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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 Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
      15290 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental CA
      November 7, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Eric will teach a two-day intensive on Designing Food Forests at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center November 7-9.

    • Eric Toensmeier at Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization Annual Conference
      Venue TBD, Fort Meyers FL
      November 18, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Eric will speak at the Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization Annual Conference November 18-20 in Ft. Meyes, FL.

    • Eric Toensmeier at Carbon Farming Intensive
      Taconic Retreat & Conference Center, Red Hook NY
      February 10, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Eric Toensmeier will lead this special 5-day intensive workshop covering the many facets of Perennial Crop Agroforesty including carbon-sequestering perennial agriculture crops, participatory exercises designing regenerative enterprises, and strategies for implementation. Eric will draw from his substantial experience with perennial crops and agroforestry the wold over - See more at: http://carbonfarmingcourse.com/workshops/carbon-farming-intensive#5

    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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