forget the champagne this NYE: we found lost apple cider

posted December 27, 2016

Shacksbury Orchard out of Vergennes, VT is collecting  lost apple varieties and creating remarkably distinctive hard ciders from them. In the best thing since Rodolph came to the Island of Misfit Toys, the orchardists have grafted a Lost Orchard, propagating 12 carefully selected wild and heirloom apple varieties to over 1000 trees. No where near VT? Not to worry! You can find their ciders around the country and even order online.


he may not yuzu, but his dragon flies

posted October 4, 2016

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Greenhorns Blog reader John D. Galuska, Ph.D., followed up our post on the cold-hearty Asian citrus the Yuzu, by sending us some pictures and information about the Flying Dragon fruit. The Flying Dragon is a dwarf cultivar of Trifolate orange, native to China and Korea, and supposedly hearty to USDA zone 6. Galuska, who runs Grown In Town Farmstead in Bloomington, IN, writes:

I’ve been growing Flying Dragon at my urban farm in Bloomington, Indiana for about 6 years (outside year round in Zone 6). The photos I’ve attached are from one of the larger trees I have now. It had a great deal of fruit this year and seems to be thriving. I know of only a few other growers who have mature Flying Dragon trees in Indiana, but the word is spreading.

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There are a few other reports of this citrus around the internet. By some accounts, it is not very tasty, but but there are people out there that use it for a variety of things including a citrus-ade, marmalade, allergy-aid, and syrups.

Do you grow a cold-heart citrus or other rare fruits? We’d love to keep hearing from readers who are pioneering rare fruit varieties in their communities and bio-zones.


DO YOU YUZU?

posted September 21, 2016

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Besides laying claim to the coolest name we can imagine for a citrus fruit, the Yuzu, a small citrus hailing from Japan and China, is renowned for its ability to withstand temperatures as cold as 10 degrees F. In Japan, chefs use the tart fruit for quintessential condiments including the Ponzu sauce you dip your dumplings into. Growers in the US might become excited about the tree as a citrus variety that it may conceivably be possible to grow in colder climates.

Four Winds Growers in Winters, CA provides Yuzu trees for sale, as well as a brilliant fact sheet on the fruit and several condiment recipes. Three cheers for cold-hearty citrus! Three cheers for making your own outrageously wonderful condiments!


the best time to plant a tree is now

posted May 17, 2016

So get some good advice from the experts! This is one of the best youtube planting tutorials that I’ve ever seen.

Tooley’s Trees is a retail and wholesale nursery in the beautiful Truchas, NM, on the highroad between Santa Fe and Taos, at 7,960’. They are also tree whisperers. If you don’t live in New Mexico, you maybe have never heard of them, but– as you can probably tell from the video– they are worth knowing about. Using native soil in fabric bags and root maker pots, Toooley’s Trees grows a large variety of shrubs, trees, and fruits. Being in the high desert of the Southwest, they focus on growing varieties that are drought-resistant, can tolerate high pHs, and can thrive at high elevation. They use holistic management and organic practices, which they say, “is time consuming and labor intensive, but results in healthier plants, soils, water quality and beneficial insect populations.”



Ojai CITRUS HAPPENINGS next weekend!

posted April 19, 2016

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Hey Greenhorns…What is the Future of Citrus? Have you been wondering? We’re sponsoring two great events this weekend in Ojai related to this question.
 
Saturday 23rd April
2pm Community Rights Workshop at Oak Grove School
with Javan Briggs
Sunday 24th April
2pm Citrus Grafting working at Poco Farm
with John Valenzuela RSVP HERE.
Specifically, we’re asking:
All these commodity oranges that grow in our valley, where to they go?
Can our region afford to water these trees?
What is in all these spraying regimes?
What is the history of the Sunkist cooperative and how can the industry adapt to drought?
What is the future of citrus in southern California?
Join Greenhorns special guests to discuss and explore the future of fruit 
from an ecological, community health, and resilience perspective.
We will learn how to organize to protect ourselves from poison drift
We will learn how to graft citrus trees from one variety to another.
We will discuss strategies other drought-stricken regions have used to adapt to new conditions.
 
Events are FREE! and scheduled to align with Ojai Earth Day at Oak Grove School
where international eco-hero Vandana Shiva will be speaking.
MORE DETAILS AFTER THE BREAK//

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wanted: resident farm intern/permaculturist/gardner in new zealand

posted May 28, 2015

Uma Rapiti Farm New Zealand:

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We are a family who have a small, organic farm on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.  We are looking for someone with experience in organic farming/permaculture to help on our land as part of a work exchange. The property is relatively new to our family; we have been developing it as an educational and experimental farm since 2007. We have seven acres of NW facing former paddock – some sloping, some flat.  We have beautiful views of the Gulf.  There are small, established tracts of native bush that help shelter us from the NW winds.

Located in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, Waiheke Island is about 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland. At approximately 92 square km it is the second-largest gulf island.  There is a permanent population of around 8,000 residents.  The island is known for its beautiful blend of farmland, bush, beaches, vineyards and olive groves.  Cycling/mountain biking, sea kayaking, tramping, wine tasting, swimming or simply relaxing on a white sand beach give visitors and residents endless ways to spend their time.  The primary industries on the island are wine-making, olive production, tourism and arts/crafts.

We would like farmers any time of the year and applications are considered on a rolling basis. This position is well suited to recent farm/CSA interns.  Ideally, we would like a couple.  Stipend to be negotiated based on experience and availability.  Accommodation: very comfortable sleepout (cottage) with electricity, sheltered
outdoor cooking facilities, hot outdoor shower and composting toilet. A 9-12 month commitment is preferable. Previous farmers have planned a “working holiday” with us and then travelled around NZ.

Contact Anu Shinnamon by at anushinnamon@gmail.com or check out the website http://umarapitifarm.co.nz/

ABSOLUTELY NON-SMOKING FARM – NO DRUGS TOLERATED


community orchards

posted May 13, 2013

community_orchardsThe National Center for Appropriate Technology announces a new ATTRA publication, “Community Orchards.”

Abstract:  This publication introduces community orchards and discusses the history of the community orchard movement and the motivations behind producing fruit in a community orchard. It offers a step-by-step guide to starting a community orchard and advice on choosing fruit trees and plants most likely to provide successful harvests, including apples, pears, grapes, brambles, and other, unusual fruits. A profile of a community orchard program and a list of further resources are also included.

Free pdf download at https://attra.ncat.org/horticultural.html  then “fruits” and “Community Orchards”