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!


Paradise Lot release date has finally come

paradiselotcoverJonathan and I have been working on Paradise Lot for almost two years. At first I was reluctant to write the story of our garden. How-to books are really more in my comfort zone. But the more we wrote the more I came to see that our story, complete with all our mistakes and imperfections, was an interesting way to communicate permaculture, edible landscaping, and forest gardening to a broader audience. I received my advance copy in the mail last week and read it through with fresh eyes for the first time. I think we are writing about some topics, especially in the fouth section (“Reap”), that I can’t yet properly express in a theoretical fashion. We are learning some new things, along with many others around the world, that are out ahead enough of our various theories that telling a story might be the best way to communicate them. Buy the book here