Field Trip! Food Forest Farm Tour/Tasting & Tripple Brook Farm

  • September 30, 2011 · 9:30 AM
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Please join some of your fellow Maine permaculture enthusiasts for a very special adventure 3 hours south to visit two unique sites and several extremely talented permaculture people in our regional network.

First we will be spending the morning with Eric Toensmeier (co-author of Edible Forest Gardens, author of Perennial Vegetables) and Jonathan Bates (of Permaculture Plant Nursery and Food Forest Farm) at their urban edible forest garden in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  Many of you have learned about their garden from books, web sites, lectures and online videos.  Now is your chance to meet Eric and Jonathan, learn about their site, see, touch and TASTE many of the perennial edibles that populate their garden and get completely inspired by how we can feed ourselves and future generations with help from perennial polycultures.

We will share a potluck lunch (LisaF to bring a big pot of vegetarian or vegan soup; please bring a complimentary dish/beverage to share and your own potluck kit [plate/bowl/utensils/cup/napkin]).

Prunus americana - Aug 15After lunch we'll head about 15 minutes down the road to visit with Stephen Breyer at Trippel Brook Farm for a couple of hours.  Tripple Book is a treasure trove of plants for our permaculture future and Stephen's knowledge and experience is a true gift to us all.  Learn about many fruits, nuts, shrubs and herbaceous plants that can fit into our work of creating edible ecosystems.

Space is limited for this very special event.  Yes, it is a FRIDAY but this is well worth taking as a vacation day if you typically work on Fridays.

Transportation:

We will be organizing ourselves into the fewest number of cars possible and leaving from the Marginal Way Park-and-Ride (*diagonally across* the intersection from the Planet Dog on Marginal Way; NOT the parking lot of the Miss Portland Diner) at 6:30 a.m.  We will be home from this epic journey by about 7pm that night.

Please use the comments area of this page to indicate if you would like to carpool and we can take it from there, share fuel costs, etc.

What to Bring:

Notebook, camera, water bottle, snacks, rain gear (generally dress in layers and be ready for anything), your potluck stuff (see above).

Proposed Plan for the Day:

6:15 MEET AT PARK-AND-RIDE at the North Corner of Marginal/Franklin Intersection

6:30 to 9:30 am - Drive Time

9:30 to 12:30 Food Forest Farm

Potluck Lunch

2:00 to 4:00 pm Tripple Brook Farm

4:00 to 7:00 pm Drive Time

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  • Greg M.

    Jubal, the small citrus is a calamondin

    October 3, 2011

  • jill a.

    Thanks, Jubal. That link worked. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing them with us. I can help id a couple of the unknowns if you haven't already got them pegged.

    October 3, 2011

  • Jubal

    Sorry, Jill. Try this link: http://flickr.com/gp/jubalkessler/M2XuCR/

    October 2, 2011

  • jill a.

    Great meetup. Glad to have been a part of it.

    October 2, 2011

  • jill a.

    Hi, It was a great trip. I really enjoyed it, and meeting you all.
    I'm not able to access the photos... no guest pass for me. Any ideas what's missing?

    October 2, 2011

  • Kerry D.

    My head is still spinning in a good way from all the info. It was really inspiring to see/hear what the hosts and my fellow fieldtrippers are putting into action. Thanks Lisa for organizing and driving!!

    October 2, 2011

  • Kerry D.

    Thanks for photos Jubal! Good luck with the figs!

    October 2, 2011

  • Greg M.

    Thanks Jubal, really great pics!

    October 2, 2011

  • Greg M.

    Great pilgrimage to see two sites that nicely represented what can be done at smaller and larger scales. Steve's (TBF) explanations and site examples of tree spacings created a vivid cementing that will really help me avoid the temptation to overplant the canopy. Eric and Jonathan's (FFF) site offered great examples of polyculture development and plant trialing. You couldn't ask for warmer and more knowledgable hosts at both sites...a very inspiring day (and all the tastings were pretty inspiring as well...LOVED those paw paws). Couldn't wait to get home and plant my new Szukis persimmon and take care of my cucumber berries, chinese yams, and Physalis species. A lot of driving (thank you so much Lisa) but it's hard to beat spending time with fellow permies (very nice meeting and sharing the commute with you Kerry and Sam). Has that unripe persimmon taste left you yet Tom? Still funny!

    October 2, 2011

  • Jubal

    I've posted private pictures of the field trip on Flickr that you can view using this guest-pass link: http://flickr.com/gp/jubalkessler/J1K230/

    On the Flickr page, I recommend clicking the Slideshow button, then in the upper right corner as the slideshow begins, click Show Info (for captions). Then in the lower right corner, click the "fill my screen" button.

    I didn't take great notes-- so if you spot any errors in labelling, please let me know.

    October 1, 2011

  • Sam M.

    Absolutely amazing trip and entusiastc group! Triple brook farm is a worthwhile place to buy transplants and support. All hosts were modest, knowledgable, and a hoot! Thanks to all and especially Lisa for organizing such a fabulous trip!

    October 1, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    Hey everyone, I am going to suggest that we meet at the Park-and-Ride at *6:15* so that we have a few minutes to get ourselves organized into vehicles and DRIVE out by 6:30. It will be solid 3 hours to get to Holyoke, I believe. Please email your mobile phone number to me at [masked] and i'll have those all listed out and printed maps/directions to help us all out.

    I'll have my car ready in case we need it but hoping that it may work out to ride with someone...

    September 29, 2011

  • jill a.

    I'll meet everyone at 6:30 in Portland. As expected, I'll be driving down since I'll be staying in Boston for the weekend. I'm glad to take people in my car for any part of the trip. Excited!

    September 27, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    So, we've got Max bringing his truck (can take 3 ppl and can bring back plants we might acquire:). Mark can also take 3 ppl. That's 8 so far. Tom & Lee will meet us there so they're covered. That leaves 2 more people. I think we'll need one more driver and one of the cars can plan to pick up Greg at the Wells exit (very easily done, I think). Thoughts?

    September 27, 2011

  • Greg M.

    There's a park and ride across the street from the Wells exit. I'll pay the toll. Does that seem like a good pick up spot? Appreciate the offer to avoid the extra drive time/gas...Thanks Lisa! Can't wait for the 30th.

    September 13, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    Although I posted that I can drive, I am also happy to be a passenger/navigator. It seems like some folks (Greg?) we might be able to pick up along the way while others will go separately with other plans in MA for the weekend.

    September 12, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    I can drive and can take 3 passengers.

    September 8, 2011

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