One of the goals on our farm is to make our area food secure (without providing all the food ourselves!) Every couple of years our farm does what we call a Community Tree Order. We purchase bare-root fruit trees in bulk from a grower and sell them at our cost to interested people in our area.
When we first moved to our farm in Deary, Idaho Dec. 24, 2008 we were so excited. “What grows here?” we’d ask the farmers and locals. Mostly when we told them what we wanted to plant they said, “Oh, that won’t grow here.” Hmm. Being a bit long in the tooth (stubborn) that didn’t sit so well with me. Now I’m all about making a difference in our world. I figured it would help others if I figured this out, so I ordered a couple thousand dollars worth of seed from about 20 different companies, placed ads for cuttings and plant donations, my clients donated money to the project at various times to purchase ‘mother plants’ and we went to work. Yep, this represents quite a bit of money, love and time. Michael (my husband) and I are not horticulturists. We don’t have a degree in this. We just like to grow things.
We hope you will benefit from our hard work and plant something to make our area ‘food secure’. More. . .
A Permaculture Plant Guild is a useful polyculture combination of functional plants that co-exist and produce synergistically with minimal input. It mimics groups of plants grown in natural ecosystems. When mature it is self-mulching, self-fertilizing, free of pests yet full of pollinators and it will produce more in this one little area than any individual monocrop. Remember the Permaculture principles. . .care of the earth, care of the self, share the rest. One classic example of a guild is The Three Sisters (Corn, Beans, Squash) but often the Indians would add in a forth sister, Cleome (a nitrogen fixer). more . . .