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Mid-Atlantic Native Food Forest Polyculture for Rain Gardens & Wet Sites

Posted on Jun 9 by

On June 6, 2015 at Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery, I taught a workshop on Creating Native Food Forests. We discussed our woodland biome & the cycle of ecological succession, contrasted the outputs of wilderness with conventional agriculture, and detailed some possible direct and indirect uses of edible forest gardens. We then looked at some agroforestry case studies, like Mark Shepard’s 100+ acre New Forest Farm, Fields without Fences in Frenchtown, NJ, Eric Toensmeir & Jonathan Bates’ 1/10 acre Paradise Lot, and Steven Gabriel’s ‘De-slugging the Woods‘ maple-mushroom-duck polyculture. It seems that everyone has a downspout or some greywater that could be redirected into a rain garden, so I pulled a selection of Edge of the Woods plants favoring moist to wet soil conditions. I wanted to highlight how these native species could produce nuts, fruit, berries, vegetables, tea, and medicine, as well as ecosystem services like nitrogen fixation, pollinator habitat, stormwater management, and watershed quality improvement. Species List (roughly from largest to smallest mature size) 1. Pecan / Carya illinoinensis / 70-100′, delicious nuts, high value timber 2. Pawpaw / Asimina...


#SavetheBees: ‘Queen of the Sun’ screening & pollinator panel discussion, Doylestown, PA

Posted on Jun 9 by

Along with local beekeepers, permaculture designer Kristen Jas Vietty will participate in a post-film panel discussion, delivering some tips for creating and maintaining habitat for our hardworking pollinators. Thursday, June 11, 2015 Doors 6:30p, screening 7p The County Theater, 20 East State Street, Doylestown, PA Farm Fresh Film Series, sponsored by Doylestown Food Coop & Bucks County Foodshed Alliance Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (1h 23m) Post-film panel discussion with Joe Ridgeway (President, Bucks County Beekeepers Association), Chuck Pressler (owner, Bucks County Apiaries), Courtney Scott (Delaware Valley College Apiary Society), & Kristen Jas Vietty (Permaculture designer, Lunaria Gardens) Get tickets...


Photos from Forest Gardening Workshop at Fields without Fences

Posted on Oct 2 by

I was recently lucky enough to attend a forest gardening design & installation workshop led by Sean Walsh, of Appleseed Permaculture. The workshop was held just outside of Frenchtown, NJ, at Fields Without Fences, operated by Johann Rinkens & Lindsay Napolitano. This 10-acre commercial food forest project is just in their second growing year, and it’s amazing how far the site has come in that time.