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Dani Baker

The Enchanted Edible Forest and Cross Island Farms

The Enchanted Edible Forest and Cross Island Farms

www.enchantededibleforest.com and www.crossislandfarms.com

Dani Baker is a self-taught forest gardener who is co-owner of Cross Island Farms, a higly diversified certified organic farm located on an island in the St. Lawrence River in Northern New York State. In 2013 she began planning and planting the “Enchanted Edible Forest,” a permaculture-inspired perennial food forest upon which her book, “The Home-Scale Forest Garden: How to Plan, Plant and Tend a Resilient Edible Landscape” is based.

Dani is speaking in Pennsylvania.

Workshops

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Planning your Edible Landscape

An edible landscape can be planned for any size plot: it could be as small as a foundation planted on one side of your home, a single fruit tree surrounded by other perennial edible plants in your yard, or an edible hedge shielding your view of your neighbor and providing food for birds and you, OR, it could be as large as an acre or more. After briefly describing the components of an edible landscape that make it resilient and sustainable, this workshop will detail how to study your plot, assess your soil, create a to-scale map, plan access and infrastructure, prepare the ground for planting, source materials, and select, order and plan the arrangement of your perennial plants. A PowerPoint with illustrative photos and sketches will accompany the talk.
Organic Gardening

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Permaculture Principles for the Home-Scale Gardener

This Power Point presentation will describe six permaculture principles that the homescale gardener can apply to any size planting. Multiple examples of how to maximize diversity, solar absorption and water conservation, while designing for sustainability, and minimizing human labor going forward will be illustrated. The attendee will leave with multiple tips on how to create a more resilient edilbe garden modeled after nature.. .
Organic Gardening

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Perennial Edibles for your Garden

Why plant, weed, cultivate and water annual vegetables year after year when you can grow perennials that mimic the annuals, plant them once, and harvest them year after year with minimal labor? This workshop will describe a number of highly nutritious perennial vegetables, herbs, flowers and leaves that are easy to grow and require minimal care. The growth habit, preferred habitat, nutritional value and uses of each plant will be described accompanied by photos taken in the presenter's edible forest garden, the "Enchanted Edible Forest." Attendees will be inspired to try their hand at growing these carefree food plants..
Organic Gardening

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Native Perennial Food Plants for your Edible Landscape

This power point presentation will illustrate the growth habit, preferred habitat, care required, food value, other uses and landscape appeal of over 25 native plants you can include in your edible landscape. The plants range from small and tall trees to bushes to groundcovers and even vines. If you want to create an edible hedge, an edible bed, a foundation planting, or a forest garden, you will discover there are native food plants to fill your space.
Organic Gardening

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