An Edible Forest Garden: A Guided "Magical Mystery Tour"

Local Living Venture is co-sponsoring an educational workshop with Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island, NY.

Saturday, September 17
2 to 5 pm

PLUS!  SHARED MEAL POTLUCK (free) at *12:30 p.m.*
Join us for our monthly Simple Living / Homesteading Exchange Potluck at this site prior to the workshop.
Finally, we get to bring our Jefferson County friends into the mix, on your own turf! See this link for details.

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Over the past four seasons Dani Baker, co-owner of Cross Island Farms, has developed just under an acre of her certified organic farm as a multi-functional edible forest garden encompassing numerous permaculture principles and practices. Join us as she describes the process of planning and planting over 300 cultivars of edible fruits, nuts, berries, and other edibles, both native and uncommon.

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Learn of the multitude of factors considered in deciding where and with what to plant the seven permaculture layers she has incorporated, and to identify a large variety of supportive plants integrated into the landscape. Attendees will have an opportunity to sample edible fruits, flowers, greens and herbs in season and go home with a potted plant to begin or add to their own garden.

This workshop should be of interest to homeowners and back yard gardeners who wish to incorporate perennial edibles into their landscapes as well as farmers who are interested in developing additional income streams. As it develops, Dani expects her garden to offer U-pick opportunities, a site for weddings and other special events, educational workshops (like this one) and a perennial nursery operation.

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The Edible Forest Garden
is the latest addition to Cross Island Farms' diversified operation. Located on 102 acres, this certified organic farm includes season extension hoop houses, annual vegetable gardens, rotationally grazed beef cattle, meat goats, heritage breed pigs, ducks, chickens and turkeys, and renewable wind and solar power. Educational organic tours, workshops, and on-farm primitive camping round out its offerings.


Dani Baker is a former psychologist for whom operating an organic farm is her "retirement." As a child she performed most of the landscaping work on the ½ acre surrounding her newly built family home. As an adult, she cultivated a small or large vegetable garden whenever she had a piece of land to work. She became a full time organic farmer when she retired in 2006. She has acquired her knowledge of permaculture design through reading and workshops including a recent tour of Martin Crawford's Edible Forest Garden in Dartington, England.
Cross Island Farms is located on Wellesley Island in Jefferson County, NY. It is easily accessed from the North via Routes 37 and 12, and from the South via I-81. Plan to arrive at 1:45 to register at the garden gate - or be there earlier (12:30) for the potluck and we'll head over to the gardens together.
* For this unique learning experience, a $22 general public, $40 couple/family of two, $12 student donation is requested for material costs, to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation.
* Participants will go home with a potted perennial plant grown just for you at Cross Island Farms to begin or add to their own edible gardenscape.
* Donations can be made by cash or check to "Local Living Venture" and will be collected on site during registration.
* Reduced Rate / Partial Scholarships are available upon request.
* Please note that our generous Presenters are volunteers donating their time to support the Local Living Venture, and this is a major means of support for our community organization.
TO SIGN UP or more information, please call the Local Living Venture at (315) 347-4223 or

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The Local Living Venture coordinates near-weekly Resourceful Living Skills Workshops, community events and information exchanges - sharing traditional rural and simple living skills for a healthy and capable community.
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September 17th, 2016 2:00 PM   through   5:00 PM
44301 Cross Island Rd.
Wellesley Island, NY 13640
United States

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