ISBN: 9781931498807 Year Added to Catalog: 2005 Book Format: Hardcover Book Art: full color, charts and illustrations, resources, plant lists, glossary, bibliography, index Number of Pages: 8 x 10, 672 pages Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Old ISBN: 1931498806 Release Date: October 15, 2005 Web Product ID: 291
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Edible Forest Gardens Vol. II
Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture
Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier have done us all a service by revealing in a clear and straightforward fashion how Nature works. Diversity in turn points the way to more sustainable food systems that all of us can fine tune on our home ground. I hear the voice of this good and gentle earth in Edible Forest Gardens . . . and am excited to keep reading more!"
—Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower and The Herbalist's Way
Essentially, edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. You can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden that is largely self-maintained.
—From the Introduction
Edible Forest Gardens is a groundbreaking two-volume work that spells out and explores the key concepts of forest ecology and applies them to the needs of natural gardeners in temperate climates. Volume I lays out the vision of the forest garden and explains the basic ecological principles that make it work. In Volume II, Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier move on to practical considerations:concrete ways to design, establish, and maintain your own forest garden. Along the way they present case studies and examples, as well as tables, illustrations, and a uniquely valuable "plant matrix" that lists hundreds of the best edible and useful species.
Taken together, the two volumes of Edible Forest Gardens offer an advanced course in ecological gardening—one that will forever change the way you look at plants and your environment.
About the Authors
Dave Jacke has been a student of ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own ecological design firm&mdashDynamics Ecological Design—since 1984 (click here for a PDF of Dave's resume). Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, and a meticulous designer. He has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas, but mainly in the Northeast. A cofounder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years. He holds a ...
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 ...