Year-Round Food: Backyard Bioshelter Greenhouse Workshop – November 15, 2014

With Jonathan Bates of Food Forest Farm & Special Guest Eric Toensmeier

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Forget the cold! Come learn with us in the sub-tropics of Western Massachusetts! That’s right we have a piece of Florida in our backyard and we’d love to share it with you.

During the October 2011 snow storm, a tree fell on our greenhouse. Instead of mourning the loss, we realized an opportunity to build a bigger better BIOSHELTER!

Bioshelters are passive solar greenhouses, that produce… (MORE)

Permaculture FEAST article on

For folks in Western Massachusetts who’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to take a permaculture design course, this article is a fantastic introduction to Permaculture FEAST.

Permaculture FEAST to offer 12-day course on design in Holyoke

The Paradise Lot garden site is an integral outdoor learning lab during the course!

Discounted early bird registration ends August 1st!


Create your own Paradise Lot: Food Tasting and Workshop


April 26, 2014 | Holyoke, MA | 10am to 4pm (does not include meals or accommodations)
Cost per person: $120

Spend a day with Jonathan Bates & 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 spring you may taste the early Perennial Vegetables like seakale, turkish rocket, wild leek, toothwort, hablitzia READ MORE AND REGISTER…

Geoff Lawton visit to Paradise Lot

Hey you all. Sorry it has been so long since I last posted anything to the blog. It’s been a very busy summer. The days are getting shorter and the plants are going to sleep. The greenhouse still thinks it is summer though! Some of what has been keeping me busy is the amount of interest we have been having with our garden and greenhouse. One visitor recently topped them all…Read more here.

Fruit tasting and edible forest garden workshop

efg fruit tasting

Come join us for an exciting event this fall. Friday evening October 18, Eric Toensmeier will start us off with an introduction to Paradise Lot and edible forest garden theory and practice. Then, Saturday October 19 we will be touring Paradise Lot learning about the garden and how it was designed, and eating the fruit that is in season. In the afternoon we will tour Tripple Brook Farm for more fruit tasting and a tour of Steve’s wonderful and diverse landscape, seeing mature kiwi vines, chestnuts, hazelnuts, paw paws, apples, persimmons and more!

Sign up for the fruit tasting workshop here.

Or take a full 72 hour Permaculture course, the fruit tasting workshop included.