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I completed my PDC with Geoff Lawton in the Spring of 2018. I am currently working on a urban scale Permaculture/Regenerative agriculture project at my home in Northfield, MN. It contains a mix of postage stamp sized savannah, forest and prairie landscapes being managed primarily as forage-able habitat.
In my current work life I am a Licensed acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal practitioner.
Little Forest in The Big Woods
Master's Oriental Medicine Northwestern Health Sciences 2011
2018 PDC Geoff Lawton
I completed my PDC with Geoff Lawton in the Spring of 2018. I am currently working on a urban scale Permaculture/Regenerative agriculture project at my home in Northfield, MN. It contains a mix of postage stamp sized savannah, forest and prairie landscapes being managed primarily as forage-able habitat. My interests are in growing a lot of traditional native foods to the region.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
I am working on a relatively new site (to me) but I enjoy growing a mix of woody and perennial foods. I believe in working with plants that are already present and adding diversity that naturally occurs frequently with these plants in nature. I have had good success with Serviceberries, Hybrid Hazelnuts, Bur Gambel Oak, Clove Currant, Chokecherries, Jerusalem Artichokes, Goumi, Hackberry and Mulberry. I have struggled with Native Persimmons and Paw Paws (although I have some seedlings from seed from another local grower and a few of them appeared to make it through our extremely cold Winter this year). I am in the process of transitioning in some more "human edible" analogues to plants already growing on site, such as Patience Dock (we have some curly dock volunteers) and bladder campion (we have hairy campion volunteers on site).
Kitchen-garden's worth (41 to 100 sq. ft)
Soil is very sandy glacial outwash. pH is 6.5 pretty minimal clay content (I would say about 2%)
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
There are some apples, plums, and pears being grown in the neighborhood as well as vegetable gardens. Worse crop is lawns which are generally if anything is being sprayed, it's lawns.
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
See above (outside of the 2 mile radius GMO corn and soy are the primary farm crops in the surrounding community)
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
GMO soy and corn are the primary crops being grown in the surrounding areas, there is about a 2 mile radius which is the town itself from where I live to these areas.
Other relevant information
Japanese beetles defoliated much of my grape vines last year before I started to hand remove them.