My guest for this episode is Eric Toensmeier, author of Perennial Vegetables and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens with Dave Jacke, He, along with Jonathan Bates, also wrote the forthcoming Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Oasis.
In addition to his work as an author, Eric’s diverse background means he’s spent his time breeding plants and saving seeds, as well as teaching classes that expand the ways in which we can build a better a better world. You will find much of wthis his website perennialsolutions.org. He is also building the Apios Institute which focuses on regenerative perennial agriculture for a temperate climate.
He also happens to be a heck of a nice guy that made for an easy free flowing interview in which we discuss some listener questions submitted via the show’s Facebook page, and then delve into a conversation about perennial plants, the broad-scale application of permaculture, and removing some of the fear factor of implementing a forest garden. Throughout you will hear both of us touch on plants we would like to see improved and simple ways anyone who is growing a garden can help domesticate and improve edible perennials.
Billy Joe Tatum’s Wild Foods Field Guide and Cookbook (Out-of-Print. Bookfinder.com link)
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe
Creating a Forest Garden by Martin Crawford
Edible Water Gardens by Nick Romanowski (Out-of-Print. Bookfinder.com link)
The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening
Return to Resistance: Breeding Crops to Reduce Pesticide Dependence by Raoul Robinson
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
Wild Urban Plants of thr Northeast – A Field Guide