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Last Call for Canna Camp & July 1 w Heady Vermont!

Sunday June 24 – July 1 is the first week long, farm-based, application of permaculture principles and ethics to the commercial production of CBD, hemp, and Medical and Recreational Cannabis

July 1 we host Heady Vermont’s

LEGALIZATION CELEBRATION at Willow Crossing FarmCannaCamp

A week-long farm-based residential intensive immersion, which culminates with VIP access to Heady Vermont‘s Legalization Celebration at Willow Crossing Farm on July 1!

A participatory introduction to the industry, economy, and ecology of Herb- and a conscious co-creative contribution to the future of organic, regenerative, and farm-based cannabis eco-social entrepreneurship!*

REGISTER HERE           Facebook Event Page

Evening sessions will be free and open to the public- please subscribe and follow us on social media for updates.

Start: Dinner Sunday night, June 24 at Willow Crossing Farm.

Monday–Friday: Course, Practice, Industry Tours

Abbreviated Course Outline:
An introduction to the plant and its history –
Carbon Farming, Social Entrpreneurship, Regenerative Farm Economies (PermaCannaCulture)
Organic Growing
Outdoor
Indoor
Breeding, seed (fiber, seed oil, industrial hemp, CBD, dispensaries, etc.)
Propagation
Harvest
‘Commercial’ Cultivation
Greenhouses
Light Dep
Beds and Soil Building

Irrigation
Adding Value
Edibles, Oils, Rosin, Extracts
CBD: Maple, candy, chocolate, etc.
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Carbon Extraction, Ethanol and more
Testing
Chefs/ Herbalists –
Friday: Course Completes!

Saturday: Optional Tours or day off with meals for cannacampers and crew / prep day for SUNDAY!  Mentor and network behind the scenes with vendors, exhibitors, and assist production crew in preparation for….

Sunday July 1 is ‘Legal Day’ for Vermont

Willow Crossing Farm will host Heady Vermont’s ‘Legalization Celebration‘ with bands, vendors, exhibitions, genetics swap, workshops, guest chef edibles, pizza oven, etc.
Course participants will be intimately familiar with the farm by July 1 and help as ‘inhabitant hosts’ and / or apprentices to business / mentors met during the course (if so desired).

TUITION:
$600 includes all 3 farm-sourced meals per day, camping on the farm, Heady Vermont membership, and VIP / Backstage (Green Room) access to Legalization Celebration at Willow Crossing Farm!

About the Instructors

JT is an organic cannabis farmer in Humboldt County, California, one of the nation’s oldest and largest legal cannabis marketplaces. Orginally from Vermont, he has spent the last decade as a cultivator for medical marijuana patients and consultant for commercial cannabis operations within the Emerald Triangle.

Don Jardon has been a professional grower for over 30 years and has had his flowers featured repeatedly in High Times and celebrated in Cannabis cups around the world.

Keith Morris is an international farm and farm infrastructure designer, and professional educator.

Willow Crossing Farm is Vermont’s longest running permaculture site and tree crops research farm. We presently produce the highest quality state-licensed Organic CBD Hemp Sinsemilla Flowers, and partner with Northern Roots Nursery in producing hemp clones and potted plants, Soil Rebel / Wild Branch Foods in producing Organic CBD oil and other products, and Medicine Womyn Healing Arts in producing a variety of herbal medicines.  (Contact me for fresh CBD Flowers, Starts, Oil, or Tincture!)

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LEGALIZATION CELEBRATION                    at Willow Crossing Farm July 1

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Following the Vermont legislature’s historic bill legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott signing the bill into law, Heady Vermont will host a celebration for members and the general public on July 1 – the day legalization goes into effect – at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, Vermont.

The event will feature onsite camping and swimming, FREE shuttle transportation from Burlington an exhibition of local Vermont vendors including growers, CBD producers and more, live music, disc golf, yoga, a genetics exchange, food vendors, local beer, free cannabis growing demonstrations, and door prizes.

Paypal  https://www.paypal.me/earthsurfing $35 for subscriber rate!

This event is 21+. All attendees must show ID at the door.

Live music by the Homegrown All Stars, BarikaThe TenderbelliesConscious Roots and Honeytwist.

Thanks to sponsor Phylos Bioscience! For sponsorship info please email ad@headyvermont.com.

ADMISSION: Tickets are $50 for the general public and FREE for Heady Vermont Members.

More info, including vendor signup, is at http://www.headyvermont.com/celebration.

Sunday in NH: Nuts and Cannabis!

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Nuts for the Northeast and Organic Cannabis-

Keith Morris at NOFA NH Sunday, March 18, 2018

NOFA NH Winter Conference

Merrimack Valley High School

106 Village Street Concord, NH 03303

 

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Nuts for the Northeast

     Since the dawn of time, nuts have been some of the most important food plants for human beings.  Nut trees and shrubs offer some of the most nutrient dense foods, provide habitat, show the potential for a ‘carbon-negative’ and flood resilient agriculture, and are economically valuable for a variety of products in addition to nuts themselves.
Join with grower and international farm designer Keith Morris to explore the fascinating ecology and mythology of a few nut trees particularly suited to growing on farms and in neighborhoods throughout in the northeast.  We’ll focus of hardy proven nuts, and introduce some of the breeding, trailing, and hybridizing happening at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT to select for disease resistance, organic production, high quality timber, oils, medicinal properties, and to migrate some important nuts typically grown in warmer regions.  Participants will leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of some trees commonly found in towns and hillsides, and be introduced to promising less common nuts.

Organic Cannabis

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Long cultivated for seed, oil, fiber, medicine, and its intoxicating effects-the cannabis plant has a fascinating history and offers tremendous agricultural potential.  With various types of legalization possible in New Hampshire and surrounding us in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Canada, we’ll explore this plant with a particular eye towards CBD (Cannabidinol) and the rapidly expanding legal recreational industry.  While serving to introduce some basics to folks new to the plant and its growth, this workshop will also offer valuable information to more experienced growers, exploring the present and possible future legal nuances and its potential role in regenerative agriculture on small farms, market gardens, homesteads, and with small indoor growers.
Keith Morris is the founder of Willow Crossing Farm- Vermont’s longest running Permaculture/ Agroforestry Research Site- producing fruits, nuts, eggs, herbs, nursery plants, solar power, farm dinners, educational events, kids programs, nature and yoga education with local schools, and small farm-based music festivals. Willow Crossing has been implemented entirely debt-free, and without pre-existing capital- through sweat equity and deliberate financial permaculture/ community-supported social design. Off farm, Keith helps growers and communities design appropriate infrastructure to make food systems more regenerative, resilient, and connected; and started the Permaculture Education programs at the University of Vermont, Sterling College, the Yestermorrow Design Build School, St. Mikes College, and Paul Smiths College, and with the USAID Farmer to Farmer Program.
Willow Crossing Farm is Vermont’s longest established permaculture research and education facility, and a debt-free ‘financial permaculture’ working family farm.   We host one of the most diverse collections of tree crops in the northeast, offer farm-based dining and educational opportunities to the local communities, and host annual events that attract people from across the country and a surprising variety of international students. We grow a variety of fruits, nuts, berries, and vines in an organic nursery; experiment with new crops, techniques, and regenerative farm infrastructure; manage production to create wildlife refuge and pollinator sanctuary; and have been focused on developing ‘productive buffers’ to reforest floodplain and riverside banks with marketable production.

Rising Appalachia is coming back to the farm!

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AND we’re hosting an affordable 1 week intensive Permaculture Action Camp!

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Pruning the Forest Garden- March 31   REGISTER NOW

Hands-on in Vermont’s most diverse collection of Fruits, Nuts, Berries, and Vines!

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7th Annual Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange- April 7, 2018   REGISTER NOW

Learn how to make more of your favorite apples, plums, peaches, pears, and more- and go home with your own grafted fruit tree!

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Our 11th Annual Farm and Wilderness Immersion PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE- July 17-29, 2016     REGISTER NOW

An unparalleled learning experience- with the most experienced teaching team in the northeast and beyond!

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FRUIT, NUT, BERRIES, VINES, and MEDICINAL HERB PLANT SALE!  Pre-orders open now, for pick up beginning April 23.

2018 Plant Sale!

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Thank you for reading and sharing with your friends and networks!  Look forward to seeing you.

Best,

Keith and Family

Come to LIFE! Spring 2018 🌱🌿🌳

FOUR EVENTS WITH RISING APPALACHIA!

 

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PERMACULTURE ACTION DAY!

May 20, 2018           Willow Crossing Farm      Johnson, VT

FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC. 🎉  ALL AGES & ABILITIES

We’re honored to be joined again on the farm by our dear friends and deep inspiration RISING APPALACHIA on Sunday May 20, after two nights of shows at Burlington’s Higher Ground on May 18 & 19.  We join in celebration, in service of the Earth, and to deepen our connections to each other and ecology!

Please SUBSCRIBE here to be kept in the loop with schedule and details coming later this week!  Join the conversation on the Event Page.

What’s a ‘Permaculture Action Day’??  Check some footage from a recent one in NOLA:

 

Come to Life Permaculture Action Camp

May 14 – May 20

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The Come to Life Permaculture Action Camp in Johnson and Burlington, VT combines a Permaculture Action Course, Rising Appalachia’s Friday & Saturday night concerts at Higher Ground, and the Permaculture Action Day w/ Rising Appalachia at Willow Crossing Farm.

 

Peia will be opening Friday Night’s concert, and Arouna Diarra will be opening Saturday.

With Ryan Rising of Permaculture Action Network (a 2011 Prospect Rock Permaculture Design Course Graduate), Keith Morris (founder of Prospect Rock Permaculture and Willow Crossing Farm), Robyn Mello of the Philadelphia Orchard Project, and other very special guests!  Join the conversation with participants on the Event Page.

The Action Camp Training includes tickets to Rising Appalachia at Higher Ground: Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT, and puts you in the heart of the action as a skilled facilitator of the Permaculture Action Day w/ Rising Appalachia: Sunday, May 20th at Willow Crossing Farm

The Permaculture Action Course will cover both ecological design science and regenerative earth-based practices, as well as social permaculture and community building skills! Expanding upon the resolutely empowering tool of permaculture design, the Permaculture Action Course is designed to send you back out into the world with the facilitation and organizing skills, as well as the design and implementation skills, to take agency in your life and bring about a more just and regenerative world for all.

Topics include:

  • Intro to Permaculture: Principles, Ethics, and Design
  • The Permaculture Design Process including Site Analysis & Assessment
  • Edible Forest Gardens & Food Forests
  • Disaster Preparedness and Relief
    • Rapid Deployment Compost Toilets
    • Water Filtration
    • Food Collection and Cooking
  • Direct Action and Community Mobilizations
  • Permaculture Disaster Relief and First Responder (PERMACOPRS INTERNATIONAL)
  • Social Permaculture & Alternative Economies
  • Facilitation & Decision Making
  • Organizing Action Days
  • Participatory Ecology
  • Farm Tour
  • Water Catchment, Filtration
  • Village Scale Compost Toilets and Regenerative Waste Management
  • Natural Building
  • Alternative Energy
  • Regenerative Festival / Action Camp Organizing

Practice hands on and lead Permaculture Action activities in:

Best Practices for Ecological Culture of Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Vegetables, and Medicines

Tree Planting, River Bank Stabilization, and Ecologically Regenerative Earthworks

Mushroom Inoculation, Fruit & Nut Tree Pruning Organic Management 

Natural Building, Earthen Plasters, Renewable Energy, Passive Solar Greenhouses

Registration Fee:

Registration for the Permaculture Action Camp is at a sliding scale of $350-900. Suggested tuition is $600. This includes three organic meals a day for four days; up to 8 days of camping on the farm; four full days of hands on training in a beautiful yurt, barn, and outdoor classrooms, and deep inclusion in the Permaculture Action Day w/Rising Appalachia as co-facilitators on Sunday, May 20th.

Your registration fee also includes VIP guest concert tickets to Friday and Saturday night’s Rising Appalachia shows in Burlington!

Please keep in mind: $600 covers the real cost of your participation in the course. Paying at the high end of the sliding scale at $900 subsidizes others’ participation in the course who can’t afford to attend otherwise. Paying at the low end of the scale is welcome (we want your participation!) but please be aware that paying toward the middle range ensures that facilitators and cooks are compensated, project materials are paid for, and everyone involved is taken care of!

If you have any questions, including registration details, alternative lodging accommodations, work trade possibilities, or facilitating additional offerings at the Action Day- please contact Keith@ProspectRock.org or (802) 734-1129

If you want to support low income students, gender/racial diversity in permaculture, and scholarships for those who cannot afford to attend, please write to make a tax deductible contribution!

   Come to Life is an arts and activism based coalition with the intention to facilitate and document positive movement in the world. Come to Life is a channel to bring all the good work we can find to a much larger audience than we would be able to reach otherwise.

PLEASE SHARE THIS PAGE / EMAIL!  THANK YOU!

-STAY TUNED FOR MORE NEWS AND EVENTS COMING SOON-

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Still reading?  Enjoy a short documentary on RISING APPALACHIA!

 

With Love and Service-

Keith & Family –

Pruning the Edible Forest Garden March 31

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A day long exploration of the science and practice of ecological tree crop management for diverse yields.

Willow Crossing Farm

Johnson, VT

SUNDAY, March 31

Click Here to Register

10 am – 4 pm

Join Tree Farmer Keith Morris for a day of hands-on practice with fruit and nut tree pruning, in a diverse permaculture forest garden setting.  Spend the morning in the large yurt learning the science and ecology of how trees lose limbs and ‘heal’, and explore the deep traditions of how humans beings observe and interact with this phenomenon.

We’ll synthesize a variety of pruning ideas, strategies, and techniques to help you develop your own philosophy, understanding, and confidence to go out and work with trees in your landscape in a regenerative and yielding way.   After lunch and some hot cider we’ll go outside to explore one of VT’s oldest permaculture designed food forests- a reforestation of old pasture and hayfield in the floodplain of the Lamoille River.

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We’ll briefly tour ‘Productive Buffers’, wildlife corridors, and stop to work in zones of Plums, Apples, Peaches, Pears, Berries, Vines, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, and more– driven by the group’s interest, and discussing pruning techniques for trees both young and old. We’ll look at and evaluate previous years of pruning decisions and ensuing consequences, and explore some natural tree injuries and healing responses, helping participants to better understand the implications of our pruning decisions over varying periods of time. We’ll finish the day practicing with different tools to cut wood cleanly- with an eye towards maximizing production, fruit quality, ease of future maintenance, and minimizing pest and disease pressure.  We’ll also set the stage for top-working, multi-variety grafting, species changes (i.e.. Peaches on Plum roots), and other forms of propagation.  In preparation for our April 7  Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange We’ll also prune mature, bearing Hazelnuts and manage black locust, walnut, butternut/ buartnut, pecans, and more for nuts, firewood, high-value lumber, succession, aesthetics, and other long-term aims.

We’ll pass around, demonstrate, and allow you to trial favorite tools, including pruners, saws, pole saws, etc.; speak to their selection and maintenance, and discuss hygienic practices to promote orchard health and reduce cross-contamination.

This workshop kicks off our series for 2018!  

Please enter your email in the box on the right hand side of the page, or ‘like’ us on Facebook to get the calendar and details for our other offerings such as:  fruit tree grafting (April 7), nursery plant sale, natural beekeeping workshop, nut production, diverse understory planting, spring development for gravity fed irrigation, natural building, compost heat, season extension, earth oven construction, stone masonry, and more. Our Nursery Plant Sale pre-orders are open now, with plant pick ups scheduled to begin April 23.

Our 2018 Permaculture Design Certification Course will be offered July 22- August 3, and they are filling quickly.  Applications for our Advanced Permaculture Design / Build /Grow / Teach internship, and APDC guided portfolio development will now be accepted on a rolling basis!

Event is $40-60 suggested donation/ sliding scale, including warm or cold cider during lunch and a round of hard cider tasting (21 and over) afterwards.  No one will be refused for lack of funds.

*We are looking for photographers or videographers to help document the event, or create a short educational video.*

Please pre-register, and dress to spend the day outdoors.

REGISTER HERE!

We’ll need your email address if you’re planning on coming because the weather will determine where we’ll have people park.  Feel free to bring your *clean, sterile, and sharp* pruners and saws.

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Felco’s F 13s- the pruner of choice for large hands, or thick branches

Keith Morris has been collecting and experimenting with rare fruit and nut trees for 20 years, and teaches ecological design throughout the northeast.  He has worked to help create resilient, diverse, socially just, and economically viable food systems around the world since 1996. Please spread the word to potentially interested friends and networks. Thank you for your support of our work!

Thanks, Keith and Crew Willow Crossing Farm www.willowcrossing.org

For rideshares, conversation, or sharing with facebook friends- please visit the event page here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/270680720016950/

You can view some photos from last years event HERE.

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Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange

It’s really starting to feel like SPRING!

Please Join our

7th ANNUAL Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange!

At Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT

April 7     10am – 2pm     2018

(Thank you for sharing this with potentially interested friends and networks)

Join us for a day of hands-on fruit tree grafting!  We’ll begin the day in the classroom understanding the science of grafting, and practice bench-grafting apples, pears, plums, and other stone fruits.

Everyone will have the opportunity to graft their own trees to take home!

After lunch, we’ll go out and tour grafted and ‘multi-grafted’ fruit trees (including peaches grafted onto plums) and ‘top work’ multiple varieties onto pears, apples, plums, and other stone fruit. We’ll discuss some pruning basics, different grafting strategies for ‘fruit salad trees’, healing damaged trees, reworking new varieties, revitalizing old orchards, enhancing cross-pollination, and space considerations. We’ll also look at and evaluate both successful and failed past grafts.

We’ll contextualize our work in briefly telling some history of our farm and touring our incredibly diverse collection of nuts, berries, vines, nitrogen-fixing plants, and debt-free natural buildings.  We’ll also explore the incredible history of grafting, the range of grafting possibilities, and practice with professional grafting tools which make for more successful grafts by novices and experts alike.

Each attendant will leave with an apple or pear variety of their choosing on semi-dwarf or standard rootstock, or a stone fruit variety of their choosing on native american plum rootstock.

$60 suggested donation sliding scale includes cider and tea, and your own grafted fruit trees to take home. No one will be refused for lack of funds, but everyone must pre-register.

Visit the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/468266296716690/

Due to the popularity of this event, you must PRE REGISTER HERE. There is a possibility of another event later in April, please send an email to express your interest.
Please RSVP by filling out the registration form and submitting payment via paypal (Keith@ProspectRock.org), Facebook Messenger (easiest), or sending a check to:

‘Prospect Rock Permaculture’

P.O. Box 426

Jeffersonville, VT 05464

We must get your email address from you, as the weather will determine where we park cars. and we will also send you some information about how to best collect scion wood if you want to propagate some favorite fruit trees.

The workshop will be taught by:

Nicko Rubin is the owner of East Hill Tree Farm, where he has been growing and propagating hardy fruits and nuts in the foothills of the Groton Mountains. He completed the master’s program for sustainable landscape design at the Conway School.

Dave Johnson is a timber framer with a passion for fruit trees. His competence with sharp tools and wood translate readily into many successful grafts and a legacy of multi-grafted old wild apples throughout the hills of Vermont.

Keith Morris has been collecting and experimenting with rare fruits, nuts, and medicinal plants since 1996, and is professor of ecological design at the University of Vermont. He’s slowly built his family’s farm debt-free with sweat equity and has contributed to creating resilient and diverse food systems on 5 continents.

Thank you,
Keith
(802) 734-1129

Willow Crossing Farm
Johnson, VT
http://www.WillowCrossing.org

REGISTER NOW for our 11th Annual Permaculture Design Certification Course: July 22 August 3, 2018.  Farm and Nature Immersion!  World Class Ecological Design Education and Portfolio Development for new and experienced practioners.  Full scholarships for income eligible Vermonters.  Available for up to 5 credits through the University of Vermont.

Our Fruit, Nut, Berry, Vine, and Medicinal Plant Sale pre-orders are open now! Plant pick ups begin April 23 and continue through May 22.

2018 Plant Sale!

Hello and Happy Spring!

2018 List Coming soon!  Please feel free to make reservations or requests!

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We’re happy to (finally) announce the plants we’ll have available this year- please get your order in ASAP as quantities are limited- apologies for our delay in getting this out!  Please inquire about ‘bulk’ pricing (10 or more plants in any combination) or ‘wholesale pricing’ (10 or more of the same plant/ variety).  This are great for folks establishing hedgerows, windbreaks, shelterbelts, orchards, vineyards, or looking to begin commercial production of these Vermont-proven fruits, nuts, berries, and vines.  Wholesale quantities are limited to only some of our plants.

BARE ROOT is a naked tree and wants to be planted as soon as possible, prices are determined by size (diameter caliper or length) and rarity of tree or variety.  Please arrange pickup as soon as possible.

POTS are ONE GALLON and $20 EACH unless otherwise stated.  They would love to be planted into their permanent home sooner than later but can ‘hang out’ for several weeks if necessary.

Please reserve your quantities ASAP, as we imagine most of these will sell out quickly.

Plants are available for pickup BY APPOINTMENT- I may be delivering some plants into Burlington, some are at the farm, some are in cold storage downtown Jeffersonville- so please call or email to confirm availability and arrange a time and ensure the right location to get your plants.

SUNDAY MAY 7 we will host a farm tour, and then a ‘urban homestead/ apothecary’ tour downtown Jeffersonville, where folks can view mature examples of the plants we’ll have for sale, Pine Nuts, Hazels, and Currants will be available for pickup, fruit trees and other pots will be available after this Monday May 8.  Stay tuned for details- I will continually update this page with availability.

We’ll announce more ‘open hours’ for plant pick-ups soon, and are usually available by phone or email to make an appointment to meet for a plant pick up.

We will try to hold trees, but without cash in hand there are no guarantees- first come first served, especially with bare root as we want them planted asap.  Feel free to PayPal or Facebook Messenger money for a guaranteed reservation.

NUT TREES:

HAZELNUTS/ HAZELBERTS-

This is the earliest of all nut trees to bear nuts.  One of our favorites for a future crop in VT, now well into production here at Willow Crossing, these multi-stemmed trees will begin to bear nuts in as little as 3 years from planting. They also make nice hedges, living fences, privacy screens, or snow fence, and have attractive fall foliage.

Selected Seedlings (bare root):  $15

Pollen-Controlled Cross (bare root): $20

PINENUTS-

We finally are able to release some of our favorite trees for an evergreen windbreak- the producers of PINENUTS.  Almost all Pinenuts in the supermarket are Korean Pinenuts grown in China.  A beautiful tree with whorls of dark-green needles, this very hardy Pine is an attractive and stately tree planted singly or in groups. Its large and tasty nuts are gathered in Korea and eastern Russia and are greatly prized for their rich flavor, nutritional value, and high economic worth.

Bare Root: $15           One Gallon Pots: $20            8′ + Trees:  $500

WALNUT FAMILY:

BLACK WALNUTS-  The most valuable lumber tree in the the northeastern forest, and long-lived producer of delicious nuts. Mature trees can be tapped for syrup, a favorite for silvopasture design. Not recommended near areas where tomatoes or potatoes are grown.  Proven VT Hardy

3-4′ Bare Root Tree $20

BUTTERHEART (BUARTNUT)-  A disease resistant hybrid of Heartnut with our native endangered Butternut- this beautiful specimen tree exhibits ‘hybrid vigor’ once rooted, and bears tremendous amounts of delicious nuts.  Come by the farm to see one flowering this spring.  Proven VT Hardy

4-5′ Bare Root Tree $25

CARPATHIAN/ MANREGION WALNUT- SOLD OUT   Please write to express interest, as there may be some left over.

VINES:

HARDY KIWIS-  Hardy, Fuzzless, and even Sweeter!  One Gallon Pots $20

-KEN”S RED-  This delicious female cultivar bears abundant crops of grape-sized, red skinned ,and red fleshed fruit.  Requires male for pollination.

-74/49-  A favorite variety for ‘kiwi berry’ production- this female cultivars bears heavy crops of large green and deliciously flavored fruit.  Requires male.

-‘ANDREY’ MALE-  An extra hardy Russian male, suitable to pollinate all female Hardy Kiwis.  1 male needed for every 8 females, depending on pattern.  Optimal pollination with 1 male for every 5 females.

MAYPOP PASSIONFLOWER- 

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This attractive and very hardy perennial vine features abundant, showy, pinkish purple flowers from July until frost. Following the flowers are greenish yellow fruit with the delicious and sprightly taste of tropical Passionfruit.  Can be experimented with as a ‘dieback perennial’, but we take ours inside for the winter.  Self Fertile

One Gallon Pots $20

FRUIT TREES:

‘LAPINS’ CHERRY-   5/8″ dia. Bare Root Trees $25

LapinsVery large, dark purple, delicious and self-fertile, Lapins is one of the best
Cherries available. From brilliant white blossoms to the dark red fruit to beautiful foliage in fall, this tree provides multi-seaon interest. Introduced by Dr. Lapins at the Summerland Research Station in British Columbia, Canada, Lapins is a favorite with commercial growers. Lapins is also an easy to grow and very productive variety for the home gardener.

‘SPITZENBERG’ APPLE-  5/8″ dia. Bare Root Trees $25spitzenberg

An attractive, bright red fruit heirloom with crisp, aromatic flesh and rich
sweet-tart flavor, Spitzenberg is reputed to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple. Great eaten fresh and in baked goods, Spitzenberg also makes tasty cider. Spitzenberg ripens in early to mid October and stores well until spring.  Semi-dwarf 12-16′

‘WINECRISP’ APPLE-   5/8″ dia. Bare Root Trees $25

winecrispThis beautiful, deep red patented variety is receiving rave reviews from all who try it. WineCrisp™ fruit is large, sweet, firm, juicy and full of flavor. The tree is totally free of Apple Scab and resistant to most other Apple diseases. Recently introduced from a long-term university breeding program, this very productive variety ripens in late September and can be stored for several months.  Semi-Dwarf Rootstock 12-16′

‘GREEN GAGE’ PLUM-  3/4″ dia. Bare Root Trees $30

GreenGageThe standard for plum quality since the 17th century, Green Gage Plum is one of a group of classic and highly prized European Plum varieties. Green Gage bears large crops of yellowish green, juicy, firm and tender, oval fruit . Very sweet and richly flavorful, Green Gage is great for fresh eating, baking, preserves, and canning.

‘SUNFLOWER’ PAWPAW- One Gallon Pots $25

pawpawThe largest fruit native to north america!   One of our most popular and reliable varieties, Sunflower Pawpaw bears good crops of very large, sweet and delicious fruit. Sunflower won First Prize at the 2010 Ohio Pawpaw Festival.  Experimental in the colder parts of VT.

‘VERN’S BROWN TURKEY’ FIG-  One Gallon Pots $20image

To distinguish this variety from less reliable varieties also called Brown
Turkey, its named after garden writer Vern Nelson. Vern’s Brown Turkey has proven itself a reliable and productive variety. It bears large, sweet and flavorful, dark brown figs with light amber flesh, often producing two crops a year.

‘JOSTABERRY’ BLACK CURRANT x GOOSEBERRY- 3-4′ Bare Root Shrubs $20

jostaberry.jpgA unique cross of Gooseberry and Black Currant, Jostaberry is the most vigorous of all our Currant varieties. A very disease resistant and easy to grow small shrub, Jostaberry produces very large, jet black, sweet-tart fruit, high in Vitamin C and good for fresh eating and excellent for jams and jellies.

‘UKRAINE’ HIGH BUSH CRANBERRY-  2-3′ Bare Root Shrubs  $20

viburnum-opolus.jpgThis valuable and attractive shrub is prized for its medicinal properties, fruit, and ornamental value. Ukraine™ Highbush Cranberry features large clusters of snow-white flowers in the spring followed in September by bright red berries and striking reddish orange foliage. After frost removes their bitterness, the berries are used for preserves, candy and baked goods. The flowers, fruit and seeds are used in herbal medicine as a fever reducer, to lower blood pressure and treat heart disease. Ukraine™ was selected for its abundant crops of high quality fruit and its colorful, orange-red fall foliage. It often begins bearing the 2nd year after planting.

‘VIKING’ ARONIA-  One Gallon Pots $20

Aronia.jpgAn attractive, vigorous, and productive small shrub, Viking Aronia is a popular commercial variety in Europe. Viking bears abundant crops of large,almost black berries which make tasty and nutritious juice, wine, and ‘raisins’. Viking’s lustrous, dark green foliage turns a beautiful fire-engine red in the fall.

What-the-HaksapHONEYBERRIES / HASKAPS:
A very hardy and unique small shrub, Honeyberry is an edible species of Honeysuckle with sweet and tasty fruit- presently being developed as a commercial crop through the coldest parts of the world.  Valued for its tasty, blueberry-like fruit, its extremely early ripening, often two weeks before strawberries, and its exceptional hardiness, to minus 40 degrees F., or below. Great for fresh eating, juicing, and preserves.  Has approximately 5x the anti-oxidants of blueberries!

1-2′ Bare Root Shrubs $20  BLUE VELVET’ and BLUE MOON’

Waterman-LogoMULLBERRIES– bare root $15  more details soon

BLUEBERRIES–  All of our blueberries this year are coming from collaboration with our good friends and neighbors at Johnson’s Waterman Orchards.  They are ERICOID INNOCULATED– a fungal symbiont on blueberries.

NELSON and BLUERAY:  Bare root 18-30″ with well-developed root systems $20

BLUECROP and BLUEJAY: Potted, 24-40″, bearing age $45

ELDimageERBERRIES:  ‘BERRY HILL’ and ‘COOMER’  1 gallon pots $20

BLACK LOCUST:  3-4′ Bare Root $15

SIBERIAN PEA SHRUB:  

GINGER STARTS!  Will be available later this spring- reserve now $5/ plant.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE?  Let us know- we have more than is listed here.

This page will contantly be updated this spring.  I have – white and red currants, northern pecans, hickories, chinese chestnuts, saskatoons (serviceberries) all getting graded and priced this coming week.

HOW TO ORDER?  The best way to order or ask questions is to send an email to KEITH@PROSPECTROCK.ORG.

 – ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT ECOLOGICAL REGENERATION –

A reminder- we have just a few spaces left in our 10th ANNUAL FARM AND WILDERNESS IMMERSION PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION and full scholarships  available for income-eligible Vermont State Residents.

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MEDICINE WOMYN RETREAT AUGUST 5-6     http://www.MedicineWomyn.org

SAPLINGS AND SEEDLINGS KIDS FARM/ NATURE/ YOGA Starts JUNE

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Permaculture Design For Yard, Homestead, and Farm

Permaculture Design For Yard, Homestead, and Farm

This Saturday!   Join NOFA VT for a tour and workshop 9 am – 3pm

August 26  –   Jeffersonville and Johnson, VT

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We’ll start the morning with a brief tour of the ‘urban homestead’ and apothecary downtown Jeffersonville, then head to the farm for a permaculture design workshop, wood fired pizza from the earth oven, and tree crop and natural building tour.

Are you interested in learning how to ‘read’ a landscape, map your future, and cooperate with nature to be more productive and resilient?

Join Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture for a hands-on exploration of whole-system ecological design. In this workshop, Keith will provide a design process that you can apply to your own site (regardless of size) that includes the importance of perennial tree crops and climate resilience. We’ll explore a variety of ‘new’, experimental, and lost, traditional plants; DIY and debt-free infrastructure improvements and potential ‘micro-enterprises’ for the garden or homestead. To see a variety of design scale, we’ll begin at Prospect Rock Permaculture’s downtown homestead and apothecary, and then travel down the street to Willow Crossing Farm- Vermont’s longest running permaculture research and education site. Lunch will be included and prepared in Keith’s onsite pizza oven.

For tickets:
http://www.sevendaystickets.com/events/45273520/permaculture-design-for-your-yard-homestead-amp-farm

Any questions can be directed to me or NOFA VT http://www.NofaVT.org

Best,
Keith and Family

 

Our WEEKEND FORMAT Permaculture Design Certification Course will be announced soon!  Please call or email if you’d like to get on the list or would like more information!

 

Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange

Hi Friends!

A reminder our 7th ANNUAL Grafting Workshop and Scionwood exchange is April 7! Join us for a day of hands-on fruit tree grafting! We’ll begin the day in the classroom understanding the science of grafting, and practice bench-grafting apples, pears, plums, and other stone fruits. We’ll also learn how to ‘guerrilla graft’ and ‘top work’ existing trees.

 

Everyone will have the opportunity to graft their own trees to take home!

After lunch, we’ll go out and tour grafted and ‘multi-grafted’ fruit trees (including peaches grafted onto plums) and ‘top work’ multiple varieties onto pears, apples, plums, and other stone fruit. We’ll discuss some pruning basics, different grafting strategies for ‘fruit salad trees’, healing damaged trees, reworking new varieties, revitalizing old orchards, enhancing cross-pollination, and space considerations (such as multiple varieties with only one tree in the ground). We’ll also look at and evaluate both successful and failed past grafts.

We’ll contextualize our work in briefly telling some history of our farm and touring our incredibly diverse collection of nuts, berries, vines, nitrogen-fixing plants, and debt-free natural buildings. We’ll also explore the incredible history of grafting, the range of grafting possibilities, and practice with professional grafting tools which make for more successful grafts by novices and experts alike.

Each attendant will leave with an apple or pear variety of their choosing, or a stone fruit variety of their choosing on plum rootstock.

$80 suggested donation sliding scale includes cider and tea, and your own grafted fruit trees to take home. No one will be refused for lack of funds, but everyone must pre-register.

Visit the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1847176838887986/

Due to the popularity of this event, you must PRE REGISTER HERE: https://prospectrockpermaculture.wordpress.com/grafting-workshop-registration-form/
This will ensure you get parking directions and other details.
Please RSVP by filling out the registration form and submitting payment via paypal (Keith@ProspectRock.org), Facebook Messenger or sending a check to:

‘Prospect Rock Permaculture’, P.O. Box 426, Jeffersonville, VT 05464

We must get your email address from you, as the weather will determine where we park cars. and we will also send you some information about how to best collect scion wood if you want to propagate some favorite fruit trees.

The workshop will be taught by:

Zach Leonard is a master horticulturalist and as been the farm manager of Elmore Roots Nursery for 15 years. He and his family have created High Hopes Farm, a diverse off-grid homestead.

Dave Johnson is a timber framer with a passion for fruit trees. His competence with sharp tools and wood translate readily into many successful grafts and a legacy of multi-grafted old wild apples throughout the hills of Vermont.

Keith Morris has been collecting and experimenting with rare fruits, nuts, and medicinal plants since 1996, and is professor of ecological design at the University of Vermont. He’s slowly built his family’s farm debt-free with sweat equity and has contributed to creating resilient and diverse food systems on 5 continents.

Thank you,
Keith and Family
(802) 734-1129

Willow Crossing Farm
Johnson, VT
http://www.WillowCrossing.org

REGISTER NOW for our 10th Annual Permaculture Design Certification Course: July 16 – July 28, 2017 Farm and Nature Immersion! World Class Ecological Design Education and Portfolio Development for new and experienced practioners. Full scholarships for income eligible Vermonters. Available for college credits through the University of Vermont.

Our Fruit, Nut, Berry, Vine, and Medicinal Plant Sale pre-orders are open now! Plant pick ups begin April 23 and continue through May 22.

Please ‘Follow the Blog’ and/ or ‘like’ and follow our Facebook page to get plant sale availability announcements, and notifications about kids yoga / nature camp, farm dining, and other events.

 

ALSO TOMORROW- SATURDAY April 8- 

Keith Morris will present an introduction to Permaculture as a part of the gardening series at the Jaquith Library in Marshfield, VT at 11 am (122 School St. #2, Marshfield, VT)

The event is free and open to the public- we will introduce the design process, tree crops for Vermont Yards and Farms, and respond to group questions and interest.

Free Introduction to Permaculture in Burlington TONIGHT!

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Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
Networking starts at 5:30 talk starts at 6

Permaculture – or ‘permanent {agri} culture’- is a holistic design science aimed at creating more connected, productive, and ecologically regenerative human landscapes. Practiced at scales ranging from balconies to bioregions, permaculture originates with small farms, homesteads, and land-based, community-oriented, micro-enterprises.
We’ll dive into practical examples of how permaculture can be immediately applied in our own lives and communities- and explore the implied ‘decolonization’ of our food, energy, shelter, and waste management systems.
Can we meet human needs while increasing ecological health?
Can we create a thriving, bioregionally-based, connected and resilient ecologic economic system?

This Introduction to Permaculture is intended to both introduce the concept and serve as an ‘update’ or ‘refresher’ for those more familiar with its principles. We’ll introduce the field, and cover some of the personal history of permaculture in Vermont and the Northeast, while exploring permaculture as a collaborative response to crises inspired by and allied with ecology and indigenous cultures around the world.

Join Burlington Permaculture with professional farm designer Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture, coppice-agroforestry specialist Mark Krawczyk of Keyline Vermont, and long-time designer/instructor Alissa White to explore the history, theory, implementation, and future of permaculture design for a new era.

The meeting is open to the public and free. Please bring a friend and an open mind!

Details:
When: Wednesday, June 7th. 5:30 – 8:00pm
Where: Fletcher Free Library (Pickering Room)
Admission: Free!
What You’ll Need: A pen, pad, and an open mind!

Also look for the Inaugural Cross-Pollinator Potluck next week!

Let us know you can make it on this Facebook Event page- please SHARE and INVITE!

Follow Burlington Permaculture and Prospect Rock Permaculture for more details.
Sign up for their Mailing List at www.burlingtonpermaculture.org

Are you interested in this summer’s Permaculture Design Certification Course?  Now is the time to register!  There are FULL SCHOLARSHIPS available for income-eligible Vermont State residents- applications opened this week and should be submitted immediately.  We are also open to arranging payment plans.

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2016 Plant Sale!

Glad you found this page!  Here is the descriptions from our 2016 offerings.  Many of these may still be available- so please inquire!

You can find the most up to date list HERE!

Hi Friends!

Apologies, as I know some of you have been waiting for an updated list with this year’s offerings.  It’s here and the plants are ready for pickup!

We’re excited to offer a few new things we’ve been expirimenting with, as well as some proven favorites.

BARE ROOT is a naked tree and wants to be planted as soon as possible, prices are determined by size (diameter caliper or length) and rarity of tree or variety.  Please arrange pickup as soon as possible.

POTS are ONE GALLON and $20 EACH unless otherwise stated.  They would love to be planted into their permanent home sooner than later but can ‘hang out’ for several weeks if necessary.

Please reserve your quantities ASAP, as we imagine most of these will sell out quickly.

Plants are available for pickup BY APPOINTMENT- I will be deriving some plants into Burlington, some are at the farm, some are in cold storage downtown Jeffersonville- so please call or email to confirm availability and arrange a time and the right locationto get your plants.

We will try to hold trees, but without cash in hand there are no guarantees- first come first served, especially with bare root as we want them planted asap.  Feel free to PayPal or Facebook Messenger money for a guaranteed reservation.

CHERRIES (very large and soon to bear):

LAPINS 5/8″ dia. Bare Root Trees $25

Very large, dark purple, delicious and self-fertile, Lapins is one of the best Cherries available. From brilliant white blossoms to the dark red fruit to beautiful foliage in fall, this tree provides multi-seaon interest. Introduced by Dr. Lapins at the Summerland Research Station in British Columbia, Canada, Lapins is a favorite with commercial growers. Lapins is also an easy to grow and very productive variety for the home gardener.

NORTHSTAR 5/8″ diam. Bare Root Trees $25

A unique and tasty pie cherry from Minnesota. This self-fertile, naturally dwarf tree bears heavy crops of large, tasty, bright red fruit with red flesh and red juice. Northstar grows to 6-8 ft. in height and is hardy to minus 40°F.

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FEIJOA aka PINEAPPLE GUAVA!  Gallon Pots (Acca Sellowiana form. Feijoa Sellowiana)

This sub tropical evergreen with beautiful edible flowers and ‘minty pineapple’ guava fruit is a carefree plant that tolerates freezing down into the teens.  It can be taken indoors as a houseplant for winter months.

BLACK SPANISH FIGS!  1-2′ Bare Root Trees $20 (Ficus Carica)

One of the favorite figs for container culture, this reliable and productive variety bears abundant crops of dark mahogany colored fruit. The very sweet, juicy, and firm fruit is great for fresh eating, preserves, and drying. A naturally dwarf tree can be taken indoors as a houseplant, or stored in a basement or root cellar during dormancy.

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APPLE PRISCILLA ON M26:  3/4″ Diameter Tree!  Large and ready to bear. $25

You can enjoy growing this virtually disease-free variety and feast on its delicious, red-blushed fruit. A product of a Purdue University breeding program, Priscilla features crisp, sweet and flavorful flesh. Great for fresh eating, Priscilla ripens in early September and can be stored for 3 months or more.

Considered a dwarf rootstock, Apple trees on M-26 typically grow 8-12 ft. in height and are usually spaced 8-12 ft. apart. M-26 induces early bearing, usually in 2-3 years after planting (less with such a large caliper tree at transplant), and grows well in most soils, except very wet and poorly drained ones. On windy sites, trees grafted on M-26 may need staking.

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ELDERBERRIES  Gallon Pots $20  A favorite for herbalists, wine making, jam, syrup, battered flowers and beauty and pollinator support- this was one of the most important plants for Native Americans and Colonial Vermonters and is now seeing a resurgence. Elderberries have very high antioxidant levels, they are rated as 14,500 on the ORAC Scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Blackberries, in contrast, are 5347 on the ORAC scale, and sweet cherries are 3365.) In addition, the particular antioxidants found in elderberries happen to have an antiviral effect.  Our named varieties are best for production.

BOB GORDON:  Bob Gordon Elderberry was found growing wild in 1999 near Osceola, Missouri. the Bob Gordon elderberry produces huge clusters of 1/4 inch berries. Pendulous flower heads prevent birds from getting all the fruit, too! Bob Gordon is unusual as an elderberry, it’s fruit grows on new canes, so can be cut to the ground yearly. This will make a lower (5 to 6 foot tall) easier to harvest plant. Fruit ripens in July.

YORK:  A beautiful ornamental and fruiting shrub, York’s very large clusters of striking, creamy-white flowers are followed by huge crops of large, purplish-black berries and lovely yellow fall color. York’s berries make delicious pies, jelly, and wine.  A favored variety for elderflower and berry production.

BLACK WALNUTS Juglans nigra:  4-5′ tall Bare Root Trees  $25

The most valuable lumber tree in the the northeaster forest, and long-lived producer of delicious nuts. Mature trees can be tapped for syrup, a favorite for silvopasture design. Not recommended near areas where tomatoes or potatoes are grown.

MANREGION WALNUTS Juglans Regia:  4-5′ tall Bare Root Trees $30

The hardiest variety of English Walnuts- the largest, tastiest, and easiest to crack of the family- this tree is experimental in our region.  It does best in deep soils and warm microclimates.

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KOREAN PINE NUTS!  One Gallon Pots $20

Finally!  We are able to release some of our favorite trees for an evergreen windbreak- the producers of PINENUTS.  Almost all Pinenuts in the supermarket are Korean Pinenuts grown in China.  A beautiful tree with whorls of dark-green needles, this very hardy Pine is an attractive and stately tree planted singly or in groups. Its large and tasty nuts are gathered in Korea and eastern Russia and are greatly prized for their rich flavor, nutritional value, and high economic worth.

We also have some potted SEA BERRIES (German and Russian Varieties), CURRANTS, GOOSEBERRIES, KIWIS, and more- call for availability Here is a list of some varieties.

(802) 734-1129

Our 9th ANNUAL PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE is almost full!   Join an incredible group of students and the most experienced teaching team in North America for FARM AND WILDERNESS IMMERSION and HANDS ON TRAINING in ECOLOGICAL DESIGN at the longest running permaculture site in Vermont!  Early Bird Rate includes all farm-sourced meals and camping accommodations, expires May 15.

Click HERE for more information!

Thank you for sharing this with your networks and supporting our work to make the world more fruitful and in healthy relation to ecology and each other!

Keith, Family, and crew

Willow Crossing Farm

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