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Re: Request - Community Garden Research Projects

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Request - Community Garden Research Projects
  • From: "Sharon Gordon" gordonse@one.net
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 09:26:32 -0400

Hi, Amelia,

Sounds like a wonderfully interesting area of study.  Hope you hear of lots
of interesting upcoming projects. You may be able to turn some up in a lit
search on butterfly diversity or bird counts in certain areas.  I know there
are several community gardens who keep a comprehensive list of birds that
live around or migrate through their areas, and some may have added plants
to increase diversity.  A number of community gardens and school gardens do
plant butterfly gardens. Probably some have done before and after diversity

A couple of things that I have thought would make interesting projects:

1) To allow a natural hedgerow to grow in a border around community gardens.
What comes up in it and how does it change over time?

2) To plant an extremely diverse hedgerow that has fruit, nuts, seeds, and
medicinal herbs..
-To see how it changes over time
-To see how it increases diversity of insects and birds
-To see how organic garden plots are affected.

3) To garden for humans in a hedgerow style and see how effective that is in
terms of quality and yields.  I am concerned about harvesting being
difficult though, particularly in a hedgerow more than 4 feet wide, and
wider than that would be for a hedgerow..

4) For some businesses to landscape with food plants in an attractive edible
landscape and let employees harvest the results.
Some resources for this are:

*Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally, by Robert

*Rosalind Creasy's Edible Garden Series
The Complete book of Edible Landscaping
The Edible Flower Garden
The Edible Herb Garden
The Edible Pepper Garden
The Edible French Garden
The Edible Mexican Garden
The Edible Italian Garden
The Edible Rainbow Garden
The Edible Salad Garden
And she has a few others that work with these too.

*Any Permaculture book

*How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land
than You can Imagine, John Jeavons
Note that 7th edition is due out this fall.  If you read a 6th edition, look
for one printed 2002 or later that has info on his 40 bed system on pages

*One Circle: How to Grow a Complete Diet in Less than 1000 square feet,
David Duhon
*One Basic Kenyan Diet
*One Basic Mexican Diet

*Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
Some pictures are here

*Plants for a future.  Search database for multiple uses of plants

5. Some things you might enjoy seeing or participating in while in North
America in addition to community garden resources:

Biointensive 3day workshop and 5 day teacher's workshops with John Jeavons
It's especially good for the 3day one if you can take it at their site as
you can see examples of all their projects in action.

UC Santa Cruz apprenticeship gardens

Some of the Napa and Sonoma, California wineries that have permaculture
landscaping as part of their vineyards.
Viansa has some excellent examples, though it's hard to tell from their
though they do say a bit about their wetlands here

Any permaculture site you are near

6.  There is a university with a major community garden and research plots


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