07-04-22 The Enchanted Edible Forest with Dani Baker, author of The Home-Scale Forest Garden
In the June 2022 episode we introduced the concept of a food forest, which is a diverse, perennial garden of edible plants that mimics a forest ecosystem. A food forest, or forest garden, incorporates multiple layers of edible plants to maximize natural resources and minimize the manual work. As we encounter food supply chain disruption and price inflation, this is a timely topic. When it comes to planning, planting and maintaining an edible forest garden, how easy is it to grow a self-sustaining garden?
Guest Dani Baker, owner of the Edible Enchanted Forest, joins us to answer this question. Dani is a permaculture gardener, teacher and author. In her new book, The Home-Scale Forest Garden, she describes forest gardening as a method of agriculture which “requires careful planning and a strong understanding of beneficial inter-species relationships.” Dani is a retired clinical psychologist and a self-taught gardener who learned the craft by immersing herself in reading, poring over nursery catalogs, attending workshops on permaculture and gardening, and engaging in trial-and-error experimentation.
Dani’s Enchanted Edible Forest garden is located at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence River between New York and Canada. She and her partner, David Belding, grow certified organic produce and raise grass-fed beef and goats. Dani conducts workshops and tours in her edible forest garden as well as giving presentations at organic farming conferences and other venues.
Read the Enchanted Edible Forest blog – https://www.enchantededibleforest.com/blog/
Order The Home-Scale Forest Garden by Dani Baker – https://www.enchantededibleforest.com/the-book/
Listen to the Food Forest Abundance episode – https://dreamvisions7radio.com/food-forest-abundance/
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