Antelope Food Forest & Gardens
Time: Began in Fall 2015 | Location: Buffalo, MN
Although less than a year old, the beginnings of our food forest is already producing thanks to some simple design strategies. The goal is establishing slower growing species of perennial fruit & nut shrubs, herbs, fungi, and vegetables that are regionally resilient and low-maintenance over time. Until the canopy of these larger trees & shrubs fills in, we can grow many faster-growing crops in between like Garlic, Radish, Turnips, Peas, Squash, Beans, Corn, Sunflowers, Rhubarb, Asparagus, Raspberries, and more.
Most of these crops grow in abundance thanks to our rich soil and water harvesting strategies. These crops end up in our preserved foods like relishes, pickles, ferments, jams, vinegars, simple syrups, & more. The beginning of this project is relatively small, but as we observe & learn, we hope to adjust, replicate, & expand our design.
Site Design Concept
This site design focuses on a high-yielding of food, medicine, & forage to support and provide an abundant habitat for humans & wildlife.
- Food Forest
- Erosion/Shore Stabilization
- Kitchen Herb Garden
- Mushroom/Ginseng Cultivation
- Animal Integration
- Water Catchment
Kitchen Garden | Design & Implementation
The kitchen garden has tripled in its size and now allows more pathway space & raised mounded beds to provide better accessibility. Smaller crops grown in front allow sun to still reach back two rows of crops. Archway, fence, & overhead trellising allows more efficient use of growing space. View Garden Design >
- 3 Sisters Plant Guild/Polyculture (Corn/Sunflowers, Beans, Squash)
- Trellising includes perimeter fence, archway, overhead
- Perennial perimeter bed of Currants, Blueberries, Honeyberries & more
Kitchen Garden | Sheet mulching with abundant fall organic materials like leaves, grass, manure, broad-forking, and sowing cover crops. Ready to be planted into a rich beautiful soil in the Spring. Learn More >
Implementation & Planting | Phase 1 – Land surveying contour lines, digging swales on contour to capture water, shaping and planting into berms downhill from swales, planting fruit trees, shrubs, perennial and faster yielding annual vegetables in full sun until the canopy fills in. Learn More >
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“Land By Hand developed a professional plan online that depicted all aspects of what they proposed to implement. The plan made it easy to visualize the finished product. We are very pleased with what Land By Hand was able to achieve with what was un-utilized vacant space. They have also developed step by step process for the maintenance of our plots to keep them productive and healthy. It is a pleasure to pick fresh foods from our garden for nutritious delicious meals with the assurance that they are free of any chemicals.” ~ Joel
Let’s grow abundance together.