Consultation – Small Urban Food Forest in Cold Climate

This consultation focuses on a young food forest being developed in suburban St. Paul Minnesota. A small but neat lot with a south slope, we explored ideas around erosion control, moisture holding, play spaces for dogs, protecting young plantings in various ways, biochar, compost strategies and modifying existing canopy to allow in more light.
They have already done so much neat development in the space, along with beautiful rock work to create permanent raised beds. It is amazing to see how quickly folks can transform spaces into beautiful and productive perennial systems!
Notes from Nate (land owner):
– We’re in USDA Zone 4b, with an average annual low of -25 degrees F. Summers are surprisingly hot and humid, with average highs in the 80s for July and August. (,_Minnesota#Climate)
– We’re in an urban setting in St. Paul, MN, about 3 miles from downtown
– The soil is sandy loam with a pH around 6.5. Our neighborhood is former oak savanna on high land along the Mississippi River.
– Our site is 0.15 acres (43 x 150 feet) – Join as an Edible Acres member for access to members live Question and Answer sessions and to support our work! – A simple and direct way to ‘tip’ to help support the time and energy we put into making our videos. Thanks so much!

Edible Acres is a full service permaculture nursery located in the Finger Lakes area of NY state. We grow all layers of perennial food forest systems and provide super hardy, edible, useful, medicinal, easy to propagate, perennial plants for sale locally or for shipping around the country… – Your order supports the research and learning we share here on youtube.
We also offer consultation and support in our region or remotely.
Happy growing!


Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.