Garden work day Sunday May 19

Hello all,

Our next garden work day is Sunday, May 19. Free as always but space is limited, register here. Projects will include installing a yamberry trellis, opening up the greenhouse for spring, and planting, weeding and transplanting. Also we will be hand-pollinating pawpaws if you’d like to learn how to do that.

Foods to sample will likely include sea kale broccoli, perhaps asparagus and milkweed shoots, mioga ginger shoots, edible-leaf goji and more.

Here’s a photo of sea kale “broccolettas” coming in nicely. We eat the flowerbud, long tender stem, and accompanying young leaves. Quite delicious.IMG-1859.JPG


April work day this Sunday

We’ll have our second spring work day this Sunday the 25th from 9am-12pm. We’ll do some planting and transplanting, replace an edible hedge with an even better edible hedge, and sample the perennial vegetables of spring. Sign up here.

The tender delicious growth of Caucasian spinach (Hablitzia tamnoides, photo below) is one of the delights of spring in the forest garden.


Final work day of the season

Hello everyone,

This Saturday we’ll have our final garden work day for 2018. Not so much fresh fruit to sample this time of year (citrus almost ready in the greenhouse, some ground cherries and persimmons outside), but lots to do and some seed and plants to share. And some of our perennial vegetables like Korean celery are coming back into tender, delicious growth.

Projects will include: kiwi trellis construction, compost management, greenhouse winterization, and lots of planting in the greenhouse to start fun new perennial crops for spring.

You can sign up here.


Garden work day this Saturday October 6 9am-12pm

It’s peak tree fruit season. Pawpaws, American persimmons, Asian pears, boiled yamberries… our chestnuts will kick in any day as well. Come help out with seasonal tasks and sample some fall fruits and vegetables. Sign up here to let us know you’re coming. Getting to be a good time of year to send people home with seeds again, we have Korean celery, yamberry and more.






Work day Saturday September 8th

Hi everyone, we’ll be having another work day from 9am-12pm this Saturday, September 8th, 2018. It will include weeding, harvesting, and pruning. We’ll also start seeds for winter greenhouse vegetables. Sign up here.

We’ll be tasting peaches, Asian pears, the last clove currants, and other seasonal delights.

A longer-term project we’ve started is to update the map and species list for our garden. Here’s the first installment: trees and shrubs over 12′ tall.

Woody plants which are or will grow to be over 25′ tall

  • Amelanchier serviceberry “autumn brilliance” edible fruit
  • Asimina triloba pawpaw “Shenandoah” and seedlings, edible fruit
  • Castanea mollissima Chinese chestnut,  edible nuts
  • Cudrania tricuspidata, che, edible fruit (has not yet fruited)
  • Diospyros virginiana, American persimmon, “Yates” and unknown male and female, edible fruit
  • Morus alba, mulberry, “white fruiting” edible fruit and leaves

Woody plants which are or will grow 12-25′ tall

  • Alnus cordata, Italian alder, coppiced, nitrogen fixer
  • Amorpha fruticosa, false indigo, nitrogen fixer, beneficial insects, living trellis
  • Corylus spp, hazelnut hybrids, edible nuts
  • Diospyros kaki, Asian persimmon, edible fruit (has not yet fruited)
  • Hamamelis virginiana, witch hazel, medicinal
  • Lindera benzoin, spicebush, fruit used like allspice
  • Morus macrura, Himalayan mulberry “Geraldi dwarf”, edible fruit
  • Morus alba, edible-leaf mulberry, coppiced, edible leaves
  • Phyllostachys aureosulcata, P. nidularia, P. nuda, bamboos, edible shoots, material for garden projects
  • Prunus persica, peach, edible fruit
  • Pyrus spp, Asian pear, edible fruit
  • Pyrus communis, European pear, edible fruit
  • Senna hebecarpa, native senna, nitrogen fixer
  • Tilia cordata, littleleaf linden, coppiced, edible leaves
  • Toona sinensis, Chinese toon, coppiced, edible leaves

Garden work day SaturdayAugust 18, 9am-12pm

Hello everyone, we’ll be back out in the garden from 9am to 12pm this Saturday, August 18. Out activities will mostly be weeding and harvesting. We’ll have the chance to sample some seasonal fruits (lots of peaches) and vegetables (sweet potato greens, yard-long beans, and some others).

If you’d like to see what an permaculture edible landscape looks like after a dozen  years, this is a good place to do that. Sign up here.



An excellent work day

We had a fantastic work day today with people from New York, Boston, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Lots of weeding was done, we drilled shiitake logs, and plenty of berries were consumed. IMG_2815Here’s the sampling plate we served of seasonal vegetables. Clockwise from top: squash shoots, fragrant spring tree, perennial kale, edible-leaf mulberry, littleleaf linden. In center squash blossoms, black nightshade greens, milkweed pods.

Thanks to everyone who came.