CREATING AND MANAGING FOOD FORESTS FOR SAN JUAN ISLAND

Our nursery at Thornbush provides the fruit, nut and berry plants for food forests on San Juan Island.  Food Forests are orchards designed in the image of the savanna or open woodland ecosystem. Apples, plums and other fruits are planted in groupings that mimic natural systems, with berry bushes and herbs in the understory.

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OUR BOOTH AT THE FARMERS MARKET

 

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FARM TOUR AT THORNBUSH

We are part of the 2016 San Juan Island Farm Tour! We will be open all day Sunday with special tours at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

Explore Thornbush Farm’s edible food forest and woodland ecosystem orchards. Visit our chickens who create compost and patrol the garden. Purchase eggs, berry and nut bushes in containers. Visitors with an interest in narrow gauge railways may assist in hauling plants to customers’ cars.

Tour 1: The Working Chicken; an Integrated Approach for the Small Diversified Farm, 11:00-12:30. 2013-10-16 11.33.22

Tour 2: The Food Forest, 3:00-4:30.barrys-pics-110

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PLANT SALES AT THE FARMERS MARKET

Come find me at the Farmers Market at Brickworks in Friday Harbor.

Here are some of the plants I bring to market:

Aronia Berry: great for juicing, high in antioxidants.

Blueberry: North Blue, Blue Crop, Chandler, Chippewa, Patriot, Toro, Duke, Jersey…

Arbutus unedo, standard and compact forms: Great evergreen, fruit good in preserves.

Indian plum: native shrub, whose flowers are the first to open in spring.

Red-flowering currant: native shrub, whose flowers bring the hummingbirds north.

Lindens, bigleaf and littleleaf: Tasty young leaves for salads, flowers for tea.

Jostaberry: a cross between black currant and gooseberry, this is a prolific and tasty berry.

Hosta lancifolia: nice leaves for salads

Wintergreen: evergreen groundcover whose berries taste like wintergreen lifesavers!

Rhubarb: the classic spring time pie making plant.

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