Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Permaculture Food Forest Woods Walk. June 14, 2014. Delaware County, NY. USA

Renew New York Woodlands

WHAT: Woods Walk, Walton, Delaware County in south eastern New York state.

WHERE: Golden Mountain Permaculture Sanctuary, Walton, NY

TOPIC: Permaculture Food Forest - Year 2

DATE: Saturday, June 14, 2014

TIME: 2-5 PM
Please arrive by 1:45 PM.

COST: Free.
This walk is an official NYFOA sponsored event.

Landowners (both small and great parcels), prospective landowners, nature lovers, gardeners, those concerned with the environment and forest regeneration, those interested to learn about permaculture and what it is and how it works, and anyone else interested in related topics.

HOST and PRESENTER: Pat Crosby
NYFOA (New York Forest Owners Association)
MFO (Master Forest Owner program of Cornell University)

845.434.3829 US

You are invited to join us on this informative and fun and leisurely walk of a 15 acre mountainside property.

The emphasis on this walk is how an individual forest owner can take a weed-filled meadow of blown down pine trees, and create a habitat for biodiversity, food sustainability, fun, and peace and quiet - using mainly low cost and free methods.

Green Capital
"A food forest is similar to a typical woodland ecosystem but instead of the usual greens you would find in a forest, this substitutes in edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals; all managed with the permaculture design system a
nd philosophy to create a model of a self-sustaining natural ecosystem with many different species growing in the same plot...

The 2013 woods walk showcased how water was to be harvested on this mountainside utilizing permaculture design principles - instead of letting the water run off the land uncontrollably - creating erosion and lack of water.

Now, in 2014, the bulldozing of the water harvesting permaculture design project is complete. Instead of water runoff, there are 3 ponds and several pools and swales which both irrigate the gardens, and provide home and shelter for frogs, salamanders, birds, and many other critters - and provide endless hours of joy and contentment and relaxation as well as irrigate the land and new trees and gardens.

We will discuss the huge increase in biodiversity since the water harvesting project has been completed - birds, frogs, amphibians, etc.

A beginning fruit and nut orchard has been planted. We will see where the land naturally provides good locations for the health and vigor of these plants and learn to observe how Mother Nature plants trees herself for successful growth.

The land is being reclaimed for recreation, biodiversity, long-term forest health, food production, birds, frogs, and pure joy.

There are many wild edible and medicinal plants being encouraged on this property. We will have the opportunity to identify and sample some of them.

Focusing on observing and learning from the grand teacher - Mother Nature - we will see what works successfully naturally, and how we can imitate these practices in creating our own little paradises.

The Northeast of the US is a huge carbon sink.

The top of the ridge features an old pine and spruce tree plantation - a true black forest. We will walk through these magical woodlands, looking for successful biodiversity and discuss the role of trees in climate and water retention.

You can see the difference between the old forest plantation, and the developing food forest once this section of the forest blew down in a great ice storm over 10 years ago.

We will illustrate which trees are good for timber, which are salable, which are animal and bird shelter, and which are to enjoy.

We will discuss the role of forests in climate protection, why forests benefit from managing - especially for small individual property owners - and how invasive species (plant and animal) are putting the very future of our great forests in jeopardy - an how valuable each landowner can be to protect and enhance our global environment.

We wills see natural ways to protect long-term forest regeneration of hardwood trees from deer browsing and invasive species.


The walk is slow and leisurely, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.

The 15 acre property is on a mountainside with moderate slope. There are old logging trails we will be on for most of the walk.

The trails are irregular, so sturdy shoes are necessary. You may want a walking stick, too.

Please wear LONG sleeves, pants, socks, sturdy walking shoes, hat or raincoat. Bring insect repellent.  Be prepared for some brambles, and some irregular walking when we go up to the mountain top black forest. You may want to bring a walking stick.

Children are very welcome.
Keep them with you at all times, please.

Please bring drinking water and any snacks you may need.

There are no restrooms.

Park along the road on the shoulder.

ADDRESS of the walk will be given with registration. It is 6 miles west of the village of Walton, NY.

Rain or shine - unless an absolute downpour. Check this website the day of the walk if there is any doubt in your mind.

Free literature will be available from the NY Cornell Master Forest Owner (MFO) program.


Go HERE to Register.

2. You MUST sign the WAIVER of Liability HERE


Why Food Forests?

Lessons from an Urban Back Yard Food Forest Experiment

Friday, August 30, 2013

Permaculture and Food Forests - Resources. Books, Websites, Names, Videos, etc.

I'll add more resources as I find them - so check back from time to time.

LINK to this PAGE
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Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. Making use of companion planting, these can be intermixed to grow in a succession of layers, to build a woodland habitat.
Forest gardening is a prehistoric method of securing food in tropical areas. In the 1960s, Robert Hart adapted the principles and applied them to temperate climates.


http://permaculturenews.org/ - Permaculture courses and news worldwide. Lots of amazing resources for beginners to advanced students.

PERMIES - Discusses just about everything. Many user forums with interesting discussions.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS - Many How-to articles


Gaias Garden - permaculture classic

Edible Forest Gardens - Dave Jacke

GOOGLE SEARCHES TO LEARN MORE: Web, images, videos...
Permaculture Garden
Permaculture Food Forest


2000 Year Old Food Forest in Morocco

Ancient European Forest Practices

Białowieża Forest

"The entire area of northeastern Europe was originally covered by ancient woodland..."

Battle for Europe's last ancient forest

Green Capital
"A food forest is similar to a typical woodland ecosystem but instead of the usual greens you would find in a forest, this substitutes in edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals; all managed with the permaculture design system and philosophy to create a model of a self-sustaining natural ecosystem with many different species growing in the same plot..."

Greening the Desert - Geoff Lawton - See all 4 parts

Permaculture 04 : Overview and Review (Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton) - 
Many related videos next to this one on the youtube page

College Students turn Lawn to Permaculture food for college

Water Harvesting with Swales

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Woods Walk, NY Forest Owners Association, May 2013

I Bought some Property… Now What?

Your dream has come true – you have your country acres

UPDATE MAY 19, 2013.

This Walton Woodwalk is COMPLETE.

View PHOTOS of the Woodwalk HERE. 
Photo highlights: Permaculture, invasive species, pine plantation, water harvesting, black forest of spruce, frogpond, permaculture food forest in the making.

FOLLOW UP - Learn How To   Permaculture Resources  

Do you have to DO anything with the land?

Or does the land take care of itself?

Former city dweller moves to country and
 is learning what to do with the land.

Come with us on this informative land walk with a Cornell trained Master Forest Owner Pat Crosby and permaculture design consultant Teri Stratford to learn what the land has to say and how to work with it.




Free Public Education Event through NYFOA .Org 
                                                                     NY Forest Owners Association - 

                                Find other dates and locations in NY  for woods walk at this link.


1      Water runoff and management.

     Trees: How to tell if they're worth anything?  Or are they just overgrown weeds? 
                Too many? Not enough?

3       Good and bad logging. Are you getting a fair price? Or being taken advantage of?

4     Deer: Too much of a good thing? Loss of forest regeneration through overgrazing.

5     Birds, bees, butterflies, frogs and wildlife:  Creating habitat they like and their value.

6      Gardens: Natural, edible plants, food production.

7      Permaculture: What it is and what it does. Developing a plan.

8      Homesteading: Creating a sustainable environment for you, the trees, and the critters.            

9      Fruit and nut orchard; grapes - Getting started. Restoring old apple trees.

10  Tree plantations – for fun or profit?


Pat Crosby is an MFO (Cornell trained Master Forest Owner) volunteer. 

She will explain what to look for in your land and point out resources to help you find out how to accomplish your goals – using this parcel as a demonstration.

You will be able to book a volunteer walk with her on your property after this walk to learn about your woodlands and what to do with them.

Teri Stratford is a permaculture design consultant and has studied advanced permaculture design with master teacher Dave Jacke, author of
Edible Forest Gardens

She is a greatly appreciated permaculture teacher in our area.

Her expertise is to help you learn to read your land and work WITH your land for your purposes. She will discuss water mapping and water harvesting. We will discuss the new trails, swales and water bars implemented on this property to conserve and harvest the water, prevent erosion, balance the ecology, and provide irrigation for the permaculture planting. We will see how the plants have adapted to the water on the land.


Visitors are welcome to take home their own freshly pulled small Norway spruce trees, some small woodland plants, and blackberry and raspberry plants. Bring containers or bags for these and some work gloves and small shovel to collect your own plants.

*  Complimentary handouts courtesy of the MFO (Master Forest Owner) program are available.

 You will be able to join NYFOA at this event (NY Forest Owners Association). NYFOA is for anyone who loves trees and wants to help them. You do not have to own forest land to be a member. You get informative magazines with great articles to learn and share when you are a member and support expanding knowledge of how to care for our trees - our great northeast carbon sink, filters for our drinking water, habitat for life, and our own great peace and joy.

*  All visitors will be required to sign a liability release form.

*  Complimentary natural herb TEA from local plants will be served at the conclusion of the walk from 4-5 PM.  Bring healthy snacks to share if you like. This will be an hour for Q and  A and further conversation.  


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Golden Hills of Goldenrod now in Blossom. By Pat Crosby

By Pat Crosby
Aah... August!

Years ago - when I used to commute weekly back and forth from the
Catskill Mountains to New York City - I would notice the colors on the
hills rolling past the bus windows were different each week.
Some weeks the hills were pink. Some weeks blue. Some weeks, purple.
Then some white. Sometimes orange.

It was always such a delightful, amazing surprise to revel in the
colorful surprises lining the fields along the highway.
Then come late summer, all would be ablaze in golden golden golden goldenrods.
Latin: (Solidago spp.)

Now that I have moved and live in the Catskill mountains of New York, when I walk out now on my mountain side, the goldenrods are so thick and voluptuous, I have to push and stomp some aside to be able to get a foothold on the walking path. Or to get into and reach the delectable red raspberries and blackberries growing just beyond the reach of the path.

This year, I am starting to learn about and harvest my own herbs...
preparing for the long winter ahead with various complaints like sore
throats, stuffy noses, sore muscles from snow shoveling ...pick your
choice of winter maladies.

I like using nature's choice, right outside my windows, for simple
relief and comfort from the various bumps along the road of life.
With the power of google search, I began researching the healthful
properties of these gorgeously arrayed wild flowers and herbs growing
so abundantly everywhere in the Catskills.

As I have upside down sprays of assorted wild flowers and herbs now
fragrantly drying in my living room windows, I am simultaneously
studying their documented uses and preparation methods.
So many interesting google results - from the folklore wisdom, the
indigenous wisdom, and now more and more scientific documentation of
the healing properties of our natural health plants growing everywhere
you look.

Here is just one site I found about goldenrod... I am studying it
while enjoying my goldenrod tea that I just picked, boiled, and am now

You can, of course, spend endless fascinating hours doing google
searches yourself on the wonders of our natural plants.
Then if you decide to collect and put some of these wondrous plans
aside for the winter, you can have lots of fun experiencing what they
can do.

I think I will have a little sale of the naturally organic,
wild-crafted plants I have been harvesting... with all due thanks to
Mother Nature and the wonderful plant spirits!

By the way, herbal plants are powerful - as much as they are
delightful and fragrant. So be sure to do lots of research and check
with your medical provider if you have any health conditions and/or
are taking any prescription medications.

Pat Crosby

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Please note, this article has not been submitted, reviewed, or
otherwise considered by the FDA. No health claims are made or implied.
This information is for entertainment purposes only. Consult your
health practitioners for any medical concerns or recommendations.

Copyright 2009, Pat Crosby. All Rights Reserved. Feel free to share
and disseminate this article as long as full credit and links are
given, and the article is left intact.

Annual Delaware County Fair, Walton, NY