Smokey Hollow Farms

Pursuing sustainability and educating others to live in harmony with everything around us!

David Busch, Ph.D.

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Early in January of this year 2013, my husband and I had the pleasure of meeting David Busch, an organic gardener for over three decades. He graciously took us around his beautiful property in the North Georgia mountains. While we meandered through his raised beds you could see all the winter crops still growing and I got to sample some bok choy straight from the garden, yummy. From there we took a peek at his almost complete glass greenhouse which features raised beds for tropical fruit-producing plants. The greenhouse has a 1,000 gallon aquarium from which gravity fed water drains into his beds, watering and fertilizing them all. He has inoculated the locust logs which frame his beds with Chicken of the Woods gourmet mushroom starts. While walking through his 150’ arched grape arbor I could see all his fruit trees as well as dozens of beds of gooseberries, red, black, yellow, and purple raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, loganberries, blueberries, etc. We made our way over to his organically managed bee hives as he talked about the various measures he took to keep the bears and deer out. On to the chickens, rabbits, and then the worm bins. What an incredible place!

David does everything organically and in harmony with nature. This extends into his private practice. He is a child and adolescent psychologist who includes contact with nature as part of his therapy. Here is a PBS documentary featuring David and two other people, “Children and Nature,” (http://www.gpb.org/education/ecosense-episode-2-children-and-nature). David specializes in childhood psychological disorders, especially ADHD.  

David’s hobbies include: Any and all family recreational activities, woodturning, fishing, off-trail wilderness hiking and tracking, organic gardening, and music. He enjoys playing a number of indigenous instruments, especially Native American flute.

Some of the previous presentations David has done include:

“Guided Nature Walk: An Exploration of Medicinal and Edible Plants In Our Own Back Yards,” Presented at Cascade Springs Nature Center, as part of the Bioneers SE Leadership Forum, Atlanta, Georgia, April 11-13, 2008

“Reconnecting Our Urban Communities With Nature,” Served on panel at the Bioneers SE Leadership Forum, Atlanta, Georgia, April 11-13, 2008

“A Sensory Tour of Fernbank Forest,” Presented at the Bioneers SE Leadership Forum, Atlanta, Georgia, October 20-22, 2006

“Beyond Organics: Alternative Agriculture and the Local Food Movement,” Served on panel at the Bioneers SE Leadership Forum, Atlanta, Georgia, October 20-22, 2006

“A Walk In The Woods: Treating Nature-Deficit Disorder in Children,” Presented at the Bioneers SE Forum: Visionary and Practical Solutions for Restoring the Earth, Atlanta, Georgia, October 28-30, 2005