695: Joshua Burman Thayer on Food Forests for First Timers.
Making growing fruit trees easy and affordable for beginners.
In This Podcast:
Joshua Burman Thayer believes everyone can and should grow food, but with so much to learn, it is easy for a beginner to get overwhelmed. Where do you start? What do you really need? Where should you spend your time and money to get the best harvest? Joshua has used his experience with his clients to write the book he couldn’t find… a book especially for beginners. He shares some tips from the book and gives us a preview of his next book.
Joshua Burman Thayer has always had his hands in the earth as he has traveled extensively working with communities around plants and food. He started out as a W.W.O.O.F. volunteer on organic farms throughout Latin America, worked as a laborer on organic C.S.A. farms back home in California, apprenticed and worked in ecological landscape design, and did native plant field research with renowned mentors. With all that experience Joshua has become a lead designer and advocate for uniting ecology with aesthetic, creating beautiful, productive natural systems that work with nature to foster bounty.
Listen in and learn about:
- What is a food forest?
- Understanding native plants vs locally appropriate plants
- Incorporating local experts
- In Joshua’s first book, Food Forests for First Timers
- Identify your climate
- Pollinator support
- Soil building
- Building fertility into growing spaces
- Integrating plant residues on your property
- Protecting your soil from overheating in hot summers
- Starting a food forest on a budget
- Investing for the future
- Feeding your forest so it will feed you
- Foliar feeding program at the Urban Farm Store.Urbanfarm.org/foliar
- Creating a workbook for true beginners
- Coming in Joshua’s second book, “California Food Forests; Feeding for the Future”
As well as:
His childhood memory – Harvesting fresh crab with his grandfathers and his grandmother’s beefsteak tomatoes
His advice – Sprout seeds in coconut coir.
Books written by Joshua:
How to reach Joshua:
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