Little Ivy Agroforestry tour
Where: Beech Glen area of Mars Hill, 30 minutes north of Asheville.
When: September 8th, 2018
Time: 9:30am Meet at Beech Glen community center
10am -12pm~ Tour Forest Garden
12:30-1~ Shuttle to Glorious Forest
2-4~ Tour Glorious Forest
4-5~ Q&A w/plant sale 4-5
We’ll begin the day with a tour of Tony’s forest garden, a one acre slope dedicated to fruit and nut trees, herbs, perennial veg and small livestock. The site has been under development for 10 years. The hill’s topography was reshaped over time to increase rainwater infiltration and maximize soil development. We will focus on guild building and maintenance in small agroforestry systems to minimize input and boost yield. We will discuss regenerative methods for establishing systems on steep sites and explore low tech rainwater harvesting techniques.
We will shuttle a couple miles down the road to Glorious Forest for lunch. Food will include forage finished pork, acorn flour, mulberry greens, roasted hazelnuts, FG eggs, FG tea, FG honey, maybe some rabbitt or rooster (well see) ???(plan out dishes)
For the afternoon we will tour the systems implemented at Glorious Forest over the past 6 years. These include hazelnut variety trials and breeding plots in existing meadows, diverse tree polycultures planted into renovated sloped woodland, and extensive management of existing forest systems. The focus on this site is producing staple foods for humans and livestock from perennial, mostly native, plant systems. Ground layers are managed by small ruminants and swine. The tour will focus on the practical implementation and maintenance of these systems.
We will wrap up with an hour of discussion and a plant sale. All stock is from proven parentage grown in the local area. Attendees will receive a 10% discount on plants ordered or purchased during the tour.