Agroforestry Support Species for Cold Climates

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A silk tree in my garden, serving as living trellis to arctic kiwifruit; also shade provider for shade crops including currant, mayapple, fuki, and edible hosta. Also fixes nitrogen. Rafter Ferguson’s recent excellent article “Permaculture for Agroecology” (PDF) challenges the permaculture movement to read up on what’s happening in related fields like agroecology and agroforestry…. Read more »

Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry Workshop with Eric Toensmeier (Vermont, June/July, 2014)

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Butternut, hazel, sunchoke and elderberry: nuts, fruits, tubers, and beneficial insects! What: Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry Workshop Where: Huntington, VT, USA Want to learn about edible forest gardens, agroforestry, and commercial food forest business development for cold, humid climates? This is the workshop for you! Choose from an introductory weekend and an advanced… Read more »

Spring: Season of Perennial Vegetables in the Cold-Climate Garden (MA, USA)

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Excerpted from Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier with contributions from Jonathan Bates. Bates and Toensmeier will be hosting a perennial vegetable tasting and edible landscaping workshop at their garden in Holyoke, MA, USA this April 26, 2014. Jonathan Bates with spring perennial vegetables From the beginning of my interest in plants for permaculture and edible… Read more »

Hardy Gingers for the Food Forest Understory

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa) can handle 5°F/-15°C. The rhizomes make a great tea and are wonderful shredded into stir-frys or cooked with rice. When I visit tropical and subtropical forest gardens I often see ginger, turmeric, galangal, and cardamom in the understory, beneath and between the fruit trees. In fact, according to P.K. Nair’s fantastic Tropical… Read more »

Create Your Own Paradise Lot: Food Tasting and Workshop (April 26, 2014, Massachusetts, USA)

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Fuki (petasites japonicus giganteus) has great edible leafstalks and enjoys wet shade What: Food tasting and workshop When: April 26, 2014, 10am to 4pm Where: Holyoke, MA, USA Instructors: Jonathan Bates & Eric Toensmeier Cost per person: US$120 (does not include meals or accommodations) Spend a day with Jonathan Bates and Eric Toensmeier, the co-designers… Read more »

A Financial Permaculture Convergence – 2014 Local Food Enterprise Summit (March 10-14, 2014, Miami, Florida, USA)

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Join economic and financial experts, permaculture designers, and sustainability entrepreneurs in designing regenerative business models that work for community resiliency! We will address economic and ecological challenges of the 21st century as we design forward-looking businesses that optimize the local natural systems and human capacities to implement models of regenerative business and local resiliency. Dates:… Read more »

Small Scale Nursery Applications: Reflections from Loping Coyote Farms Nursery (NV, USA)

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by Neil Bertrando , Eric Toensmeier Plant materials are a critical component of any homestead or agroecology site, and by using the permaculture design concept, we can figure out many yields to pattern into our management activities. I want to explore some opportunities presented by integrating a small scale nursery into the process of site… Read more »