Joe Skeletor wrote:Stefan -
Really looking forward to seeing the video!
I'm working on setting up an urban farm along a new bike trail that the city is working on. Hoping to include a permaculture orchard with the project. Any advice off the top of your head would be a great help -
1 - Some of the sites we may get access to are definitely old industrial (brownfield). I've read that fruit crops are the least likely to transfer contamination to the crop. Any thoughts on using these fields for some orcharding ? I'm probably more comfortable with leaving these sites alone or doing some sort of native restoration project on them. The web soil survey on them shows that the its good soil (minus the god-knows-what contamination).
2 - In the past, I helped to start up an orchard at an organic farm. Not permaculture by any means. The cost of the trees from a nursery + supplies was an eye opener! I've taken some grafting classes, and know that rootstock can be gotten for cheap/free. Starting up from scratch, would you recommend starting your own trees + grafting, or just paying a bit more up front for trees from a nursery? I'm guessing a bit of both. Trying to keep costs down where I can.
3 - Fruit quality - Do you have an acceptable level of insect/disease damage that you and your customers can agree on? Or do you mostly sell dessert quality, no damage fruit? just curious.
Thanks a ton for your time!
Joe Skeletor wrote:Thanks for the quick reply! Really neat to hear that you started 6,000 trees on-site.
I totally forgot that I had flipped through a copy of Mycelium Running about a year ago. I'll be sure to pick it up.
The work you've done is very inspiring , Stefan! All the best - Joe
PS -- Sorry to continue asking questions, but do you process your own juices on site? If this is already discussed in the movie, I can just wait to find out.