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Open Lectures! Energy Descent Culture, Free ‘INHABIT’ Screening

Hi All-

We’d like to invite you to join with this June’s Permaculture Design Certification Course for a few evening sessions- free and open to the public- as always!

You are also welcome to join us for an all farm-sourced meal- dinner is served at 6pm, and is $14 buffet style.  Reservations are required for dinner.  Please contact head chef Candace Taylor with number in your party and dietary preferences and restrictions (we are happy to meet the needs of omnivore, vegetarian, gluten, vegan, etc.) to make dinner reservations.

Candace: healin.irie@gmail.com

Tonight- Tuesday June 23, 7:30 PM:

Designing an Ecological Energy Descent Culture

As we acknowledge the convergent crises of the 21st century, we can be overwhelmed with visions of apocalypse- or embrace some of the greatest opportunities to restructure society with ecological and ethical sanity, localized resilience, and abundance.  We explore the relationships between the built environment, food security, energy, water, and natural communities, in order to retrofit this infrastructure to better adapt to a changing and potentially challenging future.  By examining today’s multifaceted problems from a systems perspective, we focus on the intersection of social and ecological health, and find the best opportunities for leverage to affect change in our personal lives and communities.

Professor Keith Morris is the founder of Willow Crossing Farm, and has worked creating healthy ecologically regerative food systems in Europe, Africa, South America, the South Pacific, and throughout North America.

Wednesday- June 24, 7:30 PM:

Inhabit- A Permaculture Perspective

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Wondering what “Permaculture” is all about?  Join us for a beautifully crafted overview of the field- including rural, urban, suburban, homestead, and social-economic examples of this global phenomenon in ecological design and sustainable agriculture.

https://vimeo.com/119915612

  Can’t make it?  Follow this link: http://ykr.be/1efr84hjx5 to watch a preview with the ability to purchase or rent the movie.

Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on the replication of patterns found in nature. INHABIT explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design lens of permaculture. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

From the filmmakers:

The World Premiere of INHABIT had an amazing turnout at Permaculture Voices in California, and got lots of cheers and whoops as each new scene began. We’re estimating a crowd of 500. The following day at our booth we spoke with many people eager to setup their own screenings and many wanted to “finally show a film to their families that explains what this is all about!” We are very excited to see how this film can act as an on-ramp for people new to these ideas and allow the permaculture community to setup screenings as a way to begin the conversation.

Herbal Labyrinth, Sacred Geometry, and Holy Defecation!

Herbal Labyrinth Design and Construction

with the GREEN MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF DRUIDRY

at Willow Crossing Farm

JOHNSON, VERMONT

May 24  9 am – 5 pm

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Ariadne- Mistress of the Labyrinth

Join us for a day of hands-on practice in the design and construction of a medicinal herbal labyrinth- and explore and practice the history of their sacred use.

with Ivan McBeth and Fearn Lickfield of the Green Mountain School of Druidry

and Kori Gelinas of Willow Crossing Healing Arts and Botanicalslabyrinth

$60. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  

A full day of learning, practice and co creation of a new 7 circuit herbal labyrinth! Participants will learn the history and mythology of this ancient spiritual tool, as well as the principles of sacred space, earth energies, spirit of place, design and dowsing.

Hands on learning will include dowsing practice, and installation with stone, herbs, wood chips, and compost. We will complete the day with a ceremony of blessing for the Labyrinth.

Today- Saturday will be an open work party day.  Sunday will be be a classroom presentation and hands-on labyrinth design build learning workshop.

To register contact Kori Gelinas:  Kori@WillowCrossing.org

More details and car pools, etc. in the discussion HERE.

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NEXT WEEKEND!  Join Nick Neddo – author of The Organic Artist – for hands-on wildcrafting your own Paint and Paintbrushes!   Details Here

PLANTS FOR SALE!  We still have beautiful berries, fruit trees, nut trees, and more!  Click HERE

JUNE 6-7!    Hands-on Design Build and Classroom/ Studio Study of the GAP MOUNTAIN MOULDERING TOILET  with co-designer (and Gap Mountain Permaculutre Co-Founder) DOUG CLAYTON!  We’ll study and evaluate a wide array of COMPOST TOILET TECHNOLOGY for regenerative use of waste, and full-circle NUTRIENT CYCLING!  More details will be announced very soon.  Call or email to reserve your space in this weekend workshop.

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The Gap Mountain Mouldering Privy- Designed by Doug Clayton, drawing and design contributions by Dave Jacke

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Permaculture Plant Sale!

PlantSaleWillow Crossing Farm holds one of the most diverse collection of fruits, nuts, berries, vines, and medicinal herbs- in the northeast.   Please stay tuned, as we’ll continue to add varieties and more detailed descriptions to this list.   LIMITED QUANTITIES-  please reserve your plants ASAP. NUT TREES! We have some of the biggest and most beautiful nut trees we’ve ever had available this spring. BUARTNUTS (Juglans x bixbyi):  A hybrid of our native butternut and the heartnut (hence bu-art), offering the hardiness and flavor of butternuts with the prolific nuts and ease of cracking of heartnuts- and resistance to the butternut blight.  These are very large trees which have been root pruned in the nursery to create branching healthy root systems.  These hybrids exhibit ‘hybrid vigor’ and will grow faster and bear sooner than other walnuts.  The first of all of our Juglans plantings to bear here.                                   5′-6′ tall bare root trees: $45      6’+ tall bare root trees: $55  (already overhead!)  Mature trees can also be tapped for syrup. BLACK WALNUTS (Juglans nigra):  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. 2′-3′ tall bare root trees, $25 heartnutHEARTNUTS (Juglans ailantifolia cordiformis):     An attractive and valuable nut tree, with easy to crack mild flavored nuts.  As seedlings, nuts may vary slightly from the archetypical ‘heart’ shape.                               3′-5′ bare root trees, $30

‘COLOSSAL’ CHESTNUT (Castanea x):     A disease resistant hybrid of Japanese and European chestnuts which bears abundant crops of sweet nuts.  1′-2′ bare root trees, $15

‘THETA’ FILBERT (Corylus avellana):      A recent introduction by Oregon Statue Univerisy, this is a true European Filbert with immunity to the Eastern Filbert Blight.  Flavorful, medium sized nuts. $30 tall trees in gallon pots.

FRUIT!

PEARS:  0900

ORCAS:   Discovered on Orcas Island, Washington, this excellent, disease-resistant variety produces good crops of very large and attractive, carmine blushed, yellow pears with smooth, sweet,buttery flesh. Excellent for fresh eating, canning and drying, Orcas is very reliable and productive and ripens in early to mid-September. These beautiful and tasty Pears can weigh of 1 lb. each!  5/8″ caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $30

NIJISEIKI ASIAN PEAR:     One of the most popular Asian Pears, Nijiseiki is a large, crisp, juicy and flavorful, yellowish-green variety. The fruit often found in markets in mesh bags, Nijiseiki ripens in late August into September.                  5/8″ caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $30

CHERRIES:

KRISTIN COLT:    Develo2120ped in Geneva, NY- Kristin is hardier than most Sweet Cherries, and has withstood temperatures to minus 25°F and below, and is generally considered the hardiest sweet cherry.  Kristin produces abundant, large, dark burgundy fruit with flavorful, firm and juicy flesh.    On Colt rootstock- semi-dwarfing (80% of full size ~12-15′).  Colt is adapted to most soils and is hardy, vigorous, productive, and forms a well-branched tree.                                                                                   1/2″ caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $25

LAPINS:  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.   1/2″ caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $25

PLUMS:

ITALIAN:     A sweet, dark purple, freestone Plum with firm, amber flesh, Italian is great for fresh eating and excellent for drying. Widely planted in the Northwest, this European variety is productive, reliable and easy to grow. Italian ripens in late August into September.   3/4” caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $35

APRICOTS:

PUGET GOLD:  Puget Gold was developed in western Washington and is the easiest to grow and most disease resistant Apricot variety we have found.  5/8″ caliper trunk diameter bare root tree, $30

PAW PAWS: The largest fruit native to north america- a delicious mango vanilla custard.  (experimental in our area)

PENNSYLVANIA GOLDEN:  Grafted 9″ Pot $25       

NC-1:  One gallon Pot  $25

CORNELIAN CHERRY: A unique and attractive form

3849of Dogwood, Cornelian Cherry is native to Ukraine and other regions around the Black Sea. Growing as a shrub or small tree, it is valued for its tasty fruit and for its ornamental value. We are pleased to offer you unique Ukrainian varieties that produce large, sweet, and flavorful fruit. Depending on the variety, Cornelian Cherry fruit can taste like a Cherry or a wild plum. It is very high in Vitamin C and is good for fresh eating, preserves, juice, and wine. As an ornamental, Cornelian Cherry is valued for its very early, delicate yellow flowers appearing in early March before the leaves, its yellow and red fall color, and its bright red fruit.

PIONEER:     Pioneer™ bears abundant crops of strikingly large, pear-shaped fruit. Up to 1-1/2″ long, the dark red, early ripening fruit is juicy, sweet, and aromatic.               4′-5′ bare root trees, $30

RED STAR:     Red Star™ bears good crops of large, 1-1/4″ long, oval fruit. A later ripening variety, Red Star™ holds its fruit well into September. The glossy, dark red fruit has an appealing sweet-tart flavor and is very juicy and aromatic.                      5′-6′ bare root trees, $35

RIBES:  Favorites in the traditional european gardens- these fruitful multi-stemmed shrubs will bear in partial shade and make excellent companions to larger fruit trees or borders around annual gardens.  Variety descriptions will be added soon.

WHITE PEARL WHITE CURRANT:  1′-2′ potted:  $15

SWEDISH WHITE:   1′-2′ potted:  $15

CHERRY RED:     2′-3′ potted:  $20

JOSTABERRY BLACK CURRANT:  1′-2′ bare root bushes:  $15 HINNOMAKI RED GOOSEBERRY:   Gallon Pots, 2’+ bush: $25 HINNOMAKI YELLOW:     Gallon Pots, 2’+ bush: $25

SEA BERRIES:      Sea Berries, or Sea Buckthorn, are a promising new crop for VT.  As fruit-producing Nitrogen Fixing plants, they are also excellent additions to any fruit, nut, or berry planting, literally bringing Nitrogen out of the atmosphere and making it available to plants in the soil.  Bred extensively as a superfood in Russia and Germany, sea berry is increasingly being used in a variety of health foods, juices, hair products, and other supplements.  Hardy to -40º. Check out our friends and clients: The Vermont Sea Berry Company.   All Varieties: $25  (Descriptions will be added soon) LEIKORA     RUSSIAN ORANGE      RADIANT      

HONEY BERRIES:     A very hardy and unique small shrub, Honeyberry is a species of Honeysuckle with sweet and tasty fruit. While the Honeysuckle family consists of over 200 species of vines and shrubs, almost all them are used solely as decorative plants. This edible and very hardy species is native to Eastern Siberia, the Russian Far East, and Northern Japan, where, from ancient times, the native people have gathered and consumed the fruit in large quantities. Honeyberry is valued for its tasty blueberry-like fruit, its extremely early ripening, often two weeks before strawberries, and for its exceptional hardiness, to minus 40° F. or below. Great for fresh eating, Honeyberry also makes delicious preserves. BERRY BLUE    BLUE HOKKAIDO   1′-3′ potted:  $20

KIWIS!

These attractive, vigorous, disease and pest free vines can quickly cover a wall, fence, arbor, or trellis.  Their delicious, lime-green (and fuzz free) fruit is sweeter and more flavorful than the store-bought Fuzzy Kiwi, and can be eaten like grapes!  Once established, they survive the coldest winters.  All varieties $25 in Gallon pots
Andrey (M): A super hardy (-40ºF) Eastern Russian male pollinator.
Anna (F):  The most popular variety for commercial production- bearing abundant crops of large, very sweet fruit.
Tatyana (F):  A super-hardy Russian cultivar
Natasha (F):  A super-hardy Russian cultivar
All plant sale proceeds support permaculture research, education, and the reforestation of VT Farms.  Discounts for bulk quantities are available for most plants, subject to availability.
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PERMACULTURE COURSES!
Still spaces in the June 20 – July 2 Farm and Wilderness Immersion Permaculture Design Certification Course!
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INHABIT- A Permaculture Perspective: Pre-Order for Earth Day release!

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Thanks to everyone who came out and made the Burlington screening such an overwhelming success!  Stay tuned (add your email to the top right of this page) for some other special film events coming in the future.

     We are honored and humbled to be included in this stunningly beautiful work of filmmakers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmet Brennan.  Catch it before its Earth Day release to the public, and enjoy it on a big screen!  Join with filmmakers and cast for questions, and a celebration of the film’s completion after the screening.

All proceeds from ticket sales will support the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast, and farm-based permaculture research and education.

Read more about the film below.  You can also pre-order a digital rental or purchase for Earth Day release HERE!

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We’re also excited to announce an Herbal Labyrinth Building Workshop with Ivan McBeth and Fearn Lickfield- more details will be posted here soon, but you can check out the event on Facebook

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This summer’s Permaculture Design Certification Courses are filling fast!

Register now to save your space.  We continue to deepen our practice at Vermont’s longest running Permaculture Research Farm, and invite you to join with students from all over North America and the world in

farm, nature, and ecological design immersion!

We’ll be offering two courses this year one June 20 – July 2 and another July 19 – 31.  Both are optionally available for up to 5 College Credits.

We’re very excited to announce we’ll be joined by author and founder of FOOD Not Lawns HEATHER FLORES and other VERY SPECIAL Guests!

Past special guests in our courses have included Joel Salatin, Dave Jacke, Darren Doherty, Starhawk, Scott Kellogg, and more.

We’ll tour some of the nations most inspiring orchards, vineyards, herb, vegetable, and seed farms, and other ecologically regenerative businesses and develop design for real clients- as well as your own sites!

REGISTER HERE!

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Plant sale details will be announced very soon!  We’ll have thousands of fruits, nuts, berries, vines, nitrogen fixers, medicinal herbs, and other very rare plants available in late April and early May.

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https://vimeo.com/119915612

Follow this link: http://ykr.be/1efr84hjx5 to watch a preview with the ability to purchase or rent the movie.

Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on the replication of patterns found in nature. INHABIT explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design lens of permaculture. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

From the filmmakers:

The World Premiere of INHABIT had an amazing turnout at Permaculture Voices in California, and got lots of cheers and whoops as each new scene began. We’re estimating a crowd of 500. The following day at our booth we spoke with many people eager to setup their own screenings and many wanted to “finally show a film to their families that explains what this is all about!” We are very excited to see how this film can act as an on-ramp for people new to these ideas and allow the permaculture community to setup screenings as a way to begin the conversation.

Our Nut Research Featured in Sunday’s Free Press!

We were honored to have our research and breeding trials featured in this Sunday’s Burlington Free Press Article:

 

Nut farming hard to crack in Vermont

Nut trees serve and protect.

ELMORE – Pears dropped with a distinct plunk as David Fried ambled through a varied crop of fruit and nut trees. Kiwi vines, black walnut trees, and hazelberts lined the path.

Squirrels hoard the nuts, and deer eat the drops, but Fried, 56, isn’t easily goaded. “For us it’s something we like, but for them it’s survival,” he said.

His 18 acres, once an abandoned hay field, is now an abundant Eden in Elmore. After being told only apples could grow this far north, Fried has discovered, over three decades of experimenting, what is possible for Vermont.

His Elmore Roots Nursery has sold about 50,000 fruit and nut trees since he opened for business in 1979.

These trees also protect Vermont’s changing landscape in the face of extreme weather patterns. One tree in particular, the Hazelbert, saved one farm during Tropical Storm Irene three years ago.

Vermont hazelnut trees are called Hazelberts, created by Fred Ashworth who was a fruit explorer in upstate New York in the 1800s. “He crossed a European filbert with an American hazelnut,” Fried said. “We carry on that lineage of his trees.”

A line of Hazelberts on the edge of the Lamoille River saved Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson from heavy damage during Irene and the flooding that preceded that storm. “The trees caught four feet of flotsam,” owner Keith Morris said. “Hazelberts bend and slow the water, then they bounce right back.”

Morris, 36, also owns Prospect Rock Permaculture, a landscape design and build firm that helps people plant protective infrastructure into their homesteads. Morris is on a mission to see more nut trees as shelter belts around vegetation, as wind breaks, animal fencing, and on river’s edges across the state.

Photo Gallery: Eden in Elmore

Nut farming in Vermont is a frontier largely unexplored, Morris said. “We look at how we can make farms more resilient,” he said. “Nut trees and can do that.”

Fried’s certified organic nursery boasts eight different kinds of nut trees. He sells about 600 hazelnut, black walnut, pine nut, bur oak, shagbark hickory, butternut, buartnut and American chestnut annually.

Willow Crossing’s Morris started collecting nut trees in 2000, and Morris experiments with about 3,000 species now. The Hazelbert is the most exciting, he said. “There is a huge market for it,” he said. “Nutella is a great example.”

Nutella is a sweet spread made from hazelnuts that has replaced peanut butter in many homes across the nation recently.

Hazelberts produce nuts within a few years of being planted as opposed to other nut trees that generally take about 10 to 15 years to produce, Morris said.

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While Nutella is a fairly new item in Vermont kitchens, the butternut pie is a long-standing tradition. “Butternut trees have a dear place in my heart, on my farm, and in the entire state for that matter,” Morris said. “Butternuts were a staple crop for most homesteads here for generations.”

Now Butternut trees are endangered. There is a fungal blight in the state. “The outlook isn’t good,” Morris said. “We are working with the state, and with some hybrid trees that are blight resistant.”

Shelburne Farms Head Market Gardener, Josh Carter, has been growing Hazleberts in Shelburne for three years. “We’re thinking our Hazleberts will start producing enough nuts to sell to the Inn next year,” he said.

The Hazleberts were planted to add interesting, non-traditional crops that fit with the farm’s educational mission. “Since we run a farm-to-table restaurant on site we diversity our market garden operation as much of possible for greatest variety in the menu,” Carter said.

 

BUR 0907 Vermont's Nuts 12.JPGNut farming is not economically viable, Carter said. “We don’t grow many nuts around here in the Northeast,” he said.

Growing nuts is similar to growing hops for beer, Carter said. “People like the idea of growing local hops for local breweries, but there’s a lot of infrastructure involved for starting up and brewing for this refined and processed product to make it viable.”

Carter admits he doesn’t have a passion for growing nuts, in particular, but does have a passion for trying different crops and learning as he goes.

Five years from now, everyone might want Hazleberts, Carter said. “It’s always nice to be ahead of the curve,” he said. “We’re building a pool of knowledge to cash in on in the future.”

Morris said he doesn’t think Vermont will ever have a competitive advantage with nut growing, but nut trees are important to the state’s landscape. “With more growers on board, it makes sense to look into nut butters and oils,” he said. “Hazelnut oil from Europe is a very valuable high quality commodity.”

Morris is also working on a hybrid pecan and hickory tree called a hickan tree. “People say pecans won’t grow in Vermont, but they do,” he said.

It might take 15 years to see nuts grow on a hickan tree, but there will be 500 years of nut harvesting after that, with no tilling, weeding, or seeding.

“I hope my work will build a legacy, so that generations of Vermonters to come might have plenty of pecans,” Morris said.

 

 

Contact Lynn Monty at LynnMonty@FreePressMedia.com and follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/VermontSongbird.

 

Thank you Lynn for a great story!

 

Here is a link to the original article:  http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/vermont/2014/09/06/nut-farming-hard-crack-vermont/15214289/

I will return and annotate/ correct this as there’s even more to the story!

 

Stay tuned for an audio file of our Nuts for the Northeast presentation at NOFA MA- we’re also looking for someone who wants to collaborate on making a simple video from the slides or who would like to edit the audio.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and sharing our event with DARREN DOHERTY!  It was a great success.

Out ROOT CELLAR DESIGN BUILD WORKSHOP will be October 18-19- stay tuned for more details or email to register!

Nursery Plants Pre-Orders

Spring 2015 Nursery Sale Pre-Orders

Click HERE for 2015 list

-pre-order and wholesale pricing available to subscribers winter 2015-

Please add your email to the box on the right and confirm your subscription (‘Following Blog’).

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We will have a large variety of select fruits, nuts, berries, and vines proven in the Lamoille Valley of Northern Vermont.  At this time, we do not ship plants.  Plants area available for pickup at the farm in Johnson, VT or our barn in Jeffersonville, VT starting Earth Day- April 22, 2015, and celebrating with Special Events for International Permaculture Day- May 3, 2015.

Please send an email with specific requests- especially if you are looking for wholesale/ orchard/ production/ hedgerow quantities.  Plants are available in bundles of 10 of the same variety for wholesale or farm production planting pricing.

Available as Bare-Root Plants Picked up in Northern Vermont:

Apples      Pears     Walnuts     Hazelnuts     Chestnuts     Hickories and Pecans     Currants and other Ribes     Kiwis      Sea Berries and other N Fixers      Strawberries      Asparagus      Hops      Plums      Cherries     Peaches and Apricots     Hops    Medicinal Herbs and Companion Plants     Grapes     Schisandra     Tobacco     Paw Paws     Honey Berries     

Please see below for some examples of the varieties we had for previous seasons.  We should have all (or most) of these and are looking forward to introducing several more!

Potted Plants:

We have a limited number of plants.

Black Locusts ~2′ tall potted $20.  The exceptionally fast growing Nitrogen Fixing Tree has delicious edible flowers loved by bees.  Its also exceptionally rot resistant and hot burning fire-wood.

Aurora Pear ~6+’ tall grafted Fruit Tree, XL pot- $50

Grafted Paw Paws ~1′ tall in deep pots.  ‘Pennsylvania Golden’ and ‘NC-1′ varieties.

$25 Various Nut Trees ~2′ tall in deep and/ or large pots.  Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Carpathian Walnuts, Butternuts, Buartnuts  $40 each! Sugar Maples  ~5+’ tall potted trees

$30  Kiwis  potted, assorted varieties

$25 Siberian Pea Shrub ~2-4′ tall potted trees.  Beautiful N Fixer with edible flowers and small peas often used as chicken fodder and/ or living fence.   Please stay tuned and follow the blog- our availability and pre-orders for spring 2015 will be announced soon!

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Spring 2014

(for reference only- most of these plants will be available for similar prices Spring 2015)

Hey All! Thanks everyone for your support of our most successful plant sale to date!  By last count we’ve helped place several hundred fruits, nuts, berries, vines, and other useful plants throughout the northeast just this spring! All plants are available for pickup ASAP in Jeffersonville, VT or at Willow Crossing Farm by appointment, unless otherwise noted. All trees are potted in organic compost potting mix.  For the best prices on trees, please subscribe for details about our late April / early May Bare Root Plant Sales. We still have nice, well branched PIXWELL GOOSEBERRIES  $20/ plant- make a small deliciously fruiting, mildly thorny hedge around your garden to keep the critters back! SIBERIAN PEA SHRUB- One of our favorite Nitrogen Fixers, this plant feeds bees, has delicious edible flowers (for people), and its small edible peas are traditionally grown as a chicken feed.  $20/ Plant CONSTORT BLACK CURRANT- widely adaptable, shade-fruiting, delicious- White Pine Blister Rust immune- yum! $20/ Plant HYBRID HAZELS-  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. $30/ tree.  (Available for Pickup this weekend by appointment). SILVER MAPLES- 3-4′ bare root trees.  Stately!  $15/ Plant SOLD OUT SUGAR MAPLES- 4-5′ bare root trees.  The classic!  $25/ Plant LODI GREEN APPLE- 3/4″ truck caliper (over 6′ tall) bare root trees- $30/ plant  SOLD OUT NIJISEIKI ASIAN PEAR- 3/4″ truck diameter (~5′ plant) bare root- $30/ Plant. SOLD OUT AURORA RED BLUSHED PEAR- 3/4″ truck diameter (over 6′ tall)- $50/ Plant. ONE LEFT- BIG TREE! BLACK LOCUST- 18″- Permaculture stacking function ‘superhero': the fastest growing, most rot resistant, hottest burning, thorny, Nitrogen Fixing, bee-supporting, edible flowers. $20/ Plant

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Ericoid Mycorrhizae infect the roots of blueberries, and expand their reaches for minerals, nutrients, and water exponentially!

WATERMAN BERRY FARM ERICOID MYCORRHIZA INNOCULATED MATURE BLUEBERRIES  magic mushrooms for blueberry roots!  MEADER, BLUE GLOD, ELLIOT $35/ Large Potted Plant CONCORD GRAPES– The classic hardy blue grape known for its vigor and disease resistance, and delicious fresh grapes, juices, wine, jams, and preserves. $20/ pot BLACK WALNUTS- 2-3′ bare root trees.  $30 BUTTERNUTS- 12-18″ bare root trees- $25 *CARPATHIAN/ ENGLISH WALNUTS- 2-3′ bare root trees, $40 XANTHOCERAS- 3-4′ bare root trees, $25  SOLD OUT Still just a few potted: KIWIS, SEA BERRIES, ARONIA, ROSES, ARTICHOKES, and some VIKING ASPARAGUS! More details on the plant sale are available here. If you want something left bare root for you let us know! Thanks so much! Keith, Family, and Crew Only a few spaces remain in this summer’s Permaculture Design Certification Course, and we’re able to offer full scholarships to income eligible Vermonters and Women Farmers.  Two spaces will be reserved for ‘second PDC’ students looking to deepen their practice and experience. Happy spring- get planting! Image

Farm Tour with Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Hi Folks-

Just a quick update that we’ll be meeting for a farm tour and presentation with Diana Beresford-Kroeger at 11 am Tomorrow- April 23.  Meeting in the rear of the Latter Day Saints Church in Johnson.

You can read more about Diana HERE

Thanks!

Diana Beresford-Kroeger- EARTH DAY in Johnson!

Prospect Rock Permaculture- Vermont’s Permaculture Institute- in collaboration with JSC’s Green Solutions and the Center for Bioregional Living, is pleased to present a talk with Diana Beresford-Kroeger, free and open to the public, THIS WEDNESDAY APRIL 22 at Johnson State College’s Bentley Science Building Auditorium (room 207) at 4 PM.

Diana is a world-reknown Canadian scientist, whose work is grounded in reverence for the natural world and the rich history of tree’s roles in spiritual life.  She is the author of ‘The Global Forest’, ‘The Sweetness of a Simply Life’, ‘Arboretum America’, ‘Arboretum Borealis’, ‘A Garden for Life’, and other works.

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Please join us and SHARE this event with your friends and networks!

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a visionary natural scientist and druid with a powerful and intimate understanding of our crucial relationship with the global forest, its flora and fauna and its role in our health and well-being. Beresford-Kroeger conducts her experiments in a garden laboratory outside Ottawa and in the house she and her husband built with their own hands.  Her latest book, The Sweetness of a Simple Life, is a handbook for living more harmoniously with nature, for guarding against illness, ensuring the vitality of our children and our pets—and it tells us how to protect ourselves and our environment from the effects of climate change and global warming. Her comprehension of and compassion for the forest is beyond description. She is truly a living treasure.
 
 
A collection of press about Diana and her work- including the New York Times: Beresford-Kroger Press

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There is still space in this June’s Permaculture Design Certification Course– June 19-July 2 reserve your space now in the northeast’s longest running FARM-BASED PDC.  Hands-on Training in Ecological Design- immersion in nature and regenerative systems, natural building, and incredible community working to meet human needs and increase ecological health!  Tuition includes on-farm camping and ENTIRELY LOCAL Organic Farm Sourced Meals.  Scholarships available for VT residents, Women Farmers, and people working on the ground in food systems or food justice in communities of need.

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NURSERY SALES!

We have one of the largest collections of rare fruit and nut trees, medicinal herbs, vines, nitrogen fixing plants, hedgerow and windbreak species, and more!  Plants are only available for a short window in spring- details for pre-order will be announced LATER TODAY!

Thank you for your support of our work- and SHARING this announcement with your friends and networks!

Please share this email or link, or spread the Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1574107769541949/

In Spring,

Keith and Family

Willow Crossing Farm

Grafting Workshop / VT Scionwood Exchange March 21!

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Hi Friends,

Please share this with potentially interested friends and networks. Hope to see you!

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop and 3nd Annual Scionwood Exchange

March 21, 10 am – 4 pm

Willow Crossing Farm
Johnson, VT

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 regenerative DIY farm infrastructure. 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.

$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.

Due to the popularity of this event, you much pre-register. There is a possibility of another event later in March or in April, please send an email to express your interest.
Please RSVP by filling out the registration form and submitting payment via paypal to: Keith@ProspectRock.org, 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.

Stay tuned for details regarding a ART OPENING Saturday Evening and Wild Crafted Inks and Pens Workshop Sunday March 22 with Nick Neddo- author of ‘The Organic Artist’!

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.

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

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As a reminder- only a few spaces remain for our 8th Annual Prospect Rock Permaculture Design Certification Course, June 20- July 2 or July 19 – August 1, 2014

Our Fruit, Nut, BeImagerry, Vine, and Medicinal Plant Sale will be Saturday, May 3- Please pre-order to ensure you can get the plants you want!

Pruning Workshop Rescheduled to March 15

Hi Friends-

The Hands-on Fruit and Nut Tree Pruning Workshop at Willow Crossing Farm has been rescheduled to Sunday March 15.

Event details are here: https://prospectrockpermaculture.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/fruit-and-nut-tree-pruning-workshop-march-7/

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience!

Hopefully you can join us and explore one of the most diverse collections of tree crops in the northeast- and bring home some confidence to tackle your own pruning for fruit, nuts, lumber, or simply tree health and fun!

Please feel free to share with potentially interested friends and networks.

Thank you very much.

Best,
Keith

Willow Crossing Farm
http://www.WillowCrossing.org

Creating ‘ladders’ in apple trees- 2014 Workshop

Inspecting the collar on a Black Walnut branch prune- 2014 Workshop

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