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“Paradise Lot: Making an Edible Garden Oasis in the City” with Jonathan Bates

By Jen Risley (May 20, 2013)

“Paradise Lot: Making an Edible Garden Oasis in the City” with Jonathan Bates
Sat, June 1, 1pm – 2pm
Durham Community Church, 17 Main St., Durham, NH

paradiselotcoverWhen Jonathan Bates and Eric Toensmeier moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become a “permaculture paradise” replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa — all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot.

The garden — intended to function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing most of the garden’s needs for fertility, pest control, and weed suppression — also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and more. In telling the story of Paradise Lot, they explain the principles and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process. Paradise Lot is also a funny and charming story of two single guys with a wild plan: to realize the garden of their dreams and meet women to share it with. Amazingly, on both counts, they succeed!

Cost: $5-10 per person, payable at the workshop. Books will be available for sale and for signing after the program.  Full event description.

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