Our Restoration Philosophy:
Annual monocropping produces nearly all of the grain, meat, vegetables, and processed foods consumed today. These practices require giant machinery, tilling, and the application of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, resulting in the eradication of biodiversity, the erosion of topsoil, and contributes 30% of global carbon emissions – more than from any other source.
Despite the massive human efforts applied to farming, we are woefully short of the inherent resilience, stability, and outright beauty of natural ecosystems. We need look no further than native ecosystems for a template of how to move forward from the many woes of annual monocropping. This is our goal and mission: Redesigning Agriculture in Nature’s Image.
By intentionally designing and planting perennial ecosystems, we remove carbon dioxide from the air, provide habitat for wildlife, produce food, prevent soil erosion, and begin the creation of ecologically sustainable human habitats. Whether you call it Permaculture, Agroforestry, Eco-Agriculture, Agroecology, or Restoration Agriculture; Forest Agriculture Enterprises is here to provide the plants, technical assistance, and equipment to help create a healthier, more ecologically sustainable world.
Does this actually work in reality? Will it really produce enough, food, fuel, timber and human necessities to economically viable? We firmly believe the answer is yes, and are working on providing demonstration sites, and economic farming models to answer that question with more certainty. New Forest Farm is perhaps the most complete of such demonstrations sites. It is a farm in SW wisconsin that was founded in 1994 by Mark and Jen Shepard. New Forest Farm has in many ways proven the concept successful. It is a living, breathing, productive 110 acre restored savanna farm that produces abundant food, fiber, and fuels.
I give this nursery 10 out of 10 acorns. I ordered a bundle of 25 hazelnuts and they arrived last week. They were bare root and in perfect condition. They were about 2' tall (above ground part) and had a ton of roots on them. They were a bit pricey at $6 ea but these are a select variety for early fruiting and large size nuts. I have no doubt they will grow wonderfully for me.
These folks sell about 7 types of nuts and 9 types of berry/fruit plants that are hardy to zone 4. They have a great price on seaberry ($6 ea). The biggest catch is that most things are a minimum size of 25. Check them out!
Is this Mark Shepherd's farm ? New Forest farm ( or farms) when i looked it up this past summer. If so, when I was looking online, there didn't seem to be a minimum order for any of the trees, I thought. It said " 1 to ---" under pricing info & didnt seem to indicate any minimum order. I guess i shoulda went & looked b4 commenting.. oops 😁, sorry. But I don't have time now & do want to encourage folks, here in the midwest esp. , to go online or in person & check em out. Watching the interview w him that Justin Rhodes did on Youtube (part of his Great American Farm tour road trip series ), titled " S. T. U. N. " really re-educated my understanding of raising trees. Plan to buy whatever I want, that he grows, when we get our own place again.