I've recently purchased property (deal just closed!) in Southern New Brunswick (Zone 5a/b). I'm looking for examples of other folks who have planted food forests in similar climates (so far I've seen Trevor Philps on here and found the website for the Falls Brooks Centre in Knowlesville NB but I'm interested in seeing as many examples as I can.
I'm hoping to learn what kinds of crops/trees/etc people are planting in their food forests and kitchen gardens and how people are integrating greenhouses into their systems. How are our winters affecting you and your crops and how do you mitigate those affects? How and what are you storing during the winter? My Family has been in the atlantic provinces since long before the world wars and the industrialization of this part of the world so I'm familiar with what they would have done, but they weren't cultivating 'food forests' exactly.
Regarding food forests I'm interested in examples of food forests being created out of what is already healthy woodland...which is what my property is. Most of the stuff I've seen assumes a certain amount of rehabilitation of former monoculture farming or pasture OR at least has large cleared areas (Geoff Lawton for example). I have NO cleared space except a few small meadows and wetlands and would love to know how others with similar properties proceeded with transforming it into a productive and abundant food forest.
I'm fairly new to this whole idea of permaculture though not to rural life, hunting/fishing, off grid living and low tech systems. I am not a gardener...yet...and this is where I'm hoping to get some advice and see some examples.
Aquaculture in our cold climate anyone?
I thought I'd start here since much of this is a call for regional examples BUT i will be reposting some of my specific questions from in here, onto their appropriate forums..Somebody tell me if that's a superfluous cross post and should be avoided.
Congrats. On getting your land! It's definitely possible to do small scale aquaculture where you are. Im not too far from you, just outside Moncton, and I have trout in my garage. They love the cold water, warm water is the bigger issue. I watch water temps., every few days I take a couple pails of water from the tank to water the veggie patch and replace it with cold well water. I have done some small aquaponic set ups in the past and plan to again in the future, as I had good plant growth.
I also have a few acres of woodland that I got last year. I plan on doing some selective cutting to let a little light in and create small clearing but that's all still on paper atm. Good luck and keep us updated.
How's progress? NOT FAST ENOUGH! In fact, its at a stand still if you judge but the action on the land...the advantage to the slow progress has meant more chances to see the spot in different seasons, more research, more observation without direct action. I continue to save toward the road fund, which is reaching a useful sum, and envision the possibilities for the first steps beyond that.
So for the moment I'm still stuck to city life as my partner negotiates a career change that will in fact be perfect once we hit NB in a permanent way. She's taking advantage of the cheap/free vocational training here in Quebec while I save, and continue to learn. I did the Whole Systems Design PDC this summer, which was very enriching and continue to diversify my own career work. Its a challenge in my city situation to really employ permaculture in the way that I'd like, but its forced me to try things that I maybe wouldn't have tried otherwise...again creating great learning experiences but nothing to speak of at the site of the future homestead as yet. I will be quite disappointed if I don't manage to get a road in this summer, but I believe I can make it come together. I have an excellent community of family and friends excited to break out the shovels and chainsaws and lend a hand.
thanks for asking - next time I post I intend to have something more to show for myself!
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