Michael Longfield

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Permaculturist, Herbalist, Entrepreneur, propagator, post-industrial left-wing libertarian.
Southern IL zone 6b/7
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I also like the idea of selling more cuttings and seeds from my nursery.  One of the big reasons I don't sell produce is because what gets me more excited is the idea of other people being able to grow their own food.  What is most important to me is getting perennial plants in the ground, so if I can supply propagation material in a form that would allow people to plant more, than I am having greater success.  Unfortunately, at this time I do not have any extra chestnut seed available.  I may in fall, but I'm not sure.  Happy planting!
Thanks to both of you for the positivity!  I love what I do, and I appreciate yall!  :)
-Chinese Yams are hardy to zone 4.
-The root is food and medicine.
-The vines can grow quite long, I have never given them an endless trellis to determine how long they will grow.
-They can be a bit aggressive and spread.  In your zone, I wouldn't worry about it.
-I planted them 5 years ago at our old homestead, I go back every year and check on them, and they really have not spread that much. 
-The metal fence would work great.
I need to get around to writing more complete write-ups for both these plants.

Potato Onion
-Zone 4-8
-Plant bulbs in fall or spring just below the soil every foot or so
-It grows similar to a normal onion, but instead of a single bulb it forms a clump of 5+ bulbs
-Harvest them in summer when the foliage begins to die back
-When planting from seed they tend to form one fairly large sized bulb
-When planting from smaller bulbs they tend to form a whole bunch of small bulbs, similar to shallots. 
-For an in-depth write up of the potato onion check out...https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jnqst7-9YfWFovhqjARtcZZVJC0TPzKsow_5mdAwnyA/edit

Chinese Air Tubers
-The air tubers can get as big as a quarter or so
-They are harvested in summer, and eaten raw they are similar to a raw potato
-They create a large root, that can be delicate to harvest because it can easily snap off. 
-It is a Chinese herb for building the energy (qi of the body), and improving digestion.  It can be also used as food similar to how we think of 'superfoods'.
-it likes a trellis and is effortless to grow. 
We just recently added Potato Onion sets to our current perennial offerings. 
19.89 for 20 Sets + free shipping
https://www.interwovenpermaculture.com/store/p22/potato_onion


Our complete list of nursery stock that is available for immediate shipment
-Egyptian Walking Onion Top Sets
-Potato Onion Sets
-Chinese Wild Yam 'Air Tubers"

They can all be requested to be shipped in fall or spring at checkout, along with the rest of our seasonally available stock such as trees and tubers.

-Jerusalem Artichokes
-Ground Nuts
-Chinese Artichokes
-Comfrey Bocking #4
-Chestnut Trees
-black locust Trees
-Thornless Honey Locust Trees

Consider checking out all of our permaculture nursery stock at... https://www.interwovenpermaculture.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

We now have potato onion sets and Chinese wild yam 'air tubers' available for shipment.

19.89 for 20 potato onion sets + free shipping
9.79 for 20 Chinese wild yam 'Air tubers' + free shipping

https://www.interwovenpermaculture.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
Our current list of nursery stock that is available for immediate shipment
-Egyptian Walking Onion Top Sets
-Potato Onion Sets
-Chinese Wild Yam 'Air Tubers"

They can be requested to be shipped in fall or spring at checkout, along with the rest of our seasonally available stock such as trees and tubers.
-Jerusalem Artichokes
-Ground Nuts
-Chinese Artichokes
-Comfrey Bocking #4
-Chestnut Trees
-Black Locust Trees
-Thornless Honey Locust Trees

Consider checking out all of our permaculture nursery stock at... https://www.interwovenpermaculture.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
Has the effectiveness of the two models been compared?  Anyone prefer one over the other?  These are great, and so timely as I plan to build one soon.
2 months ago
Interwoven is a 160-acre farm, nursery, and community in South-Eastern Illinois.  We host events, plant tons of trees, and are home to several residents with their own personal on-site permaculture enterprises.  This thread is specifically for the Interwoven Nursery.

Our mission is to supply an affordable and diverse selection of useful perennial plants, with a focus on hardy, low maintenance species and genetics, to assist in the creation of self-regulating garden/farm ecosystems.
-To promote perennial plants as a means to feed people and heal ecosystems
-To create abundant food-producing landscapes, for the health and well-being of the planet and its people
-To acquire and preserve useful perennial plants for the future of our region
-To educate on how to garden, cook, and heal with perennial plants
-To develop and expand upon the idea of a perennial based diet

Gardening and farming with perennial plants is a solution to many of the world's most pressing problems. They can create more nutritionally dense food with substantially less work than annual based agriculture. By creating food systems based on the wisdom of nature, there is less need for human maintenance and inputs. Less maintenance and inputs mean more time and money for the gardener/farmer. Healthy forests create an abundance of food, improve air quality, are home to countless critters, and thrive despite weather extremes. No one had to plant, weed, fertilize, spray, or water the forests since they self-regulate and self-replicate. The solution to the energy and food crisis lies in the natural order found within healthy ecosystems. All mature ecosystems have something in common. They depend on perennial plants to perform many of their functions. They work together to create biodiversity, resiliency, and abundance. Humans can return to our rightful place as harmonious participants within the natural order, by reviving our relationship with perennial plants. Together we can co-create thriving ecosystems that take care of people and the planet.

www.Interwovenpermaculture.com
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Hi Tyler Ludens,

There may still be some available by then, but I can't be sure.  You can secure your order by purchasing now and including 'ship in fall' in the order notes.