Harmony Gardens

Living in Harmony with Nature and teaching others to garden the natural (organic) way, with emphasis on practices that lead to NUTRIENT DENSE produce!

Harmony Gardens

Harmony Gardens
Bey Home designed by Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. 2002

Welcome To Our Site

Our intent is simple: to provide useful information on gardening, health and sustainability issues. We will include class and meeting announcements, gardening information, and book reviews. The articles that Calvin writes for Garden Thyme, the Master Gardener Newsletter will be included. We will try to make this site easy to use and relevant.

About Me

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
Harmony Gardens is the home of Calvin and Doris Bey. As the name implies our goal is to live in harmony with the Laws of Nature. We are concerned about the environment, energy efficiency, organic gardening, alternative health, and sustainability issues. We love our Stitt Energy Systems Inc. energy efficient home, which received a First Place NAHB National Award for 2003. Calvin is a retired USDA Forest Service scientist. Each year he teaches classes in Organic Gardening in February and March and again in September. Doris is a retired RN. Calvin and Doris have put their energy efficient house up for sale (by owner). See first post for description, pictures, and house design.

May 9, 2017

House/Mini Farm for Sale by Owner


House/Mini Farm For Sale by Owners
Calvin and Doris Bey
8779 W. Forest Hills Dr. Fayetteville, AR 72704
479-527-6951
www.HarmonyGardens.blogspot.com

    
         HOUSE FEATURES:

Area heated and cooled: 2786 sf, including 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, living-dining- kitchen (Great Room, sunny with south view to gardens), large study, hobby room, laundry room, winter clothes storage closet, and large closet in MB that serves as a Built-in Tornado Shelter, FEMA certified. Shelter has separate foundation, double strength walls and ceiling, and metal door
Extensive built-ins through-out. Hardwood and tile floors. Handicap accessible. Three-car garage (816 sf), with cabinets, and entrance to attic for storage.
House designed, energy-planned, and built in 2002 by Stitt Energy Systems,Inc.


 
ENERGY SAVING FEATURES:

Received 2003 National EnergyValue Housing Gold Award for “Custom Homes in the Moderate Climate” category.
Wood-burning, soapstone (8200 pounds) fireplace/oven (Tulikivi), for axillary heating of house in winter.
Insulated foundation, poured concrete using insulated concrete forms.
6-inch thick structural insulated panels.
Ice House Roof ® ventilates roof for 50% savings in summer AC costs.
Solar panel for heating water. 
 

Extensive windows on south exposure for passive winter heat gain, and extended eaves to control summer sun. Vinyl framed double-paned windows with low-E glass and argon gas.
Eight ceiling fans and LED lighting throughout.
Insulated and finished 3-car garage, with shelves, work bench and cabinets.


    YARD AND GARDEN:

1.8 acres, level to gently-sloping land, in city, with city water. Lot backs up to native forest and feels like “country.” No flooding problems.
Large (4,000sf+), productive, organic vegetable garden (with potential to triple size) including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, figs, asparagus, and 10 pecan trees. Excellent, deep, productive, soils.
Many shade trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers. Yard received the 2016 Fayetteville Urban Forestry Landscape Sustainability Award.
Tool storage shed, 8 x 16 feet, plus compost storage facility.

PRICE: $445,000.00 Buyer to pay buyer’s realtor fee, if appropriate. 
 

Master Bedroom
Hobby Room

March 8, 2017

Grow Your Own Vegetables

                               Grow Your Own Vegetables!

                                                                  

Natural (Organic) Gardening Course

Saturday, March 25, 2017   8:30 AM – 5:00  PM                                                    

1021 W. Sycamore,  Fayetteville, AR                                                  

   (at Trinity United Methodist Church, across from Tri-Cycle Farms)                                                                                   

Pre-registration is required.  Class size is limited.  Cost is $75.00 per person, and includes the book, How  to Grow More Vegetables… by John Jeavons, and 60 pages of handout material.  If you have the Jeavons book, deduct $15.00.  For couples, who can share the book and handouts, the cost is $125.00.    Register by sending a check to Calvin Bey, 8779 W. Forest Hills Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72704.  Provide your name, address, telephone number, and email.  Call Calvin at 479-527-6951, or email cfbey1936@cox.net  for more information.  
 
The course includes gardening concepts and practices with emphasis on developing productive soils and growing quality vegetables.  The concepts apply to flowers and yards.   Topics include soils, soil testing, soil biology, selecting the garden site, tools, double-digging, composting, plant spacing, fertilizing, watering, companion planting, mulching, vermiculture, compost tea, green manure crops, nitrogen fixing crops, winter cover crops, winter gardens, pest management, weeds, paramagnetic effects, and organic gardening resources.
 See http://harmonygardens.blogspot.com  There will be a garden tour at later date.   

Who Should Attend:  The course is designed for those with little to much gardening knowledge and experience.   It is highly recommended that you get your AR soil test done before the course, using County Extension Service.  Allow 3 weeks for the test results to be returned.  ASK FOR A NITROGEN TEST.  Call Calvin for specific instructions.  Calvin will assist students with soil test interpretations, and provide help on fertilizer recommendations.  Call if you have questions about the soil testing. 

Instructor:  Dr. Calvin Bey grew up on a farm in Michigan and is a retired USDA  Forest Service scientist, with a deep concern about health and environmental issues.  Over the past 50 years, he has gardened in ten different geographic areas, and has trained under John Jeavons using the Grow Biointensive® approach.  He has studied gardening extensively and has grown more than 40 kinds of vegetables and fruits in his garden in Fayetteville, AR.

Garden 2007

Garden 2007
Heirloom "Country Gentleman" Corn