Resources

Articles about Wildside:


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Useful books:

  • Ashworth, Suzanne, Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, Second Edition
    Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, IA, 2002.


  • Coleman, Eliot, The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques
    and Unheated Greenhouses
    Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction,VT, 2009.


  • Connolly, Bryan, CR Lawn, Contributing Editor. The Wisdom of Plant Heritage: Organic Seed Production and Saving
    NOFA Interstate Council, Barre MA, 2004.


  • Falk, Ben, The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach
    Chelsea Green, White River Junction, 2013.


  • Fukuoka, Masanobu, The One-Straw Revolution New York Review of Books, New York, NY, 1978, 1986.


  • Howell, John C. and Ruth Hazzard, Eds.,2014 – 2015 Vegetable Management Guide: New England Region
    University of Massachusetts, 2012.


  • Jacke, Dave with Eric Toensmeier, Edible Forest Gardens: Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate.
    Volume I: Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture
    White River Junction VT, 2005.


  • Jeavons, John. How To Grow More Vegetables (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) Than You
    Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine,
    7th Edition, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley CA, 2006.


  • Logsdon, Gene, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind White River Junction VT, 2005.


  • Magdoff, Fred and Harold Van Es, Building Soils for Better Crops: Sustainable Soil Management, 3rd Edition
    Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, Waldorf MD, 2009.


  • Otto, Stella, The Backyard Berry Book: A Hands-on Guide to Growing Berries, Brambles, & Vine Fruit in the Home Garden, Chelsea Green, White River Junction, VT, 1995


  • Salatin, Joel, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT, 2010.


  • Seed Savers Exchange Inc., Garden Seed Inventory: An Inventory of Seed Catalogs Listing All Non-Hybrid Vegetable Seeds Available in the United States and Canada, Sixth Edition, Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, IA, 2004.


  • Shepard, Mark, Restoration Agriculture: Perennial Permaculture for the Farm, Acres USA, 2013.


  • Toensmeier, Eric, with contributions from Jonathan Bates, Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre
    and The Making of An Edible Garden Oasis in the City,
    Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT, 2013.


  • Toensmeier, Eric,Perennial Vegetables: From Artichoke to 'Zuiki' Taro, a Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT, 2007.


  • Weisman, Alan, The World Without Us, St. Martin's Press, New York NY, 2007.


Helpful people and Organizations in Western Mass:

  • Regenerative Design Group Wildside would not exist as anything like the important teaching platform and demonstration site it is without RDG, and specfically one of its principals, Jono Neiger. In early 2007 Jono took time over many weeks to observe how wind and water move through our complicated landscape, where sun would be at different hours and different seasons, and what would thrive in which soils and conditions. He identified the seven distinct microclimates in which very different food crops could be grown. The ongoing engagement with Jono and his partners Keith Zaltzberg and Sebastian Gutwein, and their colleague, Josiah Simpson, has been key in making Wildside the abundant edible landscape it is today - and will be now for many years to come.
    413-325-7968
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  • Food Forest Farm Jonathan Bates offers an unmatched demonstration of urban farming on his richly abundant 1/10 of an acre in Holyoke. Not to be missed: he sells plants, offers tours and workshops and consulting. Jonathan is co-author with Eric Toensmeier of the book Paradise Lot, a great read. Jonathan and colleague Lisa DePiano offer a Permaculture Design Course, Permaculture FEAST in the fall, and usually include a day at Wildside.
    413-437-0101
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    Eric Toensmeier is one of the best authors in the new wave of permaculture experimentors and thinkers. He worked with his friend Jonathan Bates to build the famed Paradise Lot, and wrote the book of the same name. He is currently writing a book about how perennial and regenerative food production systems can help slow global climate change, and provide fair access to food.
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    Lisa DePiano's Mobile Design Lab specializes in participatory Permaculture Design and Permablitz installations for residences, businesses, schools, farms and institutions. Lisa aims to create places that improve the health of soil, water and air, as well as the health of the people who live on the land. Over 15 years' experience.
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  • Seeds of Solidarity Seeds of Solidarity in Orange has long lived by the motto, Grow food everywhere! High-energy founders Deb Habib and Rick Baruc and their associates give workshops, tours and programs for youth and community that are widely and deservedly acclaimed. There are over 30 free resources on their website. And do not miss the annual fall North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival they organize with their neighbors!
    978-544-9023
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  • Sowing Solutions's principal, Kay Cafasso, gives popular annual permaculture design certification courses at Sirius Community in Shutesbury in the spring and summer. Tours of Wildside and a number of other working permaculture and herbalist sites are included.
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  • Jane Roy Brown has had a long career as a writer on horticulture and as a popular teacher of writing. Jane will offer Moving Beyond Despair writing workshops for those who want to express and explore their deep feelings, vivid memories, pleasures, fears, anger, questions and perceptions of Nature in the context of the challenges of global climate change. Fees on a sliding scale.
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  • 3 Willow Street, Amherst Co-owners Ryan Harb and Tory Smith have transformed a small suburban property on a quiet street in Amherst into a model of cooperative living and sustainability. Currently 75% of their electricity comes from their 4.4 kw roof-mount solar PV system, and attractive permaculture plantings have transformed the former lawn into healthy handsome perennial food production. They welcome visitors and offer home tours during the growing season.
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  • Greenfield Farmers' Co-Op Exchange Everything for garden and farm, from seeds to live plants in season to sturdy clothing and boots to lawn care to canning supplies to pet and livestock feed and bird seed. Owned by area farmers.
    413-773-9639
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  • Amherst Farmers' Supply Inc. Family-owned, helpful staff.
    320 South Pleasant Street; 413-253-3436
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  • Hadley Garden Center Locally-owned, great selection of plants in season, seeds, tools and supplies; wonderful selection, super-helpful and knowledgeable staff. Sometimes bring in local experts to give free talks on garden-related topics.
    413-584-1423
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  • Martin's Farm Top-notch compost and mulch, competitive by-the-yard prices delivered by ever-cheerful Adam Martin and his helpers.
    341 Plainfield Road, Greenfield; 413-774-5631
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  • Greenfield Community College Courses in permaculture design, beekeeping, four-season farming, organic gardening, food preservation and food systems. Courses given by adjunct faculty member Abrah Dresdale sure to be worthwhile. GCC also offers practical courses in energy conservation and renewable energy.
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  • Pollinators Welcome Tom Sullivan helps us ensure that our land offers ample 3-season food and habitat to our to New England's 400 or so native pollinators - bees, wasps, beetles, birds. He gives classes, and is available for talks and consultations.
    413-325-1769
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  • Nasami Farm Nasami Farm is the nursery in Whately run by the storied New England Wildflower Society, which also sells native plant species to other nurseries and to the public. We have felt proud to have Nasami's parent, NEWFS, offer a guided tour of Wildside with lunch for three at in their annual fundraising auction for both 2013 and 2014.
    128 North Street, Whately; 413-397-9922
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  • Tripple Brook Farm A great selection of unusual plants offered by creative and knowledgeable proprietor, Steve Breyer. Hard to find - and also hard to leave!
    Southampton; 413-527-4626
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  • Northeast Organic Farming Association A vital regional resource! NOFA has a membership of 5,000-plus farmers, gardeners, landscapers and others; publishes The Natural Farmer, advocates for organic practices, and hosts conferences. The first time some of us attended NOFA's big annual August conference at UMASS/Amherst, we felt we had stumbled into Heaven on earth. Workshops and panels on just about everything.
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  • Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture CISA has long engaged the broader community in helping sustain local and regional agriculture, with events andinformation.
    413-665-7100
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  • Mass Audubon Society An unmatched history spanning generations of advocating for birds and their environment, broadly understood. Audubon offer dozens of worthwhile educational programs for adults and young people at their many beautiful sanctuaries in subjects from spring ephemerals to tracking to nature photography and, of course, birding.
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  • Land Trusts play a key role in preserving our land, its flora and its fauna, both as land stewards themselves, and through extensive educational and recreational programs :


    • Franklin Land Trust

    • Mt Grace Land Trust

    • Kestrel Land Trust

    • Hilltown Trusts

    • Trustees of Reservations