The Forest Garden
About The Forest Garden
Have you ever wanted to transform your organic gardening practice into something more? Are you interested in ecology, permaculture, or sustainability? This podcast takes a deep dive into these topics, through in-depth commentary and relevant interviews with forest gardeners, permaculturalists, and regenerative system designers. The Forest Garden Podcast is a joint venture between Ben Bishop and Mike Amato, two plant nerds who in the summer of 2020 realized they shared the same alma mater and the same interests in alternative solutions to our rapidly evolving climate.
Hey there podcast listeners. Today we have a very interesting interview for you with Henry Lappen, a member of the Cherry Hill Cohousing community based in Amherst, Massachusetts. Henry has been a part of this unique community in western Massachusetts for the past thirty years - ever since its establishment in the early 1990's. For those who aren't familiar, the cohousing model is a Danish concept that originated in the 1960's. If you're trying to imagine what cohousing looks like, think of an intentional community of private or semi-private homes laid out in a clustered design around shared communal spaces. Shared meals and shared work are an integral part of the model, and often these communities have many gardens or agricultural spaces integrated in the landscape. In this episode, we’ll learn all about the cohousing model, how the vast food forest at Cherry Hill came to be, and what day to day life is like at Cherry Hill. We'll also get some insight into how folks interested in establishing their own ecovillage or cohousing community can get started. Stick with us, and remember that if you have a question about the episode you can always reach us via a direct message on our instagram page @forestgardenpodcast. Relevant Links: https://web.cohousing.com/ http://cohousing.org/
Welcome back podcast listeners. In todays episode we are continuing our series on overcoming winter gloom, with some forest garden (or forest garden-adjacent) streamable content. Tune in to hear about some of our favorite youtube channels. Our hope is that you'll discover something new! Maybe a channel that inspires you to try something different this coming spring, or teaches you something you didn't know, or maybe just satisfies your innate need to binge. This episode has something for everyone. Think we missed a notable channel? Let us know with a message to our instagram page @forestgardenpodcast. Channels covered today: Weird Explorer, Jared Rydelek Business Insider: So Expensive - Food Growing Your Greens, John Kohler Those Plant People, Pippa Chapman + Andrew Chapman Kirsten Dirksen Green Dreams, Pete Kanaris Edible Acres, Sean Dembrosky The Forest Gardener, (our very own) Ben Bishop Andrew Millison Happen Films Exploring Alternatives Regenerative Films
Happy New Year podcast listeners, and welcome to season three of the podcast! We have a winter themed episode today featuring many documentaries that we have curated into a list separated by topic. Some of you may remember our interview with Lisa Fernandes from last season. In that interview Lisa mentioned how The Resilience Hub of Portland, Maine hosted movie nights to start building community around regenerative programming. That interview gave us an idea, if we were to make a master list of documentaries and films related to the topics we cover on the podcast - what exactly would that look like? Today's episode is our best attempt! We hope you enjoy the episode, and if there are any that you think we missed and are deserving of being included feel free to reach out to us on instagram @forestgardenpodcast Docs Featured in the Episode: Soil/Regenerative Ag: Kiss the Ground, 2020 (Netflix) Regreening the Desert John D Liu, 2012 (Youtube/Vimeo) Symphony of the Soil, 2012 (Youtube) Living Soil, 2018 (Youtube) Farming: The Biggest Little Farm, 2018 (Rotational Streaming) Fruit/Food The Fruit Hunters, 2012 (Youtube/Rotational Streaming) The Botany of Desire, 2009 (Prime/Rotational Streaming) Bees: The Pollinators, 2019 (Prime) More than Honey, 2012 (Plex/Rotational Streaming) Vanishing of the Bees, 2009 (Plex/Rotational Streaming) Climate/Water: Tomorrow, 2015 (Rotational Streaming/Direct Purchase) Last Call at the Oasis, 2011 (Rotational Streaming) Tapped, 2009 (Youtube/Rotational Streaming) Chasing Ice, 2012 (Rotational Streaming) Permaculture: Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective, 2015 (Direct Purchase Vimeo) Woodlanders Series, 2017 (Vimeo) Permaculture The Documentary: How it Started, 2020 (Youtube) Regenerative Films (Youtube) Mushrooms: Fantastic Fungi, 2019 (Netflix/Rotational Streaming) The Last Season, 2014 (iTunes) How To Change Your Mind, 2022 (Netflix)
It's December and winter is nearly here! For many of us, it probably feels like it has already started. Some might wonder what a plant nerd does in the cold winter months, at least for us - we start planning. What new trees are going in the ground in the spring, where will they be planted, and more importantly where will we get them from? Today's episode is meant to help with that last question. Tune in for our discussion on some of our favorite mail order nurseries that ship plants and plant materials across North America. An important note for listeners - the nurseries we cover in today's episode all have one thing in common, they're not massive businesses with immense staff. Plants they carry frequently sell out and ordering from some of them may not be possible at the time that this episode is released! Patience is always a virtue when trying to source hard to find specialty trees, shrubs, or perennials. Different plants or plant materials are often available at different times of year. In our experience a friendly email goes a long way, and often there's a mailing list you can sign up for to be notified when new plants are available. Be kind and you will be rewarded! We hope you enjoy the episode, and as always you can get in touch with us most easily by sending a friendly DM to us on instagram @forestgardenpodcast Links of nurseries covered in today's episode: Humble Abode Nursery, Ashfield, MA USDA Zone 5a: https://www.humbleabodenursery.com/ Hidden Springs Nursery, Cookeville, TN USDA Zone 6: http://www.hiddenspringsnursery.com/ England’s Nut Orchard, McKee, KY USDA Zone 6a: http://www.nuttrees.net/ Ozark Mountain Jewel, Gainesville, MO USDA Zone 6b: https://www.ozarkmountainjewel.com/ Norton Naturals, Tamworth, ON USDA Zone 5b: https://www.nortonnaturals.com/ Perfect Circle Farm, Barre, VT USDA Zone 4b: https://www.perfectcircle.farm Fruitwood Nursery, Humboldt County, CA USDA Zone 8: https://www.fruitwoodnursery.com/
Well folks the growing season is coming to an end, cold weather and family gatherings are quickly approaching. Or for many of us they're already here! Tune in today for some timely commentary on the dishes we make for our holiday family gatherings. If you're interested in medlars, pecans, chestnuts, or persimmons - and how they can make their way onto the dinner table of an upcoming communal meal, you will not be disappointed by today's episode. Enjoy! Relevant links from today's episode: https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/forage-harvest-feast/ Recipe links (maybe not precisely the recipe we used for the dishes we talk about in the episode, but perhaps a jumping off point for anyone interested in making them at home!): https://www.marthastewart.com/1140980/dates-and-blue-cheese https://www.simplyscratch.com/prosciutto-wrapped-gorgonzola-stuffed-dates-in-a-honey-balsamic-drizzle/ https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1022853-hoshigaki-dried-persimmons https://cookieandkate.com/pecan-butter-recipe/ https://www.thehungrybites.com/mushroom-chestnut-creamy-risotto/ https://food52.com/recipes/1862-mushroom-chestnut-risotto
Hey there podcast listeners, Today we're running an episode from a podcast called Hot Farm. It's from our friends at the Food & Environment Reporting Network. The podcast is about what farmers are doing – or could be doing – to take on the climate emergency. In this episode, you’ll hear about a grain called Kernza, which might one day be a staple in your pantry. It can sequester carbon, build soil health and use less water. So what does it take to move it from an experimental crop and into the food system? Listen in and find out! Relevant links: https://thefern.org/podcasts/hot-farm/ https://landinstitute.org/ https://kernza.org/
With chestnut harvest season in full swing in North America, we have a very timely episode for y'all today. Tune in for our discussion with Dr. Sandra Anagnostakis who for many years was a lead researcher in the department of plant pathology and ecology at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, CT. If someone has ever passed down a bit of folksy wisdom to you about how to treat chestnut blight, odds are that wisdom originated with Dr. Sandy's research. If you are someone who is interested in starting your own orchard filled with "breadtrees of the north", this episode can't be missed. Chestnuts are where it's at people! Listen in to find out why. Dr Sandy's Links: https://portal.ct.gov/CAES/ABOUT-CAES/Staff-Biographies/Sandra-L-Anagnostakis https://nutgrowing.org/
Hey there podcast listeners, today we have a special treat for you - featuring voices other than our own! Tune in for a fantastic guest episode from the folks at Outside/In, a show from New Hampshire Public Radio. We chose to feature this guest episode because it poses a very important question for us (and probably for you too) "is the soil in my backyard safe to grow food in?". For those of us who garden in an urban context, this is a very important question! We also recommend checking out the other two episodes featured in the Yardwork series, we found each episode illuminating in very different ways. Find them at outsideinradio.org or wherever you get your podcasts. Episode Description from Outside/In: Every so often, when she’s digging in her backyard garden, amateur gardener Maureen McMurray encounters something she didn’t expect: a lump of coal. She’s planted vegetables in the same soil for a few years now. But as she prepared for an upcoming growing season, she wondered: is her homegrown produce poisoning her family? The answer is nicer than you might think. Featuring Maureen McMurray, Nate Bernitz, and Ganga Hettiarachchi. Reported by Justine Paradis. Full episode details, credits, and transcript available here. Links: http://outsideinradio.org/ https://www.instagram.com/outsideinradio/
Fall is nearly upon us podcast listeners! Cooler temperatures and rainy days will soon bring a bounty to the forest floor. In other words, it's mushroom hunting season. Tune in today for our conversation with Dan Bensonoff, director of the Permaculture Initiative at UMASS Amherst. Dan has been collecting mushrooms for the majority of his life, having been blessed with a cultural background that is especially mycophilic. When I first met Dan, he expressed to me a frustration with american mushroom foraging texts. He told me that many of them listed the mushrooms that he grew up collecting, preparing, and cooking as either poisonous or inedible - and that these texts were missing out on an entire cultural history of flavor and experience. So that is what we are going to be talking about on todays episode! Tune in to learn about a wide variety of mushrooms including but not limited to the Lactarius, Russula, and Sullius genera. Dan not only has experience foraging for these mushrooms, he's also a bit of a wizard in the kitchen - so stay tuned for mushroom preparation and processing techniques, as well as unique recipes and storage methods. And be sure to check what Dan's up to with the permaculture initiative on instagram at @umasspermaculture. IMPORTANT NOTE! Never consume a wild mushroom unless you are 100% sure it is the correct edible species and not a look alike! Look alikes are plentiful among many species of mushroom, spore prints and foraging with folks who are more experienced is recommended for beginners.
It's September! This sweltering summer is coming to a close, and thank the heavens it's been raining a bit more in the past few weeks. (At least in our neck of the woods). With the coming drops in temperature and increased precipitation, we over here at The Forest Garden have our foraging baskets all set and ready for the weeks to come. But did you know you could experience a mushroom harvest in your own backyard? Join us for an in-depth episode delving into the world of outdoor mushroom cultivation with our lovely guests Phoebe & Joe Krawczyk of Field and Forest Products! Listen in to learn about Winecap cultivation in woodchip beds, shiitake cultivation on logs, and much much more! And if you don't follow them already on social media, check out Phoebe's incredible mushroom minute posts on the Field and Forest instagram page @fieldandforestproducts. You can also find us on instagram @forestgardenpodcast, which is the best place to reach out if you have any questions or comments about a topic we cover in a given episode. Field and Forest Products links: https://www.instagram.com/fieldandforestproducts/ https://www.fieldforest.net/ Other projects we discuss in the episode: http://www.woodlanders.com/
Welcome back podcast listeners! Tune in today to learn from one of our personal heroes Eric Toensmeier, author of Paradise Lot, Perennial Vegetables, The Carbon Farming Solution (and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens written by Dave Jacke). We cover quite a bit in todays episode, prepare yourself for in depth descriptions of agroforestry practices, the incredible nutritional value of some of Eric’s favorite perennial vegetable crops, and much much more. Eric’s links: https://www.patreon.com/erictoensmeier http://www.perennialsolutions.org/ https://drawdown.org/ Eric’s Books: http://www.perennialsolutions.org/shop
Welcome back podcast listeners! Today we have a really good one for y'all, a deep dive into the in's and out's of how The Resilience Hub got started. If you have never heard of it, The Resilience Hub is 'a 501c3 organization dedicated to regenerating land, growing healthy food, and building strong, resilient communities.' But it didn't necessarily start out doing all those things! Tune in today to learn about its origins, from our guest Lisa Fernandes - founder of The Resilience Hub, and current Communication Director for the Food Solutions New England network based at the UNH Sustainability Institute in Durham, New Hampshire. Today's episode is a crash course in how to get the ball moving in your own neighborhood if you are interested in establishing a community network of people who want more food crops in public spaces, in neighborhood backyards and front yards, and more! Tune in and don't touch that dial! Or whatever the modern analog for a dial is these days. Don't press that skip button? You get the idea... Remember that if you want to get ahold of us you can find us on instagram at @forestgarden podcast. Organizations Lisa wants you to know about: https://resiliencehub.org/ https://artofhosting.org/ http://www.bollier.org/category/tags/commoning https://www.mainewabanakireach.org/ https://nibezun.org/ https://www.facebook.com/EWRematriation/ https://snefcc.carrd.co/ https://nefoclandtrust.org/
Today we have an extra special episode! We're lucky to be hosting Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery, Propaganda by the Seed, and most importantly - the Mount Joy Community Orchard Project. Mt. Joy is a food forest/community orchard located on Munjoy Hill in Portland, Maine. I first discovered it completely by accident. I stumbled into this magical landscape covered in herbaceous pollinator plants mixed in with fruit trees, and asked an elderly gentleman who was there picking raspberries "for his sweetie" - what's the deal with this place? He told me that is was a free to pick public orchard where anyone could come by and harvest whatever they wanted, so long as they were respectful of the landscape. From that moment I was hooked. If you've ever wanted your local park to look more like a forest garden, and less like a mowed lawn, today's episode is one you can't miss. Listen in as we learn about how Mt. Joy got started, what its evolution has looked like over time, and the steps that you can take to start a similar project in your community. Don't touch that dial! And remember that you can always find us at @forestgardenpodcast on instagram. Aaron's Links: https://www.instagram.com/mount.joy.orchard/ https://mountjoyorchard.wixsite.com/mtjoy https://edgewood-nursery.com/ https://propagandabytheseed.libsyn.com/ Other Links for organizations or events mentioned in the episode: https://resiliencehub.org/ https://www.mofga.org/the-fair/
The title says it all! Tune in today to learn about perennial vegetables and woody plants that are very undervalued in the U.S. and the west as a whole. Mmmm they're tasty, stick with us to the end to figure out where to acquire these highly nutritious but often hard to source plants! And as always, if you want to get in touch - find us @forestgardenpodcast on IG.
The title says it all! Tune in today for commentary on the ethical questions surrounding permaculture, some of its shortfallings, and problems you may encounter as a 'practicioner' designing with the permaculture toolkit. Today's episode sadly is a solo act, as Ben is busy moving again. We'll be back again soon enough with our long form podcast episodes. Be sure to check us out on our instagram @forestgardenpodcast
Coming to you live from the back of Palolo valley on the Island of O'ahu - we have quite and exciting episode for you today. Passiflora is a genus that Ben and I are obsessed with. Back home, the Maypop (Passiflora incarnata) vines I have spread throughout my forest garden are likely just starting to pop up in the landscape. Until I get back to them, I'm spending my time taste testing all of the tropical species of passionfruit I can get my hands on. Tune in to learn all about them! Be sure to check out our Instagram @forestgardenpodcast for photos of some of the species we cover in today's episode. Enjoy!
It's foraging season! Time to grab ye olde foraging basket, a friend, a field guide, and hit the trails! Fill up those baskets to the brim with native wild edibles and then come home to... wait, should we really be doing this? Today's episode delves into spring foraging with tips and tricks for beginners, some thoughts about population decline in ramps (Allium tricoccum), and some forage-able plants you may have never heard of! Stay tuned for a thought provoking episode, and be sure to check us out on our instagram account @forestgardenpodcast where we are the most active/the most easily communicated with if you are looking to reach out. Enjoy!
It's our first ever guest episode! We're pleased to host an episode from a podcast that is very similar to our own, Propaganda by the Seed. Tune in to learn about how Brassica breeder extraordinaire Chris Homanics developed the Homesteader's Kaleidoscopic Perennial Kale Grex. Not sure what a grex is? Well stay tuned to find out! Today's episode is jam packed with information on the topic of breeding new kale varieties, and much more. Be sure to check out the rest of Propaganda by the Seed’s podcast library, available on all major streaming platforms! Relevant links from today's episode: https://store.experimentalfarmnetwork.org/products/kaleidescope-perennial-kale-grex https://edgewood-nursery.com/podcast https://propagandabytheseed.libsyn.com/ http://www.soleone.org/
Spring is springing and we're back again with another informative interview. Jesse Marksohn of Yellowbud Farm (and Fungal Forest Farm) joins us today to introduce us to a tree that has been wholly overlooked by modern society; the Yellowbud Hickory (Carya cordiformis). You may have heard of this tree referred to as bitternut, due to its highly tanic nut content, but did you know that these nuts can be pressed into a golden 'liquid pecan' cooking oil? Think olive oil, but better. Produced locally, potentially better for you, and likely much better tasting because if it's local it's fresh! Get ready to have your mind blown wide open by today's conversation where we also learn about Jesse's experience gallivanting across country visiting every abandoned, or actively stewarded, nut orchard from New England to Tennessee. When I (Mike) first met Jesse, it was at a chestnut roast in Western Massachusetts where he had brought a fold out table - and it was covered from end to end with every named variety of pecan, heartnut, chestnut, and hickory that you haven't heard of. I thought to myself, "This guy is like a walking, talking, genetic repository!" Join us with your ears and attention today, we promise you won't regret it. See Jesse's links below: https://www.yellowbud.farm/ https://www.instagram.com/fungalforestfarm/
Spring is here podcast listeners! It's time to dust off ye olde gardening cap to prune those trees, get those bare root plants in the ground, and start planning that summer vegetable garden you've always dreamed of. In today's episode, prepare to delve into the world of perennial tree collards. Most people are familiar with collards that grow in your vegetable garden in the summer, but did you know there are perennial relatives that can grow to the size of small trees and live eight years or longer? Sequoiah from Project Tree Collard joins us today to tell us all about it. Whether you're a forest gardener in chilly Zone 6 or enjoy the year-round warmth of Zones 9+, Perennial Tree Collards are a highly adaptable family of plants that can provide you with a bounty of highly nutritious food. Listen in to today's episode to learn all about them. Follow Sequoiah via her links below: https://www.projecttreecollard.org/ https://www.instagram.com/projecttreecollard/ https://www.facebook.com/ProjectTreeCollard/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSti61Hw1btrsuB_10Z71hQ
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