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Sourcing nut trees & other permaculture plants from southern Spain & Portugal

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Location: Cantabria, N Spain
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Hi folks,

I'm writing from Abrazo House ecological learning centre in Cantabria, northern Spain, where we are embarking on an expansion of our 16-year-old food forest on a newly purchased 2-hectare site, with a special focus on nut trees as canopy species: sweet acorns (encina), chestnuts, walnuts, pecans, heartnuts, hicans, butternuts, etc. etc.

As the threat of climate change has become an imminent reality, we need to think about planting varieties that are going to thrive in a warmer future, so we are looking to source trees from southern Portugal/Spain which will be able to cope with the projected climate in a few decades. So, I'd like to ask permies who are based in that region —especially southern Portugal which has a similar maritime climate to ours—for their recommendations for the best nurseries and contacts for sourcing permaculture plants, especially nut trees.

Muchas gracias,


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Hi Robert,
happy new year!
Did anyone give you some advice on the food forest source yet?
I am currently researching sources for trees for a possible future food forest in the north of Spain. Reading about your plan and of taking climate change into account was very exciting.
I wanted to make a list of species that are available and a rough estimate for prices.
I would be grateful for any advice on nurseries in the north of Spain.
Un saludo
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