Kootenay Permaculture Institute

Spiral Farm

Physical setting:

The farm is situated in Appledale in the sunniest part of the Slocan Valley in the West Kootenays, on the west side of the Slocan River. The farm is on ten acres of land, five of which are used for the house, gardens, orchard, “forest garden” and agroforestry systems. (Zone 1, 2 & 3)
The other five acres is part marshland, with Percy Creek flowing through, and partially covered with a deciduous forest of mountain alder (Alnus tenuifolia) , black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa), trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides), willows (Salix spp.) and birch (Betula papyrifera), etc. Some planting and restoration work is also being done on the land. (Zone 4 & 5)

Farm operation:

A diversity of vegetables is grown on the farm: root crops, oriental greens, squash, garlic, etc.  Also many edible flowers, herbs and medicinal plants add to the diversity of the garden. A “forest garden” which is an intensive and diverse agroforestry system practiced on a small scale produces a diversity of berries, fruits, nuts and more. The aim is to grow our basics, and also a surplus of food, fuel, fibres, timber, medicines and other products. A small-scale nursery produces trees and shrubs, mostly fruits (unusual), nuts, plants with medicinal values, multi-purpose trees (n-fixer, windbreak, erosion control, basketry plants such as willows & bamboos.).

Growing season:

The growing season varies every year. The average season is from early or mid-April till late October.

Wild Plants

Nursery Plants

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