"Hello, I am not sure if you have read the reply I made to your comment but I wanted to tell you of the book How to grow more vegetable by John Jeavons. It is great especially for annuals. I have read the PDM and the edible food forest…"
"While this post contains many excellent points it reads like a sales pitch for a trademarked system and makes many specific unsubstantiated claims. As Heather says, double digging is not appropriate for older bodies, and I question whether it is the…"
Learn how to propagate woody perennials from hard wood cuttings and layering for your own food forest plantings. Fall is the best time to select cuttings of many different types of shrubs and bushes to root through the winter dormant season. Learn how to strike cuttings from currents, gooseberries, grapes, autumn olive, seabuckthorn, kiwi and more at this time of year. We will also demonstrate layering as a propagation technique, which is typically done for filberts, blueberries and other…See More
Tuesday, January 29th, 7:00 PMAt RE Sources Sustainable Living Center(above the RE Store)2309 Meridian Street, Bellingham (map)$15 suggested donation Direct from Australia - we're very excited to have Tim Winton in Bellingham for this evening…See More
The film "The Global Gardener- Permaculture with Bill Mollison" is an award winning film that showcases the permaculture approach to gardening that can help people turn wastelands into food forests. Bill uses examples from different climates to demonstrate permaculture techniques and one of the climates featured is on the San Juan Islands! A short question and answer period after the movie will provide an opportunity for audience members to share their experiences in implementing permaculture…See More
Hello, I am not sure if you have read the reply I made to your comment but I wanted to tell you of the book How to grow more vegetable by John Jeavons. It is great especially for annuals. I have read the PDM and the edible food forest books from cover to cover along with many other permi books and took a 9 month pdc integrated with naturalism and wilderness survival, I am quiet familiar with the use of creating a succession of plant species to bring soil to health. All of John Jeavons work at EA and the claims they make for their system(which they didn't invent) have had more research and proof of their ability to build soil than any of the perennial and permiculture systems I have studied. I would love to learn more about the research being done on food forest and permiculture systems. permaculturalist are typically quick to call polycultures guilds and we have a lot to learn about this new to us frontier of horticulture. I see the perfect situation being a blend of horticultural practices, bio intensive, food forests, Fukuoka no-til, agroforestry...
Double digging may not be for all those that are older but the man I learned from is in his young 70's and could out dig most youth. if you learn to use tools like one does aikido and not have any self limiting though patterns it makes the work quiet easier, in fact the Irish call their double dug beds lazy bed.
the first eight years of EA 40+ years of research was at a Stanford industrial site that had no top soil left just poor sub soil. In that 8 year period they created two feet of new soil. I have not heard of any perennial system coming close to being this regenerative.
The work at EA is carrying out the legacy of Alan Chadwick, referred by E.F. Schumacher as the greatest horticulturalist ever. Alan could be found double digging while dieing of cancer in his eighties.
the grow biointensive methods are based on all of the best practices in humanities long practice of agriculture. one book that all of us that care about sound agricultural systems is Farmers of Forty Centuries. Ecology Actions work has looked into all methods in their search to grow as much a possible in the smallest area and is primarily focused on the Law of Return. on top of that they look at gardening as code to break like how to create a complete diet in the garden that is the proper amount of weight in food to calorie ratio. their work is brilliant! and in many ways is more permiculture than permiculture.
if we can get our calories, fiber and fuel out of the smallest area possible we can leave more space for the ecological diversity that is getting squeezed off the planet do to development and farming. EA has a library of the research they have been doing for over four decades, it is incredible, based on patterns, and is the most incredible approach I have found in my search for learning how to be an Earth steward.
Hi Janaki. Just a note to mention that the first Wolf Journey class of the academic year is tonight (tues) at 7:00 on the Fairhaven Village Green behind Village Books. I didn't get a chance to post it on the Transitions Site in time, but the topic is Nature Sketching and we will also have a primer on Hide Tanning per request of a student who is attending. If you have any questions, please see http://www.wolfcamp.com/wolfjourney/classbham.html or call me at 425-248-0253. Thanks! Kim and I hope to see you there. - Chris Chisholm
Hi Janaki! I rejoice in having met you 2 years ago at our first annual Seed-Saving swap!
I'm one of your fans & support the vision you have for creating community & a 'free range learning cooperative for kids"! What a great mission!
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