This day long class offers a unique look at high density plantings of fruit, nut & N-fixing trees focusing on low-tech, low-budget options. Participants will learn with a practical eyes-on, hands-in approach: how to prep a field, plant bare-root trees (and direct seed), where to order your stock, use of tree shelters and how to maintain the trees until maturity. Additionally, folks will get an idea of what they would like to grow on their farm or homestead to feed themselves and their animals.
At Raven Ridge, we have a living classroom of young, medium and mature trees, we raise our own seedlings and have a diverse array of unique fruit and nut trees. Our newest project, is a recently acquired field of 7-year old Virginia Pine on which we are using forest succession and selective removal to favor a high-density planting of Chestnut, Persimmon, Apple, Pear, and Mulberry. Our goal is to alley crop between the fruit/nut trees after three years raising nutrient dense crops like OP corn and root vegetables after the pine has left the system.
The selection and management of beneficial trees helps to optimize your hillside land for abundance, erosion-control, wildlife conservation, profitability and long-term soil fertility. In this module, you will take away a diverse array of ideas and practical knowledge about how agro-forestry practices can help your farm or homestead become resilient.
$25, bring good footwear for walking, water and snacks. Handouts will be provided for follow-up with recommendations on where to purchase trees. Expect to do MORE walking than our other offerings as we will be looking at 2 broad acre plantings about 1/8 mile apart on adjacent ridges.
Daniel Isner of ABHA farm, our next door neighbor will be showing us how he uses the BCS walk-behind tractor to grow crops on hillsides between new plantings of trees.
Homework: watch the 10 minute YouTube search word, "Habitat 3" on the MIAF farmers of Verecruz, MX