My name is Frank and I’m a long time permie but new to this forum.
I just registered to get to know local permanculture people in the Seattle area and to create this post.
I’ll be starting a new food forest project in Snohomish, Washington on 5 acres of flat land.
This fallow field has only had hay harvested from it yearly, is in full sun and it looks like a
blank pallet to design on.
A Video Of 5 Acres Before Starting The Food Forest
Soil tests sent off today but kit looks loamy, good color, some sand, some clay. River dirt.
We’ll see when the results are in.
Planning to build swales which I’ve done on flat land before with amazing results.
We’ll be planting:
– apples plums, apricot , cherry, peach, hazelnut, chestnut, russian olive, fig, persimmon,
pear, mulberry, mimosa, red alder
– ceonothus, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, salmon berry, wolf berry, lavender, rosemary,
seaberry , wattle
Herbs and Flowers
– echinacea, Comfrey, dill, chives, lupines, lovage, Jerusalem artichoke, artichoke,
valerian , sea kale, delphinium, bee balm, borage, mint, garlic, onions, chamomile, and more...
Vines, tubers and ground covers
– grapes, cucumbers, squash, pumpkin, potato, strawberry, kiwi,
gourds, field peas, vetch, sunn hemp, Alfalfa
This is a good start, I’m sure the list will grow.
To anyone interested in food forests please reach out, let’s connect. Especially if you’re in the
Seattle area or know of anyone around here. I’ve seen the Beacon Hill Food Forest and it looks good.
The plan on this project is to build swales on contour, staggered over time between each swale built,
so that one can see a clear demonstration of the progression of the food forest over time.
The swales will be placed far enough apart that there will be small open fields in between the
forest that animals can be rotated through in the future.
I hope some of you would like to follow our progress so I’ll update this thread. I hope to meet
some of you in the area.