Eric Toensmeier

Carbon Farming Course, Winter 2015 (NY, USA)

Registration is now officially open for the 2015 Carbon Farming Course, to be held February 3-22, 2015 at the Taconic Retreat Center in New York’s Hudson Valley, USA. Based on your survey responses, the Carbon Farming Team chose a top-notch palette of topics and trainers for the event. Workshops include: Holistic Management & Grazing Keyline Farming Carbon Farming Intensive Financing Regenerative Agriculture Living Soils Restoration Agriculture …and more!

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Intensive Silvopasture – a Win-Win for Carbon and Yield

I don’t have rights to a photo of intensive silvopasture, but in this image we have high density of leucaena with pasture below, thus a very similar pattern. Ethan Roland for scale. As I research my book on carbon-sequestering agriculture I am occasionally struck by particularly promising techniques that mitigate climate change, build soils, and actually increase production of human food or other yields. One such system that has me […]

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Regenerative Farm Enterprise Planning Workshop (Virginia, USA, October 18-23, 2014)

What: Regenerative Farm Enterprise Planning Workshop Where: Shannon Farm Community in Afton, Virginia, USA When: October 18-23, 2014 Who: With Eric Toensmeier, Rafter Sass Ferguson, and Elizabeth Ü Register through Blue Ridge Permaculture. Scaling up ecological agriculture is one of the critical challenges we face in addressing climate change and the global food crisis. Integrated perennial farm businesses are a key part of the solution when planned and managed effectively; […]

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Fukuoka’s Food Forest

Mandarin orange, a main crop of Fukuoka’s food forest. At one time he was shipping an impressive 90 tons of citrus fruit annually Many of us in the permaculture and organic movements have read Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka’s One Straw Revolution, which lays out his ingenious (though hard to replicate) no-till organic rice production system. I was surprised and pleased when, in my job as librarian for the New England […]

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Regenerative Farm Enterprise Planning Workshop (Virginia, USA, October 18-23, 2014)

What: Regenerative Farm Enterprise Planning Workshop Where: Shannon Farm Community in Afton, Virginia, USA When: October 18-23, 2014 Who: With Eric Toensmeier, Rafter Sass Ferguson, and Elizabeth Ü Register through Blue Ridge Permaculture. Scaling up ecological agriculture is one of the critical challenges we face in addressing climate change and the global food crisis. Integrated perennial farm businesses are a key part of the solution when planned and managed effectively; […]

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Useful Plants from Robert Nold’s “High and Dry”

One of the more challenging environments for food production is cold and arid. I’ve been investigating useful perennial plants for that climate for many years. A few years ago I purchased Robert Nold’s High and Dry: Gardening with Cold-Hardy Dryland Plants. Robert isn’t interested in growing these plants for food, but he has an incredible wealth of knowledge and years of experience in growing plants in his Littleton, Colorado garden […]

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Integrated Ecological Design With Brad Lancaster and Eric Toensmeier (Colorado, 25 July – August 8, 2014)

What: Study integrated ecological design with two of the foremost instructors and practitioners in permaculture. When: Friday July 25-Sunday August 8th Where: Woodbine Ecology Center, Colorado, USA Longevity. Abundance. Regeneration. Oases. Beauty. Bounty. Plant the Rain. Garden Like a Forest. Design With Natural Patterns. Learn water harvesting and earthworks techniques, and how to create edible forest gardens, for easier, more long-lasting, beautiful yields and resiliency. Through studying examples and hands-on […]

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Summer Berries in a Humid Cold Temperate Climate (USA)

Berries are quick to bear and just make life better As the perennial vegetable season dries up, berries are coming into full swing. Foraging for fresh fruit in the backyard was a key goal in our garden and this is reflected in the diversity and abundance of berries we enjoy. Within two to three years, all of our berries were yielding well and many were filling in to form nice […]

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Create Your Own Paradise Lot and Berry Tasting Workshop (July 12, 2014, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA)

When: July 12, 2014, 9-4pm Where: Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA Spend a day with Jonathan Bates and Eric Toensmeier, the co-designers and managers of the garden that inspired the book Paradise Lot. We will tour the garden and sample the vegetables and fruit that are in season. In summer you may taste blueberries, raspberries, jostaberries, currants, gooseberries, marionberries and many more!

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Agroforestry Support Species for Cold Climates

A silk tree in my garden, serving as living trellis to arctic kiwifruit; also shade provider for shade crops including currant, mayapple, fuki, and edible hosta. Also fixes nitrogen. Rafter Ferguson’s recent excellent article “Permaculture for Agroecology” (PDF) challenges the permaculture movement to read up on what’s happening in related fields like agroecology and agroforestry. I’m particularly interested in learning from the well-established agroforestry practices of the tropics to see […]

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Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry Workshop with Eric Toensmeier (Vermont, June/July, 2014)

Butternut, hazel, sunchoke and elderberry: nuts, fruits, tubers, and beneficial insects! What: Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry Workshop Where: Huntington, VT, USA Want to learn about edible forest gardens, agroforestry, and commercial food forest business development for cold, humid climates? This is the workshop for you! Choose from an introductory weekend and an advanced six-day intensive. For more information or to register click here.

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Spring: Season of Perennial Vegetables in the Cold-Climate Garden (MA, USA)

Excerpted from Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier with contributions from Jonathan Bates. Bates and Toensmeier will be hosting a perennial vegetable tasting and edible landscaping workshop at their garden in Holyoke, MA, USA this April 26, 2014. Jonathan Bates with spring perennial vegetables From the beginning of my interest in plants for permaculture and edible landscaping I identified perennial vegetables as a real gap in the available information. Nobody seemed […]

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