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Please join me in welcoming Alan Carter, author of A Food Forest in Your Garden: Plan It, Grow It, Cook It




Read the book review here!




Alan will be hanging out in the forums until this Friday answering questions and sharing his experiences with you all.

At the end of the week, we'll make a drawing for 4 lucky winners to win a copy of his book! From now until Friday, all new posts in the Forest garden forum are eligible to win.

To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email. Higher quality posts are weighed more highly than posts that just say, "I want this book!"

When the four winners are selected, they will be announced in this thread and their email address will be sent to the publisher, and the publisher will sort out the delivery details with the winners.


Please remember that we favour perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Alan's name to get his attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.


Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the book, but please say "Hi!" to Alan and make him feel welcome!
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Welcome, Alan!! This is a topic I've a lot of interest in. There is so much I need to learn!
 
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Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to seeing what questions and comments folk come up with.
 
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Hi Alan, Welcome to Permies and thanks for coming here to discuss Forest Gardens with us! I really enjoyed your book, now I`m going to try and find the notes I made to ask you some questions!
 
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Hi Alan!  I'm almost done with your book and enjoying it greatly.  I actually hopped onto Permies to post a quote from the book in an ongoing thread - https://permies.com/t/168134/kitchen/Local-Answers-Balsamic#1326156 - I hope that's ok!  And of course if you have anything to add there that would be most welcome!
 
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Hi Alan. I landed here from your FB page. I've been following your blog for a while and am slowly building a collection of edible perennials as we continue to expand our forest garden here in NW Ireland. Your book is on my wish list 🙂
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Welcome, Alan

Your book sounds lovely especially since I love Forest Gardens.

I am looking for too lots of great questions and answers throughout the week.
 
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Wecome Alan. I love this topic.
 
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I’m getting ready to buy some land and the term Food Forrest is a new phrase to me. My life statement is, There is food enough for everyone!” I’m going to take this fertile creek bottom and plant food for the future generations.

I also hope to teach by example and influence all the visitors, retreat participants, and festies that come to the property!

Humanities future is right on track! Here’s to the Age of Aquarius!
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Welcome Alan! I hope you enjoy being here this week.
 
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Welcome, Alan, looks like a great book!
 
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Welcome Alan and thank you for your time.
 
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Welcome Alan! Looking forward to chatting with you on the forum!
 
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Welcome to Permies, Alan! I'm just getting started on my very first food forest, so I'll be looking forward to our conversations with you this week.
 
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Welcome Alan, and thank you for taking the time to educate us. Some of us (me) need more education than others!
 
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Welcome Alan !

When I think of food forest I see vines growing up trees laden with veggies, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, patches of carrots, tomatoes growing wild.

In my mind I walk about the forest with a basket collecting "normal" garden veggies.

I was raised in the forests and know a lot of natural edible plants, but one can dream.

Again, welcome!
 
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Welcome, Alan! Thanks for being here.
 
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Welcome Alan. Can't wait to read your book.
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Hi Alan. The 'daily-ish' gave me a link to this thread. I don't know you or your book, but I do have a 'miniature permaculture food-forest' (or forest garden?) in my front yard. One young apple tree, one even younger fig tree (so both: no fruits yet), several different berry bushes and a lot of herbs and ornamental plants.
 
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Welcome, Alan!

I'm very much interested in doing this and will buy your book!
 
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Welcome, Alan!  

My husband and I will be moving out of the big city (70,000+) in the next year.  I grew up on a farm, he did not.  Our adult son will be moving with us, he has followed permies for a long time, and actually shared this site with me, as well as a lot of other gardening info.  We did start a small garden this summer, and we dug some more property up for next summer.  I purchased some black bags and planted tomatoes and they were awesome, it may have something to do with the leaf compost we got from the city.?

My family had a huge garden (Food Forest) on our farm, it served us well!!  So I do have some experience, but there is SO much to learn.  Also, my son has mentioned Food Forest several times, and that is what he wants to do, so we are going all in, as soon as we find a place UP North, WI!!  I am looking forward to reading your book as well.

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Welcome!
 
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Welcome Alan, I see more and more people limiting or ending their dependence on grocery stores etc for their food. Its exactly what all our ancestors did!
 
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As a food forest student, I waffle around about what to plant, and to eat/prepare the newer types of foods. Thank you for this book
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Hello Alan Carter!  I have just started replacing lawn with perennial food plants on my little half acre in Northcentral Wyoming.  I need way way more guidance and look forward to your book!  I follow several youtubers who have food forests but they are all in more gentle climates than my own.  I did, however, leave the lawn to itself and voila! I now have edible lawn (plantain, clover and dandelion).  I marvel with Nature's way of fixing my goof-ups.  From your book, I need to know how and when to enhance, feed, water, plant, prune, harvest the food, as well as when to have my existing diseased elms and oversized cottonwoods removed or reused or whatever will help my food forest.  Can't wait to glean some of your knowledge and get my forest ready for winter and another spring to follow!
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Welcome Alan!
 
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Greetings Alan.
Thank you for this opportunity.
You time, efforts and knowledge are appreciated.
May you walk in beauty.
 
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I am so excited about this. I am an elder who lately discovered food forests on you tube and it just seems perfect sense all the way round. Thank You!
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Welcome Alan,

Congratulations on the publication of your book, it looks brilliant. I'm a regular lurker on your blog and always appreciate reading your plant profiles specific to Scotland.

I've just moved from a rented space where I had built strong polycultures over 10 years, to my own garden ready for developing a food forest garden. I've bookmarked many of your blog posts for my 'dream garden', which I am finally in the position to create. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in your book, on your blog, and here on the forum.
 
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Hi Alan! Looking forward to learning from you this week!
 
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Hi everyone :)
Thanks for all your welcomes, comments and questions. You might want to post specific questions as a new thread. Partly for clarity, but also because, if I've read the rules right, you'll only be entered in the prize draw if you start a new thread! I'll do my best to answer everything but it will take a while!
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If you can't find your post, check farther down on this thread, on the next page, to find links to your new thread, and posts THERE will count as an entry!

Welcome Alan! Hope you have fun here!

 
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Hullo Alan.  
Tell me about your book.  
I have a 200 foot hedge row, but most are planted as a wind break, for colour in fall and moderate privacy. I have Saskatoon in there, but think its time to incorporate small fruiting trees that can be grafted with different  varieties.  I also have 4 elderberry varieties in pots.
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Dennis Barrow wrote:Welcome Alan !

When I think of food forest I see vines growing up trees laden with veggies, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, patches of carrots, tomatoes growing wild.

In my mind I walk about the forest with a basket collecting "normal" garden veggies.

I was raised in the forests and know a lot of natural edible plants, but one can dream.

Again, welcome!



You might be surprised how many 'normal' crops will grow happily in a forest garden format. Raspberries, blackberries, currants and strawberries are all natural forest-edge species and fit right in. I let parsnips self-seed in mine and do no work beyond digging them up (and then replanting a few of the best for seeds). I dug the first of this season's last week: it was 2 ft long and made soup for a dozen people! Potatoes also grow well in forest garden 'clearings', as the high levels of organic matter in the soil suits them well.
 
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Hello Alan.

The topic that you are covering in your book is almost a must for every family, especially now when we are facing more and more food crisis. I am a biology/science teacher in a Montessori school here in our country, and one of our projects is an orchard / Food Forest. As I see the world and education, I think that this is where we should start changing the world (in a long run) if we want to obtain our environment.
I would be more than grateful to get your book and with the help of it start a Food Forest at our school.

I don’t have just one question I have them countless regarding this topic

Best regards and thank you for writing this book, because we all need it.
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Thanks for your reply on my post about growing peas on trees. It's always interesting to see someone with the title "author" in the forums!

I hope and expect your book will do well in this audience. It seems like there is a huge surge in permaculture publications these days, so it must be hard to get traction.
 
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