Each year the Local Living Venture and and Dani Baker of Cross Island Farms present a guided tour and workshop in this wonderful organic edible landscape started by Dani in 2012.
Link to the 2017 event:
Edible Forest Garden:
A Guided "Magical Mystery Tour"
See this link to seek out upcoming events, this workshop is usually held in either early Summer or early Autumn.
A guided tour of the farm's "Edible Forest Garden" showcases how the farm
works with natural systems to create an "edible landscape" that attendees
can then incorporate into their own yards and gardens.
Host farmer Dani Baker will share how she planned and planted over 300 varieties of edible perennial plants in an accessible arrangement that is both pleasing to the eye and to the palate. She will share information about northern hardy edible trees, bushes and perennial plants that can be planted by anyone to create a lush edible landscape right outside their door.
The idea of creating a "food forest" is to plant low maintenance, sustainable foods based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to the family growing them, as well as to wildlife.
With the use of "companion planting" techniques, the landscape grows in a succession of layers to build a woodland habitat that produces food and other useful products, always with an eye to building excellent soil composition and, most importantly, while minimizing labor and other inputs. This means less work for the gardener, since weeds aren't in good conditions to thrive, or they can be considered for their food value.
Participants will get a glimpse into the planning and design of a low maintenance food-producing landscape and explore using perennials in a setting where permaculture principles, such as plant pairings for regenerative growth and ease of care, are highlighted.
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.
The host for this event, Dani Baker, is a former psychologist who retired in 2006 to operate Cross Island Farms, a diversified organic farm, with partner David Belding. Over the years they have added heritage breed pastured pigs, chickens, meat goats, beef cattle, ducks and turkeys. Their farm has a small-scale on-grid wind turbine and solar array to supply electric power for the farm and home, and they offer farmer-guided educational organic farm tours and on-farm primitive camping.
There is a suggested donation for the afternoon tour (see upcoming event page for details.) Carpooling options to the gardens on on Wellesley Island (near Alexandria Bay) are also available through the Local Living Venture when signing up.
Attendance is limited to 20 persons. Registration for the event is appreciated and more details, including directions (and notice of rain delays, etc.), will be sent to all who reserve a spot by contacting LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or calling (315) 347-4223 with their phone number(s), email address, and the number in the party to receive an email confirmation. The number for the day of the event is (315) 261-1926, text best.
The recipient of this benefit tour is the Local Living Venture (LLV), a small community organization that strives to create a more capable and healthy community by sharing practical knowledge and skills with people in the St. Lawrence River Valley and western Adirondack region.
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PHOTO 1 - Cross Island Farms photo
Farmer Dani Baker of Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island, will share tidbits about the benefits of the "edible landscaping" with attendees at the June 24 "Edible Food Forest Tour", showcasing the gardens she designed for the low maintenance growing of food in an aesthetic and productive setting.
PHOTO 2 - Cross Island Farms photo
Farmer Dani Baker of Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island, shares the benefits and a sampling of the food growing in a semi-wild setting with attendees at the June 24 "Edible Food Forest Tour", showcasing the gardens she designed for the low maintenance growing of food in an aesthetic and productive setting.