus Walker. The land maintenance team does the landscaping on the property, manages upkeep of the trees, and underbrush, as well as supports the maintenance on the roads on the property.
In 2010 and 2011the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke helped Stone House with an extensive Land Management plan for the 70-acre property. Under the guidance of Stone House Board member and professor Rebecca Vidra, the Nicholas School students created maps for a conservation plan for the Stone House, as well as educational materials for the land. There was also research done that helped us think about water management on the property, and funding opportunities for the projects. In addition, North Carolina State University students in Will Hooker’s Landscape Design course have created a series of permaculture-based designs for the orchard and other focus areas on the land.