Courses/Workshops

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


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 and managers of the garden that inspired the book Paradise Lot. We will tour the garden and sample the crops that are in season. You’ll taste the early perennial vegetables like seakale, turkish rocket, wild leek, toothwort, hablitzia and many more!

Expect to come away with an understanding of what inspired the garden, how it was designed, the opportunities and challenges along the way, and our vision for the future. We will touch on other garden elements including the bioshelter greenhouse, ecological tool shed, tropical garden, edible water garden, and our microlivestock: chickens, compost worms, soldier flies, silk caterpillars, fish.

Take what you learn at the workshop and apply it to your own landscape and garden! Register soon as space is filling up fast.


Jonathan Bates with spring perennial broccolis and asparagus


Sea kale (Crambe maritima) is our favorite perennial broccoli


Toothworth (Dentaria diphylla) is our native wasabi for shade

Eric Toensmeier

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, a Senior Biosequestration Fellow with Project Drawdown, and an international trainer. Eric presents in English, Spanish, and botanical Latin throughout the Americas and beyond. He has studied useful perennial plants and their roles in agroforestry systems for over two decades. Eric has owned a seed company, managed an urban farm that leased parcels to Hispanic and refugee growers, and provided planning and business trainings to farmers. He is the author of The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agricultural Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security released in February 2016.

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