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Forest Garden Report v.2013

Forest Garden Report v.2013

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Forest Garden Report for on-going Permaculture Project in Chico, CA. Report details project after 4 years of design and implementation. Includes details for the integration of several different but inherently interconnected systems: forest gardens with rooftop rainwater harvesting earthworks, greenhouse with aquaponics for tropical/winter food production, 2 annual vegetable production areas, compost piles and mulch staging area, firewood staging area near home, wide/elevated pathways through all high use areas, chicken coop with small straw yard and managed pasture and, lastly, aquaculture ponds –large in ground swimming pool converted to a pond for fish production, habitat, aquaponics and irrigation.
Forest Garden Report for on-going Permaculture Project in Chico, CA. Report details project after 4 years of design and implementation. Includes details for the integration of several different but inherently interconnected systems: forest gardens with rooftop rainwater harvesting earthworks, greenhouse with aquaponics for tropical/winter food production, 2 annual vegetable production areas, compost piles and mulch staging area, firewood staging area near home, wide/elevated pathways through all high use areas, chicken coop with small straw yard and managed pasture and, lastly, aquaculture ponds –large in ground swimming pool converted to a pond for fish production, habitat, aquaponics and irrigation.

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Published by: Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper on Aug 02, 2013
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Filbert Ave. Residence 
Design by Stephanie Ladwig-CooperImplementation by Brian Ladwig-CooperGaia Creations,
Ecological Landscaping - Permaculture Solutions
 
P.O Box 3358 Chico, CA 530-828-6390
..........
 A PermaculturForest Garden 
 
Filbert Ave.Chico, CA 959266-1-2013
 
Filbert Ave. Residence Forest Garden 6-1-2013
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© Gaia Creations 2013
CONTENTS
 
Filbert Ave. Residence Forest Garden 6-1-2013
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© Gaia Creations 2013
CLIENT CONTACT DETAILS
(left blank for privacy) 
Chico, CA 95926
FOREST GARDEN GOALS & PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The
forest garden
is the unifying piece of the larger permaculture design. One element theforest garden connects to is the natural fish pond which was converted from a chlorineswimming pool. The fish pond can be used to irrigate the forest gardens when necessaryand has the ability to collect rooftop rainwater for seasonal refilling. The intention of theconversion was to not rely on municipal water sources. The pond is continuous with thelarger rainwater harvesting network; if the pond overfills during a large rainfall event thewater simply moves passively into the forest garden network of infiltration trenches andmulch basins. The pond and adjacent aquaculture greenhouse are planned to be solarpowered for long term energy efficiency. The forest garden is both intensively managed aswell as seasonally managed (based on phase of completion) and provide year round foragingdelights. Edible perennial and annual polycultures grow throughout the forest gardens toensure a high rate of food production. The forest gardens are abundant in multifunctionalplants from our own local bioregion and from around the world creating lasting resilience topests and disease –diversity creates stability. The forest gardens as a whole create a mosaicof secluded wildlife niches, abundant food sources and plenty of open space for both workingand playing.
FOREST GARDEN GOALS
Desired foods and other useful products:
 
Eat fresh fruit from April to November from the garden (with more of some to storeand process when possible)
 
The forest garden provides fresh green, shoots, roots, and mushrooms in season.
 
Eat from fish farming, aquatic vegetables and annual tropical garden elements livingin greenhouse.
 
Eat fresh eggs from 3-6 chickens
Other essential needs the garden fulfills:
 
 A materials staging area which hasvehicle access for loading and unloading.
 
The forest garden also serves as ademonstration garden for communityeducation tours and surplus food.

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