In this talk, we will present the work of UGA Tifton students whose
task was to implement an edible landscape design for the Future
Farmstead, a net-zero energy residence on campus. Our design intent
was to create a model sustainable landscape that could serve as an
educational and inspirational site for home owners in the area.
The presentation will be divided into three parts:
An overview of their landscape design process.
Ideas for sustainable home landscapes that integrate water,
soil, animal, plant, and human systems.
Planting design recommendations and a selection of plants
suitable for edible home landscapes in south Georgia.
Dr. Stanley Culpepper of UGA Tifton says 52 counties have the mutant pigweed.
He says they’re looking at cover crops and deep turning.
(You may know that as plowing.)
He hastily adds that they’re looking at other herbicides.
But he wraps up by saying we have to look at other methods
than herbicides: tillage and cover crops.
He frames it as diversity and integration.
What it really means is spraying poisons eventually
breeds weeds that refuse to be poisoned.
People, of course,
are not so lucky.
The surprising thing is so few people have heard of Leon Neel.
Here’s a very interesting biography of this very influential
pioneer in southeastern forestry and agriculture, including
many interesting stories of south Georgia and north Florida
life and politics:
The Art of Managing Longleaf:
A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach,
by Leon Neel, with Paul S. Sutter and Albert G. Way.
Leon Neel was a atudent, apprentice, and successor of Herbert Stoddard,
who was originally hired by quail plantation owners around
Thomasville to figure out why their quail populations were
The answer included a need to thin and especially to burn
their longleaf pine tree forests.
Stoddard and Neel studied and practiced for almost a century
between them on how to preserve and increase the amount of standing
timber and species diversity while also selectively harvesting trees
to pay for the whole thing.
Their Stoddard-Neel Approach is written up in textbooks.
In this book we learn how it came about, and how it is basically
different from the clearcut-thin-thin-clearcut “efficient” timbering
cycle that is the current fad among pine tree growers in the southeast.
It starts back in the old days of Leon Neel’s youth when his daddy taught
him to hunt quail:
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