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Eric Toensmeier

Eric Toensmeier has studied and practiced permaculture since 1990. He is the author of Perennial Vegetables and coauthor of Edible Forest Gardens with Dave Jacke. Toensmeier has worked as a small-farm trainer at the New England Small Farm Institute, has managed the Tierra de Oportunidades new-farmer program of Nuestras Raices, and is a graduate and former faculty member of the Institute for Social Ecology in Plainfield, Vermont. His current interest is in large-scale permaculture farming as a carbon-sequestering solution to climate change. Toensmeier’s writing, consulting, and teaching business is based at www.perennialsolutions.org, where he posts his latest articles and videos. He lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

    Eric's Upcoming Events

    • Eric Toensmeier at Food Forest Farm
      , Holyoke MA
      April 26, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Eric will lead a Paradise Lot: Perennial Vegetable Spring workshop at Food Forest Farm on April 26th. Contact [email protected] for more information.

    • Eric Toensmeier at the Omega Institute
      150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck NY
      May 16, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Eric will teach a two-day "Create Your Paradise Lot" course at the Omega Institute May 16-18. Registration required.

    • Eric Toensmeier at Ferme Au Petit Boisé
      Ferme Au Petit Boisé, Frelighsburg Quebec, Canada
      May 23, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Eric will teach an Edible Forest Gardens and Commercial Food Forestry course at Ferme Au Petit Boisé in Frelighsburg, Quebec May 23-28.

    • Eric Toensmeier at Financial Permaculture & Local Business Summit
      , Miami FL
      May 31, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Eric will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Financial Permaculture & Local Business Summit, to be held in Miami, FL May 31- June 4.

    • Eric Toensmeier at Vermont Edible Landscapes
      The Teal Farm, Huntington VT
      June 28, 2014, 8:00 am

      Eric will teach a two-day Introduction to Edible Forest Gardens intensive workshop June 28-29, as well as a five-day Commercial Food Forestry intensive June 28-July 2 at The Teal Farm.

    • Eric Toensmeier at Food Forest Farm
      , Holyoke MA
      July 5, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Eric will teach a "Paradise Lot: Berry Summer" intensive at Food Forest Farm on July 5th. Contact [email protected] for more information.

    Eric's Books

    Perennial Vegetables Set

    Get the best information on growing these easy and interesting crops from Eric Toensmeier's award-winning book Perennial Vegetables, and tour the author's own lush forest garden in the new DVD, Perennial Vegetable Gardening with Eric Toensmeier.

    Paradise Lot

    Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City

    When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise" replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa -- all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot. The garden -- intended to function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing most of the garden's needs for fertility, pest control, and weed suppression -- also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and even silkworms.

    Perennial Vegetable Gardening with Eric Toensmeier (DVD)

    In this DVD -- a culmination of workshops recorded in Mexico, Florida, and Massachusetts -- plant specialist Eric Toensmeier introduces gardeners to more than 100 species of little-known, underappreciated plants. Ranging beyond the usual suspects (asparagus, rhubarb, and artichoke) to include such delights as ground cherry, ramps, air potatoes, the fragrant spring tree, and the much-sought-after, antioxidant-rich wolfberry (also known as the goji berry), Toensmeier explains how to raise, tend, harvest, and cook with plants that yield great crops and culinary satisfaction. Toensmeier also takes viewers on a plant-by-plant tour of his garden in Massachusetts.

    Edible Forest Gardens Vol. II

    Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture

    Edible Forest Gardens is the authoritative text on edible landscaping featuring a step-by-step guide to designing your own aesthetic yet productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary purposes

    Edible Forest Gardens Vol. I

    Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture

    Edible Forest Gardens is the authoritative text on edible landscaping featuring a step-by-step guide to designing your own aesthetic yet productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary purposes

    Perennial Vegetables

    From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles

    In Perennial Vegetables the adventurous gardener will find information, tips, and sound advice on less common edibles that will make any garden a perpetual, low-maintenance source of food.

    Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set)

    Volume I: Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture,
    Volume II Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture

    Edible Forest Gardens is the authoritative text on edible landscaping featuring a step-by-step guide to designing your own aesthetic yet productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary purposes

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