Geoff Lawton has grown permaculture gardens and fruits in some of the worst conditions in the world. Some of the methods he uses are similar to the ones i used here in Kansas. I want to acknowledge and bring attention to what his group is doing. I’m impressed with his work.
His work has been mentioned in the past Organic agroforest in Portugal - #17 by JohnS
Systems i use are similar in many ways here in Kansas. Once the land has been repaired it can be very productive and food can even be grown organically in many cases Blackberries by the gallons
Soil is very important to our harvest
Some crops require a couple of fugicide sprays per year but nothing else Carmine Jewell Cherry Yields increasing with age
Some crops such as pears may require one spray of copper a year and other pears require no spray at all. The several links below are some of my work i have done on pear fruit production in Kansas.
Just like geoff i once used a system that made use of chickens in a very similar way to what he did. I highly encourage you to look at some of my older projects like this one Clarkinks older fruit and vegetable growing Projects
Autumn berry have done well here in Kansas and have not spread Planning on a big autumn olive harvest
Things like mulberry truly are no work fruit Mulberries no work fruit
I adapt to my environment matching fruit trees to what i was told were impossible fruit growing conditions Wild callery pear rootstocks. Flexibility and adaptation allowed me to suceed at growing fruit where others had failed.
Geoff even uses ponds in much the same way i do getting higher amounts of protein from smaller areas of land. He’s better at it https://growingfruit.org/t/ponds-are-a-great-investment/7033 . Ponds like mine are very beneficial to the soil and allow me to grow things i should not be able to like pawpaw which can be grown spray free https://growingfruit.org/t/fishing-on-4th-of-july-weekend-how-is-your-weekend/6470
Growers such as @39th parallel who is an enthusiatic grower of jujubes and persimmons and other spray free crops in Kansas frequently comes to visit my farm. His quest is to use what others have done in Kansas and Missouri and other places. He will then improve upon our accomplishments and avoid making our same mistakes. His methods are impressive. He is learning from his own mistakes on many things eg. Apples because like so many of us he had no teacher on varities he should grow. We all were often working on limited information and making the best of the situation. His farm is a constant work in progress
Non traditional orchard methods can be highly effective
Im a strong believer in the recycling of organic wastes
Geoff and i disagree on the use of fire at times which i use to control certain pests or weeds. I’m not saying i’m necessarily right either. Fire - How to eliminate Weed seeds & harmful insect eggs
My new orchards are thriving and i have several in remote locations on my property. I’ve corrected massive erosion problems that were once devastating to this property but to many with untrained eyes things may look a bit over grown which i must admit is how i like it An orchard in the rough
Wild callery and bet pear tree rootstocks are tolerant and resistant to most things Kansas might have to offer. We have droughts, strong winds, heavy rains, poor soils, extreme heat and cold. Eventually i will graft them over or top work them to food type pear trees Top working Pears weather permitting
We all constantly improve as new information and plants become available Extending the blackberry season