Off to greener pastures

This month Jonathan, Megan, and Jesse headed off to a farm in Ithaca New York. We already miss them – who is going to help us eat all that fruit? We’re proud and happy to see them take this next big step towards their farm dream.

Jonathan and I worked together to get the garden ready for their departure, including simplifying some beds, moving some big trees around, and dismantling the aquaponics system.

Meanwhile friends, our new neighbor Roxy, and volunteers are keeping are garden looking lovely. We have new chicks, some exciting new spice plants (spicebush, Carolina allspice, sansho pepper, and mioga ginger among others), and are off to a great start.

Paradise Lot evolves, Food Forest Farm is moving
by Jonathan Bates

I’m learning that one of the assurances in life is that impermanence is a part of the natural flow of things. We already miss our close friends the Toensmeiers. The years of home gardening together was life changing and magnificent. We look forward to frequent visits back to Holyoke to be with them and help eat the harvest 🙂 For those customers, acquaintances and readers who are learning of our move for the first time in this blog post, Paradise Lot is evolving, and Food Forest Farm will relocate to NY.

Let me explain… In terms of the plant nursery that was born at Paradise Lot, Food Forest Farm fall plant orders will sill go out starting October 2017. And future plant sales will continue from our new food forest in NY after we transition all plants from our production nursery in Massachusetts.

So, although there are big changes a foot, and Food Forest Farm is starting a new chapter, we are excited about the opportunities and adventures ahead. Food Forest Farm is looking forward to these future potentialities and partnerships: digging deeper into broad-acre silvopasture and agroforestry; soil carbon and climate change solutions; building our network in New York including these awesome folks: shelterbeltfarm.com; edibleacres.orgwellspringforestfarm.comgroundswellcenter.org;
www.rosebarbfarm.com

If you’d like to contact Jonathan and discuss opportunities for building relationships and connections in our New York home we’d love to hear from you! As for visiting Paradise Lot in Holyoke you should attend one of our educational opportunities this summer and fall: Garden Tours, Workshops, and Garden Help Days.

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Eric’s workshop schedule 2014

2014 CALENDAR

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.

 

Perennial Crops and Food Forests

February 8

ECHO, Ft. Meyers FL USA

Featuring hands-on bamboo and biochar opportunities and tours of ECHO’s incredible tropical demonstration farm.

Backyard Bioshelters

November 15 (March 8 sold out)

Holyoke MA USA

 

Local Food Enterprise Summit

A Financial Permaculture Convergence

Earth Learning

March 10-14

Homestead FL USA

 

Permaculture Writers Workshop and Retreat

March 29-30

Holyoke MA

 

Paradise Lot: Perennial Vegetable Spring

April 26

Holyoke MA USA

 

Edible Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry

May 23-28

Au Petit Boisé

Frelighsburg, Quebec CANADA

 

Create Your Paradise Lot

May 16-18

Omega Institute

Rhinebeck NY USA

 

Paradise Lot: Berry Summer

July 12

Holyoke, MA USA

 

Edible Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry

June 27-July 2

Burlington, VT USA

Details TBA

 

Edible Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry

July 28-Aug 3

Woodbine Ecology Center

Sedalia, CO USA

 

Bosque Comestible

September 1-5

Las Canadas

Huatusco, Veracruz MEXICO

This course will be in Spanish

 

Paradise Lot: Fruit and Nut Tasting

October 10-11

Holyoke MA USA

 

Regenerative Enterprise and Commercial Food Forestry

October 20-26

Blue Ridge Permaculture Network

Virginia USA

 

Designing Food Forests

November 7-9

Occidental CA USA

 

Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization Annual Conference

November 18-20

Ft. Meyers, FL USA


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Carbon Farming Conference

February 10-14

New York, USA

Eric is coming to teach near you!

I’m on the road doing a number of workshops this fall. Please come check them out!

Rainwater Harvesting and Edible Forest Gardens

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.

Buffalo gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima) is a native perennial staple crop for cold, dry regions.

Ecological Edible Landscaping

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.

Camassia scillioides, our eastern native staple bulb, at Mt. Cuba
Camassia scillioides, our eastern native staple bulb, at Mt. Cuba

Edible Forest Gardens

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.

 

Planting understory polycultures beneath pawpaws at last year's workshop.
Planting understory polycultures beneath pawpaws at last year’s workshop.

Edible Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry

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.

Yellowhorn (Xanthoceras sorbifolium), a promising protein and oil nut crop for arid cold regions.

Commercial Food Forestry

October 14-18, San Ramon, CA

Commercial food forestry and regenerative enterprise planning. Featuring the fantastic Elizabeth U, author of Finance for Food.

Regenerative enterprise planning is what we need to scale the forest garden up to the commercial food forest.

Food Forest Tasting Workshop

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.

Some of the bounty from last year's fall harvest at Paradise Lot.
Some of the bounty from last year’s fall harvest at Paradise Lot including chinkapin chestnuts, pawpaws, Asian pears, hardy kiwifruit, and American persimmon.

International Permaculture Convergence

November 25-Dec 6, Cuba

I’ll be presenting on perennial staple crops at the International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba.

Breadfruit, one of the finest perennial staple crops for the humid tropics.
Breadfruit, one of the finest perennial staple crops for the humid tropics.

 

Ecological Edible Landscaping Workshop at Paradise Lot: July 13

Come tour the garden where Paradise Lot was written and learn from our successes and mistakes. We’ll cover forest gardening, hardy perennial food plants, edible water gardens, growing tropical crops outdoors in the North, backyard poultry, microlivestock like silkworms, red wigglers and soldier flies, aquaponics, and bioshelter (insulated greenhouse) featuring subtropical fruits and vegetables!

Register here.

Learn how you can turn an ordinary backyard into a foraging paradise!

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New Photos June 2013

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Geraldi dwarf mulberry setting tons of fruit.

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Forest garden understory filling in shady niches with useful species.

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Insectary polyculture – nectary and edible earth chestnut (Bunium bulbocastanum) with nectary green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) groundcover. Also lovely!

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Perennial wild bean climbs native false indigo living trellis.

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Giant Solomon’s seal with edible hostas and currants.

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The “outdoor room”. Everything you see edible or otherwise functional.

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Third try for living trellis for yamberry. This time mimosa after failure with red alder and Siberian pea.

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Hog peanut.

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spring coming alive at Paradise Lot

Here are some recent photos. Spring is finally here!

Our "day" avocado in full flower in the greenhouse.

Our “day” avocado in full flower in the greenhouse.

Jonathan releases aphid-eating ladybugs in the greenhouse.

Jonathan releases aphid-eating ladybugs in the greenhouse.

Phacelia, a beneficial insect-attracting native wildflower for shade, is up and has lovely foliage.

Phacelia, a beneficial insect-attracting native wildflower for shade, is up and has lovely foliage.

Our polyculture of "Hidcote blue" dwarf comfrey and walking onions is spilling out in to the pathway.

Our polyculture of “Hidcote blue” dwarf comfrey and walking onions is spilling out in to the pathway.

Getting ready to plant a huge beautiful root of hops. Note the edible shoots popping out already.

Getting ready to plant a huge beautiful root of hops. Note the edible shoots popping out already.