Certified Organic Master Gardener

by sherry lyons
(west coast, vancouver island)

My family and I live on a 10acre farm on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.


Although our mixed farm has been chemically free for 5 or more years now, I have only recently completed my CMOG designation. I am very interested in permaculture design and was hoping that I'd find a forum on this topic.

Our farm consists of hayfields, pasture, horse paddocks and 2 large organic food gardens as well as various other perennial, herb and shrub gardens. The unused paddocks have a few evergreen trees and a seasonal creek running through so I'd like to turn this area into a forest garden.

MEG: Great idea! I'll put a poll in the next ezine and if the interest is there, will set up a new Permie forum.

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Mar 21, 2011
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Forest Garden
by: Anonymous

I already have pasture for my sheep and horses and 2 very large vegetable gardens. I am just reading up on permaculture and found the forest garden. This idea really intrigues me.

Mar 19, 2011
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Feb 10, 2011
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forest garden
by: Anonymous

The horse paddock is about 1/3 acre in size and completely fenced. It has been empty now for a year and the grass and weeds are just starting to come back. There is a 12x12 run in shed with an outside entrance at the top corner and a 12' gate at the bottom of the property. There is a seasonal creek that runs the length of the property. There is a hedgerow of cedars on one length of the paddock. I would like to make the garden lightly foragable for sheep and chickens, once established. We have plenty of horse pasture but only 1 1/2 acres fenced for the sheep. I would also like to include fruit/nut trees and other edibles for us.

I would love to hear any ideas or suggestions you might have though.

Feb 09, 2011
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Just asking
by: Peter

Just interested to know why a forest garden as opposed to alley farming with tree rows arranged across major wind directions for shelter. Are you not interested in grazing animals or growing crops?

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