Logo primary
Logo secondary
Ethan Roland 's Profile
Ethan Roland
Details
Joined:
25/01/2011
Last Updated:
15/02/2011
Location:
Stone Ridge, NY, United States
Climate Zone:
Cold Temperate
Gender:
Male





My Projects

(projects i'm involved in)

Gaia University Northeast

Gaia University Northeast

Stone Ridge, US

Terra Genesis International

Terra Genesis International

Stone Ridge, US


Projects

(projects i'm following)

Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute The Panya Project Afristar Permaculture Research Institute Chile Pinnacle Creek Farms Starting & Staying Small Miracle Farms
Followers
Following
Andrea Montini Chief Phillip 'Cloudpiler' Landis Daniel Bovalino Darren J.  Doherty Evans Owuor Odula Geoff Lawton Grifen Hope Ithatiane Antunes Janell Kapoor Javiera Carrion Jesse Lemieux John Stollmeyer Juliano Riciardi Kirsten Bradley Lindsay Dozoretz Liora Adler Lorraine Ciarallo Nick Huggins Soozi van der Linde Teresa Ferreira Ávila Dominot Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes Warren Brush

Back to Ethan Roland's profile

Permaculture Orchard Renovation

Posted by Ethan Roland over 10 years ago

Transforming a derelict orchard - a complete design by 2010 AppleSeed Permaculture Interns.

Permaculture Orchard Renovation

Permaculture Orchard Renovation

(Note from Ethan: This post is a final design report by the 2010 AppleSeed Permaculture Interns Brandy Hall (Ashevillage Institute & owner of Shades of Green, Inc) and Evan Schoepke (Gaia Punk Design Co-op & Punk Rock Permaculture E-Zine). The full design presentation is included as a slideshow at the end of the post (see www.appleseedpermaculture.com/blog if it doesn't show up here). AppleSeed Permaculture is currently accepting applications for our 2011 Internship program - click here to learn more.)

Design Challenge

We set out to address the challenges of an existing five-acre orchard which had not been managed in five years...

The 1200+ trees of various highly-cultivated varieties of apples and other species in the Rosaceae family were overgrown and very vulnerable to pests and diseases. The client wanted to assume his role as steward of the land, but does not have experience in agriculture. Our job as the design team was to address both the physical and socio-economic landscape for this client.

Project Goals

The healthy, productive and inviting land overflows with abundance, generating a diversified income. The client is a steward of the land, and the site is a thriving economic, educational, and social center.

Design

We addressed the design challenge by creating a five-year Orchard Renovation plan, which implements a cross-pollination cluster model. In this model, trees of different plant families are placed next to each other, but are close enough in proximity to trees of the same family to cross-pollinate, without sharing pests and diseases. The client is passionate about pesticide-free agriculture, and this model addressed his concern, while diversifying income. The new orchard included: Apple, Chestnut, Persimmon, Paw Paw, Mulberry, and Cornelian Cherry. The economic design integrated a Rare Fruits CSA, Fruit Stand, and Pick-Your-Own, with understory yields in each season. Other elements of the design included: Native and Medicinal Plant walk, Nut Grove windbreak, Reconstructed Wetland, Cut Flowers, a Mandala Kitchen Garden, and Integrated animal systems.

Client Feedback

“I’ve spent some time reviewing the professional, thorough and comprehensive work you presented me with—it’s far more complete and helpful than I could ever have expected.”

 

(I emedded the design in a slideshare.net, view the complete version here.)

Comments (4)

You must be logged in to comment.

Robin Greenwood
Robin Greenwood : Excellent
Posted over 10 years ago

Report Robin Greenwood on Permaculture Orchard Renovation

Reason:

or cancel

Max Vittrup Jensen
Max Vittrup Jensen : Looking forward to study it in detail. It sounds quite like same task which one of our PDC graduates, Michel Postma (NL), did an outstanding job of back in 2005. It's a plan for the old apple orchards PermaLot purchased in 2001 in Czech Republic.

You may want to enjoy the visualization of his design here (our graphic made 5 excellent drawings): http://zelenycarodej.cz/permalot.php The full text in English is available here: http://permalot.org/files/u2/files/lti_Functional_Extensive_Organic_Orchard_III.pdf
Posted over 10 years ago

Report Max Vittrup Jensen on Permaculture Orchard Renovation

Reason:

or cancel

Mari Korhonen
Mari Korhonen : Just recently we were working with a similar orchard on our Permaculture Designers Blitz. Thanks for sharing this!
Posted over 10 years ago

Report Mari Korhonen on Permaculture Orchard Renovation

Reason:

or cancel

Report on Permaculture Orchard Renovation

Reason:

or cancel

My Badges
Consultant Aid worker Pdc teacher
My Permaculture Qualifications
Other course verified
M.S. Eco-Social Design
Type: Gaia University
Teacher: Andrew Langford
Location: Gaia University International, TN, USA
Date: Sep 2007
Other course verified
Teaching Permaculture Creatively
Type: Teacher Training
Teacher: Dave Jacke
Location: Teaching Permaculture Creatively - NH, USA
Date: Mar 2007
6 PDC Graduates (list)
0 PRI PDC Graduates (list)
1 Other Course Graduates (list)
have acknowledged being taught by Ethan Roland
2 have not yet been verified (list)
Climate Zones
Ethan Roland has permaculture experience in:
Alpine
Cold Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate
Sub-tropical
Wet/Dry Tropical
Wet Tropical
Dry Tropical

Report Ethan Roland

Reason:

or cancel

Hide Ethan Roland

Reason:

or cancel

Hide Permaculture Orchard Renovation

Reason:

or cancel

Report Permaculture Orchard Renovation

Reason:

or cancel