Magical Mystery Tour * Developing an Edible Forest Garden

Learn permaculture techniques! Followed by an optional tour of Cross Island Farms on beautiful Wellesley Island.

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The Local Living Venture and Cross Island Farms are coordinating a special Summer event, the "Magical Mystery Tour: A Guided Walk Through a Developing Edible Forest Garden" on Wellesley Island.

The itinerary includes sharing information about edible trees, bushes and perennial plants. Host Dani Baker will describe the process of planning and planting over 200 varieties of edible perennial plants in an accessible arrangement that is both pleasing to the eye and to the palate.

Magical Mystery Tour: A Guided Walk Through a Developing Edible Forest Garden
Sunday, July 12
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wellesley Island, NY, near Alexandria Bay (see below for carpooling options from St. Lawrence County)

Tour host and farmer Dani Baker is a former psychologist, but she retired in 2006 to operate a diversified organic farm with partner David Belding.  Over the next few years they gradually added heritage breed pastured pigs, chickens, meat goats, beef cattle, ducks and turkeys.  Their farm has a small wind turbine and solar array to supply the farms' electric power, and they offer farmer-guided educational organic farm tours and on-farm primitive camping.

This guided educational tour with the Local Living Venture is an opportunity to learn about the seven permaculture layers that they have incorporated in their edible food forest, always with an eye to building excellent soil composition and minimizing labor and other inputs.

Permaculture is an agricultural method that incorporates human needs with respect for natural systems in such a way that it creates highly efficient and self-sustaining ecosystems.  This means less work for the gardener, since weeds are given less than optimal conditions to grow in, for one example, or considered for their food value as another example.

Edible forest gardens are a form of permaculture that mimics the structure and function of natural forests, while producing food and other useful products.  Participants will get a glimpse into the planning and design of a low maintenance food-producing landscape and explore using fruit, nuts and perennial vegetables in a food forest setting where permaculture principles, such as plant pairings for regenerative growth and ease of care, are highlighted.

· For this unique learning experience, a $17 general public, $10 student donation is requested to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation.
· Children are free and will be engaged in activities by the HOBY youth group while adults (and some kids, if they're interested!) assemble the composting system.
· Donations can be made by cash or check to "Local Living Venture" and will be collected on site during registration. Reduced Rate / 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.

You will need to register for this tour/workshop in advance. Please see TO REGISTER below.

Please note that participants can also pick and taste in-season edibles and will go home with a potted perennial plant to begin or add to their own edible gardenscape.

· Send an email to or call (315) 347-4223 to reserve a spot (email preferred.)
· Please note the number in party, contact phone number and email address when reserving.
Please indicate if you are interested in carpooling, and where you would be coming from if so.

NOTE: Following and separate from the Local Living Venture coordinated edible food forest tour is an optional Farm Tour, at a nominal cost, independently presented by proprietors Dani Baker and David Belding.

The Local Living Venture works to create a more capable community by sharing practical knowledge and skills with people in the St. Lawrence River Valley and Adirondack region.  Currently they fulfill this mission by coordinating these Resourceful Living Skills Workshops, that promote traditional rural and simple living skills, with the motto "Sharing Knowledge from the Past - Building Skills for the Future."

(315) 347-4223

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Cross Island Farms
Producers of Certified Organic fruits and vegetables, Certified Organic Pastured Pork, Goat, Beef, and "Just Laid" Eggs, plus much more.

Generous In-Kind Sponsor 
       (none at this time)  

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THE  Local Living Venture  MISSION
The Local Living Venture coordinates near-weekly Resourceful Living Skills Workshops, sharing traditional rural and simple living skills for a healthy and capable community.
We collaborate in presenting life-long learning events with generous community members who have skills and knowledge to share. 
Our brand new website, at, is made possible by a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation.

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July 12th, 2015 12:00 PM   through   2:00 PM
44301 Cross Island Rd.
Wellesley Island, NY 13640
United States

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