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Nuts for the Northeast at NOFA NH

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Nuts for the Northeast- Keith Morris presenting at NOFA NH Saturday, January 30, 2016

Snowy Greetings!

We’ve been taking some time away from the computer- but now that the days are getting longer, our minds are on spring and all of the great things we have in store!

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Nuts for the Northeast

NOFA NH Winter Conference

With Keynote by WES JACKSON!!

Rundlett Middle School, 144 South Street, Concord, NH

     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.
Keith Morris is the founder of Willow Crossing Farm and is Professor of Permaculture Design at the University of Vermont.  As a grower, builder, and designer, he has created ecologically regenerative and economically viable food systems in New Zealand, Colorado, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Quebec, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nigeria, Ghana, Denmark, and the Netherlands- working regularly throughout New England and in New York City.  He has spent over 20 years developing permaculture with farms, towns, schools, indigenous peoples, squats, activists, and in solidarity with exploited populations.
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.
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Medicine Womyn’s Winter Retreat– February 6, 2016  SOLD OUT

In the heart of the winter, we are invited to go deep within and learn different ways to heal and connect with ourselves and our community. Join us for a day of connection, of inspiration, of nourishment, healing and sisterhood.  We will be offering many amazing workshops throughout the day – some based on Botanical medicine aka Plant magick: Aromatherapy, Flower Essence and Herbalism…some based on different types of Art; Fiber arts-Weaving/Felting….some based on Movement and Yoga. There will be Kirtan, music and sacred song. There will be herbal teas, healing broths, yummy foods, and nourishment all day long. This amazing space has saunas that we can use, and hot tubs to soak in…

Stay in touch for more info about the Summer Medicine Womyn’s Summer Retreat August 13-14

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1st Annual Medicine Womyn’s Retreat – 2015

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Pruning the Forest Garden- February 27, 2016   REGISTER NOW

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

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5th Annual Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange- April 2, 2016   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 9th 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.

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

Best,

Keith and Family

INHABIT: Willow Crossing Farm- a Productive Riparian Buffers Video Vignette

UPDATE!  There will be a special screening of the FULL FILM with cast and crew members APRIL 3 at the ROXY THEATRE in Burlington, VT- Stay tuned for more details and email us for advance ticket reservations.

Hi Folks!

I know we’ve been sending out a lot of plant sale announcements lately, so we just wanted to take a minute and THANK YOU for supporting our work!

Here’s a short vignette of our riverbank reforestation work captured on the water and created by filmmakers Costa Boutsikaris and Emmett Brennan captured last spring.Costa

Enjoy!

Costa successfully funded the Northeastern Permaculture Documentary in 2012

with footage taken here with Prospect Rock Permaculture at Willow Crossing Farm.

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They are now fundraising for the finished product, which is looking incredible! Check it out:

We’ve put a few hundred more fruits, nuts, berries, vines in the ground this spring thanks to your support of our work!

Next week, we’ll begin design and installation for a Permaculture Plant Nursery at St. Michael’s College, while training the schools first Permaculture Design Certification Students!

I’ll be announcing a few public events if you’d like to come check out a film or speaker, meet the students, and network with some other professional growers, ecological designers, and builders.

Bare root Hybrid Hazelnuts, Black Locust, and Gooseberries are still available from the farm. A limited selection of all of our plants will be available in pots by appointment throughout the summer.

Stop by or give a call if you want to pitch in on some farm building or tree planting this spring, and otherwise I hope to be off the computer!

Peace and Trees!
Keith

May Plant Sale!

The most up to date info for plant availability is HERE

This is Spring 2014 data for reference- many of these varieties (and more) will be available for pre-order and pick up in April – May 2015

 

CHERRIES     NUT TREES     CURRANTS     GOOSEBERRIES     SEA BERRIES     PEACHES     PEARS     BLUEBERRIES     GRAPES     HARDY KIWIS      NITROGEN FIXERS    MAPLES     CRANBERRIES     HONEY BERRIES     HOPS     ASPARAGUS     MEDICINAL HERBS

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Please pre-order and read below for details.

Vermont’s oldest Permaculture Research and Education Institute is pleased to announce the details for our annual Nursery Plant Sale!

We’re excited to share some of our favorite Vermont-Proven Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Vines, and Medicinal Herbs, and the results of almost 15 years of breeding, selection and tree crops research here in Northern Vermont.  Our trees are specifically selected to be valuable additions to your yard, garden, or landscape, and intended to be components of diverse

Edible Forest Gardens, Edible Landscaping, Specimen Trees, Windrows/ Hedgerows, Wildlife Corridors, Deer Yards,  Riparian Buffers, Vineyards, and Productive Orchards.

We also offer some of our favorite Medicinal Herbs as Companion Plants and Understory Plantings, and a variety of

 Nitrogen Fixing, Nutrient Accumulating, and Pollinator Feeding support plants.

100% of the Proceeds from this sale further Permaculture Research, Education, and Productive Reforestation for Vermont’s Fields, Farms, and Floodplains- supporting more diverse, resilient, and nourishing tree crop propagation for cold climates.

Willow Crossing Farm is working to demonstrate and spread Climate Resilient, Multi-Generational, Ecologically Regenerative, Carbon-Negative, Income Producing, Nutrient Dense, Valuable Sugar and Lumber Producing, Pollinator Supporting,                     Soil Building, Flood Tolerant Tree Crops for Vermont’s Farms, Yards, Gardens, and Cities.

Plants will be available for pickup Friday May 2, Saturday May 3, Friday May 9, and Saturday May 10.

Please SHARE this with your friends and networks who may be interested!

Some plants will also be available at The Farm Store in Jeffersonville, VT and larger orders are able to be delivered into Burlington.

It is strongly recommended that you Pre-Order plants, as many will sell out.  Some Bare Root plants will only be available during earlier pick up dates, and some of the Medicinal Herbs may not be available until the later dates.

* Asterisks indicate experimental plants for our region- typically, these are plants that can survive Vermont winters, but may not reliably bear crops every season.  Most are suited to the Champlain Valley and some of Vermont’s warmer microclimates, and will be more marginal in colder microclimates.  All are bering grown here in the Lamoille River Valley of Johnson, VT.

Please ask about quantity discounts for orchards, nut groves, vineyards, and working farms.

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2014 OFFERINGS:

All plants are in VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES- its best you CONTACT US if you’re coming for anything in particular.

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CHERRIES (few remain):

Kristin Cherry:  1″ caliper diameter, bare root.  Developed 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.  Best with Lapins or another sweet cherry as a pollinator.  $35

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*Lapins Cherry:  5/8” diameter, bare root.  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.  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.   $30

PEARS:

“Aurora”: 5/8″ caliper diameter, bare root.  One of the best tasting pears you can grow, Aurora was developed in Geneva, NY and keeps well into December.  $30

“Nijiseiki”  5/8″ caliper diamter, bare root.  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.  Can pollinate and be pollinated by European Pears.   $30

APPLE:

‘Lodi’ 3/4″ caliper diamter, bare root.  The “early bird” of the orchard. Be the first in your neighborhood to enjoy homemade pies, cider and applesauce. While similar to Yellow Transparent, these apples are larger and keep better. Resistant to powdery mildew. Cold-hardy. Ripens in July.  A licensed vareity of Cornell University.  $40

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NUT TREES

Black Walnut:  2-3′, Bare Root.  A stately ornamental and the most valuable timber tree, Black Walnut grows very well- capable of growing to 100 ft. or more in height, Black Walnut’s broad spreading form is awe inspiring. For timber production, trees should be planted close together or within rings of Black Locust, Sea Berry or other N Fixers to encourage upright growth, straight trunks, and help fertilize the soil.  Black Walnut nuts are rich, flavorful, and nutrient dense- high in beneficial fats, oils, and proteins.  Great for fresh eating and in baked goods. Able to be tapped for syrup.  These 3 year old seedlings are 4-5 ft. in height and well-rooted.  $20Image

Shagbark Hickory:  3-4′, Bare Root.  A beautiful and interesting tree, the shagbark hickory bears delicious nuts and is valuable to wildlife, serving as a summer roost for VT’s rare bats.  Valuable lumber, firewood, and able to be tapped for syrup.  $25

Butternut: 12’18”, Bare Root.  Lamoille Valley’s native White Walnut.  A beautiful specimen tree, valuable lumber, able to be tapped for syrup, and produces delicious oily nuts.  This species is listed as endangered and most are succumbing to the Butternut Canker- lets plant more and select the survivors!  $20

*Hardy Pecan:  2-3′, Bare Root.  Created by using wild tree germplasm from the Northern-most parent plants found in Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan.  Selections are based primarily on the early ripening characteristics.  Trees are surviving well in Northern VT, but may or may not be able to fully ripen their nuts. $25

*Carpathian/ English Walnut:  2-3′, Bare Root.  This is the species of walnut used in commercial walnut production- high quality nuts, thin shelled, full flavored.  We are propagating from zone 4 survivors.  $25

*Manregion Walnut:  4’5′, Bare Root. This hardy form of English Walnut is prized for its large, easy to crack, and delicious nuts. Plant with other J. regia for cross-pollination.  This is highly experimental for northern VT, and is recommend for trials in the Champlain Valley, Southern VT, MA, NH, etc.   $25

Hybrid Hazels:  12-18″, Bare Root.  The parents of our strain of hazelnuts come from breeding programs in Alberta, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and upstate New York.  Our breeding goals include: high yields, pest & disease resistance, suitability for low-input and certified organic conditions.  Our seed is open-pollinated, and selected from the top producing plants in pollen-controlled breeding plots.  Beautiful ornamentally, suitable for hedges, windbreaks, privacy screens, and living snow fence.  Nuts rich in beneficial fats, proteins, and oils.  $15

Jefferson Filbert:  1 gallon pots.  One of the latest selections from Oregon State University, this disease-resistant european filbert bears abundant crops of very large, delicious hazelnuts. Derived from Barcelona, the main commercial variety, Jefferson is even more productive and immune to Eastern Filbert Blight.  Plant with other hazels for cross-pollination.  $20

Seedling American Chestnut: ~18″ Bare Root.

Xanthoceras (Yellowhorn) 3-4′ Bare Root.

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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: $20

Leikora (F):  2-3′ Bare Root.  Prized for both its fruit and its striking branches, often used in floral displays.  Leikora bears abundant crops of high quality  large, juicy, flavorful, bright orange berries, ripening in early Sept. and remaining on the plant even after heavy frost. 

Radiant (F):  1 gallon pots.  A valuable Siberian variety, Radiant™ is prized for its large, juicy and flavorful fruit, which is particularly high in Vitamin C. Radiant™ forms a compact, attractive shrub growing to about 8 ft. in height.  
Russian Orange (F):  1 gallon pots.  A particularly attractive, vigorous, and productive, medium-size shrub, Russian Orange™ bears abundant crops of very large, flavorful, dark orange berries. Russian Orange™ also features unusually lush, grayish green slender foliage.
Titan™ (F):  1 gallon pots.  One of our favorites and most popular varieties, Titan™ bears abundant crops of very large, bright orange berries. Very flavorful and aromatic, they make delicious juice and preserves and grow to about 10 ft. in height.  Russian Selection.
Male (M): 1 gallon pots.  An attractive ornamental shrub and important pollinator for the many varieties we offer, our Male is covered with striking large, dark golden-brown flower buds in winter and spring. One Male plant can pollinate up to 8 female plants.
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HARDY KIWI
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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 $20, Anna is $15.
Andrey (M): 1 gallon pots.  A super hardy (-40ºF) Eastern Russian male pollinator.
Anna (F):  3.5″ pots.  The most popular variety for commercial production- bearing abundant crops of large, very sweet fruit.
Hardy Red (F):  1 gallon pots.  A unique variety with attractive red-fleshed sweet-tart kiwi berries.
Rossana (F):   1 gallon pots.  An Italian variety, and favorite from our trials.  Good crops of large, red-blushed delicious fruit.
Male (M):  1
gallon pots.
RIBES:
Ribes are all of our currants, gooseberries, and jostaberries.  Some of the best shade-tolerant fruit, all the ribes make excellent understory plantings beneath fruit trees- a traditional pattern in the community gardens throughout Eastern Europe.  They are rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants, and make for excellent tart fresh fruit, jams, jellies, juices, vines, dried berries, and other preserves.
CURRANTS:
Black Currants:  “Blackdown”, “Consort”, Jostaberry
Red Currants:    “Cherry Red”, “Perfection”
White Currants:  “Blanka”
GOOSEBERRIES: “Captivator” and “Pixwell”
GOJI BERRY:
 “Crimson Star” 1 Gallon Pot.
ARONIA:  
“Nero”  1-2′ Bare Root.
HONEY BERRY:  
“Berry Blue”  2-3′ Bare Root
“Smokey Blue”  2-3′ Bare Root
PAW PAW:
“NC-1”    Deep Pots.
“Pennsylvania Golden”  Deep Pots.
Seedling 
CRANBERRY:
“Pilgrim” 1 Gallon Pots.
ARTICHOKE:
“Green Globe”
GRAPES:
“Concord”, “King of the North”
APPLE:
“Lodi”:     3/4 Diameter bare root
PEACHES:
“Reliance”  3/4 diameter Bare Root.
“Early Red Haven”   3/4 Caliper Diameter Bare Root.
BLUEBERRIES:
“Jersey”
“Berkeley
STRAWBERRIES:
Seascape
HOPS:
“Nugget”
JUNEBERRIES/ SASKATOON:
Saskatoon Serviceberry 2-3′ Bare Root.
NITROGEN FIXERS:
Black Locust
Siberian Pea Shrub
Please check back later as I will continue to update prices and the varieties for Asparagus, Medicinal Herbs, and more!
Please share this email or link to this webpage via your networks!
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June 21-22:  NATURAL BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP!  With SAM COMFORT of Anarchy Apiaries, and a special focus on Native Pollinators.
Thanks- look forward to seeing you at the farm this spring!

 

 

 

2013 EARTH ACTIVIST TRAINING Sept. 7-21

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2013 Earth Activist Training (EAT)

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At Willow Crossing Farm and Wildlife Refuge

Johnson, VT

September 7 – 21, 2013

with Starhawk, Charles Williams, Keith Morris, Lisa DePiano, Skotty Kellogg, and Special Guests

Permaculture, earth-based spirituality, organizing and activism… with Starhawk and a team of stellar teachers and designers.

An Earth Activist Training can set your life on a new path…or show you how to save the world. Green solutions are sprouting up all around us, but permaculture shows us how to weave them together into systems that can meet human needs and regenerate the natural world. EAT is practical earth healing with a magical base of ritual and nature awareness, teaching you to integrate mind and heart, with lots of hands-on practice and plenty of time to laugh.

Our two-week intensives are Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) scourses, offering the basic, internationally-recognized 72-hour permaculture curriculum with an additional focus on social permaculture, organizing tools, and spirit.

To Register, please click here.                                                                                                                                                                               For more information about Earth Activist Training (EAT) please visit here.

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Starhawk is a world-reknown author, activist, permaculture designer, and one of the foremost voices in earth-based spirituality. Her twelve books include The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and The Earth Path, and her first picture book for children, The Last Wild Witch.  She has lived and worked collectively for thirty years, and her book on group dynamics is just out: The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups.

Starhawk is a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, and is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism.

Earth Activist Trainings were founded by Starhawk as intensive seminars that combine permaculture design, political organizing, and earth-based spirituality.  With over ten years of experience in permaculture design and teaching, she has pioneered the application of permaculture principles to social organizations, policy and strategy.  Since its first course in May of 2001, Earth Activist Trainings has graduated over 600 students who now shepherd projects that range from community power-down strategies in Iowa City to water catchment programs in Bolivia, from inner city gardens in San Francisco to women’s programs in the West Bank of Palestine.  Starhawk’s own expertise is in the communication of ecological systems thinking through images, writing, and innovative teaching techniques.

Starhawk is perhaps best known as an articulate pioneer in the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. She is a cofounder of Reclaiming, an activist branch of modern Pagan religion, and continues to work closely with the Reclaiming Community.

Charles WilliamsCharles, a certified permaculture designer, comes to EAT through a love of the wild, faith that healthy communities can solve complex problems, and a belief that working with one’s hands is sacred work.

Over the past two decades he has stewarded many pieces of land throughout the United States, including Diana’s Grove in Missouri, Farm & Wilderness summer camp in Vermont, and Golden Rabbit Ranch in California. His approach simultaneously promotes both preservation of wild spaces and conservation of the domestic. His deep respect for and relationship with the divine in nature informs all he does, integrating spiritual practices with land management. Charles also understands the need for healthy community and knows that skilled human implementation is an essential part of any design. In these challenging times, he finds hope for the future through the interlocking, symbiotic relationship of spirit, community, and action.

Charles is a talented facilitator and conflict mediator. He has worked with many groups, from mass mobilization meetings with over 100 people to a handful of people working for progressive organizations, from Quaker-style Unity to anarchist-style consensus, from inexperienced teens to highly trained professionals. Through a rough and rugged process he has gained an eye for what helps build community and support.

As an accomplished tinker Charles brings a wide range of practical and somewhat obscure hand skills. He has installed complex systems such as solar electric arrays, gray water filters, and veggie oil diesel conversions. He has implemented simple systems such as emergency water filtration, humanure composting toilets, and rotational grazing plans. He is talented in wilderness tracking, solo canoeing, gathering and tending wild edibles, starting fire by hand, and mapping. He loves to work with his hands, whether he is tanning hides or repairing a generator, and this love is reflected when he teaches EAT’s hands-on segments.

Charles believes that no problems are unsolvable as long as we work together to develop and implement our plan effectively and honor the holy in our work.

 

Top Bar 2Keith Morris has been applying his lifelong love of nature and culture and experience as an activist to permaculture and ecological design since 1996 — working as a designer, builder, grower of ecologically regenerative, socially just, commercially viable, and culturally appropriate whole-systems around the world.
He is the founder of Prospect Rock Permaculture (www.prospectrock.org), Willow Crossing Farm (www.willowcrossing.org), co-founding board member of the Permaculture Institute of the NorthEast (P.I.N.E. ), and teaches permaculture and ecological design The University of Vermont, Sterling College, the Yestermorrow Design/ Build School, and with other community organizations.
He specializes in farm infrastructure design/ build and is an accomplished beekeeper, nurseryman, and social entrepreneur.  For the past 17 years, he’s been consulting with forward-thinking landowners, community organizations, schools, towns, farmers, homesteaders, watershed organizations, land trusts, and others to interpret ecological context and make human-managed ecosystems more connected, beautiful, and productive-   assisting people to better grow food, build soil, secure fresh water, harvest the sun, and harmonize with natural communities.
While his expertise is integrated farm infrastructure and tree crops systems for cold temperate/ arctic climates, he works regularly in New York City and has designed and implemented systems in New Zealand, Colorado, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Quebec, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nigeria, Ghana, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

MARK SHEPARD in MONTPELIER, VT

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TONIGHT- MARK SHEPARD in MONTPELIER!
7 pm at the UU Church located at 130 Main St.

Mark is one of the nation’s foremost large-scale permaculture and reforestation farmers.

Author of ‘Restoration Agriculture’ will be giving a talk and doing a book signing at 7:00pm TONIGHT Sunday September 22nd. “Restoration Agricultural” explains how we can have all the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing food, building, fuel and many other needs. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the leaders in broad acre sustainable agriculture speak about his experience on 106 acre New Forest Farm in Wisconsin. Donations for rental of the space and gas money will be appreciated, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
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Productive Riparian Buffers and Tree Crops Tour

The female flowers of a ‘Buartnut’, which have been hand pollinated by Butternut- giving us Vermont’s first ‘ButterBuarts’!

Hi Friends and Colleagues,

Here is a last minute invitation to any of you who may be interested in joining a small group of students, researchers, and folks with NOFA and UVM Extension for an informal tour of the ‘productive buffers’ and Tree Crops collection at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT.

As our rivers, riverside farms, and riverside towns are increasingly put to the test with erratic weather we look forward to contributing to the conversation about the health of our rivers and agricultural economy with over a decade of experience testing 100s of species of plants suitable for ‘productive buffers’ and productive floodplain reforestation.  This event is to prelude a larger event this fall, and a multi-day ‘Tree Crops Symposium’ scheduled for the late spring of 2013 with some of the world’s foremost experts in tree crops, nut production, agroforestry, and non-timber forest products.

Willow Crossing Farm (Prospect Rock Permaculture) has been dedicated to making floodplain reforestation profitable and ecologically regenerative since 2001.  Through combinations of native riparian plants with both native and rare nut, fruit, sugar, timber, and firewood producing trees, berries and medicinal herbs, we’ve worked to reforest our river’s corridors and flood prone sections of our farm aiming to prevent erosion; conserve soil and nutrients; shade waterways and improve water quality; create fish, wildlife, and pollinator habitat; and offset atmospheric carbon- all while adding to our long-term bottom line.

We grow many different varieties of plums, apples, cherries, pears, apricots, peaches, berries, paw paws, and over 17 species of nut trees.

Last summer, our systems were put to the test with two 500 year floods within 4 months and largely performed as designed- catching and diverting flotsam and protecting cultivated areas, greenhouses, and other farm infrastructure.  Now, we are inviting other farmers, and anyone interested in watershed health and the potential for ecologically regenerative and carbon-negative farming systems to take inspiration from our trials, and share in our mistakes, successes, and other information gained.

Please be in touch with Keith Morris (Keith@ProspectRock.org or (802) 734-1129) if you are interested in attending.

Please feel free to share with students or other potentially interested contacts or networks.

Best,
Keith

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