[Sdpg] NEW BOOK Paradise Lot Two Plant Geeks One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City by Eric Toensmeier
Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
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Sat Nov 17 20:22:58 PST 2012
Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible
Garden Oasis in the City
by Eric Toensmeier
"Eric has a leisurely, entertaining, and personable way of revealing how
his own edible forest garden evolved. Along the way, the reader will
learn design guidelines that can be used in virtually any climate. A
good read full of insight and science."
—Robert Kourik, author of Designing and Maintaining Your Edible
How we did it and the challenges along the way.
When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a
run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was
barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete,
asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would
become not just another urban farm, but a “permaculture paradise”
replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa—all
told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an
innovative food forest on a small city lot. The garden—intended to
function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing
most of the garden’s needs for fertility, pest control, and weed
suppression—also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated
greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and even silkworms.
In telling the story of Paradise Lot, Toensmeier explains the principles
and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food
plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and, of course, the
adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process. Packed full of
detailed, useful information about designing a highly productive
permaculture garden, Paradise Lot is also a funny and charming story of
two single guys, both plant nerds, with a wild plan: to realize the
garden of their dreams and meet women to share it with. Amazingly, on
both counts, they succeed.
About the Author
Eric Toensmeier calls himself a "socially engaged plant geek." He has
spent much of his adult life exploring edible and otherwise useful
plants and how they can be used in designed ecosystems. He is also
co-author with Dave Jacke of the two-volume permaculture design manual
Edible Forest Gardens.
Eric has worked as a small farm trainer at the New England Small Farm
Institute (Belchertown, MA) (www.smallfarm.org) and currently manages
the Tierra de Oportunidades new farmer program of Nuestras Raices
(www.nuestras-raices.org) in Holyoke, MA. There he is designing and
installing a permaculture landscape in concert with immigrant farmers ...
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