With Eric Toensmeier, Jonathan Bates and Steve Breyer
October 19-20, 2012, Holyoke & Southampton, Massachusetts USA
The best way to learn about food forests is by eating your way through mature examples during peak fruit and nut season. Details can come later. Come eat delights like persimmon, paw paw, Asian pear, hardy kiwifruit, raspberry, fall strawberries, cucumber berry, chestnut, butternut, hardy almond, Korean pine nut, and so much more.
Edible forest gardens mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems while producing food and other products, with an emphasis on low-maintenance perennial crops. Design and plant selection help provide fertility, control of weeds and pests, and more. Come for an introduction to this fascinating and delicious approach to food production.
- Sample the season’s harvest of chestnuts, walnuts, hazels, kiwis, persimmons, paw paws and more.
- Tour the garden used as the case study in Edible Forest Gardens Volume II with its designer-managers.
- Visit Tripple Brook Farm, with over 600 low-maintenance fruits, nuts, bamboos, edible ground covers, and hundreds of useful species from around the world and our own Northeast USA bio region. Their food forest is almost thirty years old.
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Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Perennial Vegetables and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. He has studied permaculture and useful plants for over twenty years.
Jonathan Bates, founder of Food Forest Farm and www.permaculturenursery.com, co-designed and co-manages the Holyoke Edible Forest Garden with Eric Toensmeier. This example of an intensively managed forest garden has inspired hundreds of visitors.
Tripple Brook Farm has one of the nation’s finest collections of useful plants, with over 1,200 species on site. Founder Steve Breyer
has decades of experience growing low-maintenance perennial food crops.