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Jonathan Bates - Paradise Lot


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Jonathan Bates, Permaculturist, Co-Author of Paradise Lot

A neglected Holyoke house lot is re-born as a thriving edible forest garden with a wide variety of edible plants and trees. Jonathan Bates offers an overview of how he and his collaborator, Eric Toensmeier, applied principles of permaculture to transform their back and front yards, and how you can do it too.

Presented at the Urban and Suburban Carbon Farming to Reverse Global Warming conference at Harvard University on May 3, 2015, organized by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate.

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Jonathan Bates - Paradise Lot

  1. 1. A presentation by Jonathan Bates From Bare Ground to Urban Paradise on One-Tenth of an Acre
  2. 2. Holyoke, MA Paradise Lot
  3. 3. Our neighborhood Our families Our book Paradise Lot
  4. 4. A presentation by Jonathan Bates * builds soil and restores degraded land * provides ecosystem services like habitat and rainwater infiltration * contributes to a just food system and self-determination for communities * stabilizes global climate through carbon sequestration We garden using permaculture design, that
  5. 5. * mimic the structure and function of forest ecosystems * designed for low maintenance * attract wildlife and expand habitat * grow non-food products too: ~ construction material ~ livestock fodder ~ fuelwood ~ fertilizers ~ medicine We garden with Edible Forest Gardens (food forests, home gardens)
  6. 6. We create food abundance by mimicking a young forest. We pick a handful of fresh greens or fruit every day. We are partners with the garden rather then managers of the garden. Design goals Paradise Lot Food ???
  7. 7. Site observations + Goals, Inform Design (regenerative)
  8. 8. Paradise Lot Final Design 2004 Challenges become opportunities... * Design with plants for shade * Poor soil grows good sheds
  9. 9. spring summer Design in patches and through time Use and value diversity... over 200 species of useful and edible plants, 50% native (super geeks!) Multifunctional elements... perennial polycultures of multipurpose plants
  10. 10. Before
  11. 11. After
  12. 12. Abundance
  13. 13. We create food abundance by mimicking a young forest. infinite yield... - 400 pounds of perennial food created 2011 (not including annual vegetables) We pick a handful of fresh greens or fruit every day. - meets 80% of our fruit and greens need during the growing season - meets 20% of our food needs year round Evaluating the garden design goals We are partners with the garden rather then managers of the garden. observe and interact... - weeds become eggs and compost (from the chickens) - abundance of baby plants generate income ($10,000 gross in four months) - soil is thriving and mineralized, sequestering carbon (7.5 tons in 10 years)
  14. 14. Workshops,Tours,Plant Sales every month April - September 2015 .com • Name • Town & State • Phone • Email • Want notices? Yes/No Start spring out right with a free Regenerative Landscape Transformation Session First come first serve  Free Phone Consult Permaculture Certification Course 6 weekend sessions September - December 2015 .org