Food Forest Farm has a new web site, you can find amazing learning opportunities, educational events and products for sale!
Hi everybody. Mostly I’ll be writing my next book in 2014, but I will be going on the road to give some presentations and also inviting all of you to my home for some tours to sample the fruits of each season. Please contact the organizers for more information.
ECHO, Ft. Meyers FL USA
Featuring hands-on bamboo and biochar opportunities and tours of ECHO’s incredible tropical demonstration farm.
November 15 (March 8 sold out)
Holyoke MA USA
A Financial Permaculture Convergence
Homestead FL USA
Holyoke MA USA
Au Petit Boisé
Frelighsburg, Quebec CANADA
Rhinebeck NY USA
Holyoke, MA USA
Edible Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry
June 27-July 2
Burlington, VT USA
July 28-Aug 3
Woodbine Ecology Center
Sedalia, CO USA
Huatusco, Veracruz MEXICO
This course will be in Spanish
Holyoke MA USA
Blue Ridge Permaculture Network
Occidental CA USA
Ft. Meyers, FL USA
New York, USA
Booklist is: “More than 130,000 book reviews for librarians, book groups, and book lovers—from the trusted experts at the American Library Association”
Paradise Lot was rated as a Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Book of 2013
Here is the wonderful review of our book from booklist:
“With their shared passion for plants and a commitment to creating as self-sustaining a garden as possible on a minuscule lot in a small New England city cursed with a terrible climate and even worse soil, Toensmeier and Bates set about converting their urban backyard into a permaculture paradise. Informed by his work on a seminal, two-volume encyclopedia devoted to the concept of forest gardening, Toensmeier transformed the infertile and debris-laden property behind the duplex he shared with Bates into a natural ecosystem teeming with edible plants. As the authors’ postage-stamp-size front yard morphed into a lush, tropical showcase that astounded their Massachusetts community, the backyard incorporated all the components necessary to produce fresh fruits and vegetables year-round using cold-hardy, mostly native plants that would ideally require a minimum amount of work for a maximum output. As a memoir of a purposeful life, Toensmeier’s work is engaging, honest, and natural. As a directive to other gardeners eager to establish natural ecosystems in unlikely settings, his work is instructive, illuminating, and inspirational.”
— Carol Haggas
It’s not quite winter yet, officially. But it sure feels like it this time of year. And the neighborhood holiday lights are out, so for the purpose of this article its winter time : )
We just picked the last of the american persimmons and hardy kiwi fruit. Now we are harvesting our first crop of tree collard greens from the bioshelter. There will be greens through the winter, and into next spring, in the bioshelter.
The nursery plants protected from the cold, bird netting stored for winter, chicken coop manure put into compost piles, irrigation drained and turned off, and tools put away.
An opportune time for rest and planning for next year. Enjoying the warm sunny days in the bioshelter. A little writing to pass the time. Appreciating the holidays with family and friends.
Enjoy your winter rest. If you are reading this south of the equator, enjoy spring!
Although I would rather encourage people to buy our book directly from either myself, Jonathan Bates, or from the primary author, Eric Toensmeier. And if not there, directly from the publisher Chelsea Green. It is worth noting that on Amazon.com, Paradise Lot is the 47th best selling book in the “Home & Garden” category for 2013!
Some articles to read if you are interested in understanding why buying from us is better then buy from them:
Hey you all. Sorry it has been so long since I last posted anything to the blog. It’s been a very busy summer. The days are getting shorter and the plants are going to sleep. The greenhouse still thinks it is summer though! Some of what has been keeping me busy is the amount of interest we have been having with our garden and greenhouse. One visitor recently topped them all…Read more here.
I’m on the road doing a number of workshops this fall. Please come check them out!
August 23-28, Sedalia, CO
Hosted by Woodbine Ecology Center, a two-part series: first rainwater harvesting and greywater utilization with Brad Lancaster, followed by a forest gardens weekend intro with five-day advanced design option.
September 12, Hockessin, DE
An evening bringing together the best of native plant gardening and permaculture, hosted by the Mt. Cuba Center, home of one of the finest collections of eastern native plants I’ve ever seen.
September 13-15, near Philadelphia, PA
A weekend forest garden design workshop hosted by Green Light Plants, a great nursery featuring useful eastern native plants and other permaculture specialties. We’ll check in on Dale Hendricks’ mature pawpaw trees, incredible groundnut collection, and interesting polycultures.
October 4-5, Reno NV
Cold and dry climates are among the most challenging for agriculture. This workshop will include tours of some very interesting successful food forests in the Reno area.
October 14-18, San Ramon, CA
Commercial food forestry and regenerative enterprise planning. Featuring the fantastic Elizabeth U, author of Finance for Food.
October 18-19, Holyoke, MA
Come tour our Paradise Lot garden and Tripple Brook Farm, and taste forest garden delights like pawpaw, hardy kiwifruit, chestnut, butternut, and more. This is also part of the highly recommended FEAST permaculture design course.
November 25-Dec 6, Cuba
I’ll be presenting on perennial staple crops at the International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba.