Guild-To-Go

If you are interested in integrating some easy food production and permaculture into your property but don't want to dive into a full design for your space the 'Guild-To-Go' is for you! A Guild in permaculture speak is an assembly of plants that help support a central element, generally a fruit or nut tree. As a mini-ecosystem these supporting plants provide nutrients, mulch, pest control and attract pollinators for the central tree. Planting a guild on your front lawn or in a corner of your backyard is a quick and easy way to beautify your landscape with edibles and medicinals that come back every year and are low maintenance.


The Guild-To-Go lets you select the species of tree you would like for your central element and Wild Craft will plant this tree along with approximately 30 supporting plants in a 100 sq.ft. area of your lawn. Orders placed before Sunday March 31 will get bareroot trees which will adapt readily to their new home. Orders placed after April 1 will get potted trees and may not have the same selection available.

Tree options include: apple, pear, plum, cherry, apricot, peach, nectarine, mulberry, quince, persimmon, paw paw (only for shady property), hazelnut, northern pecan, heartnut, butternut, buartnut, hickory, oak. If you are thinking of something not on the list just ask.

Supporting guild:
4 nitrogen fixers (ex. false indigo, bayberry, new jersey tea)
6 aromatic pest confusers (ex. thyme, anise hyssop, chives, oregano, sage)
4 pollinator attractors (ex. bergamot, echinacea, yarrow)
10 dynamic accumulators (ex. chamomile, bloody dock, sorrel, strawberry)
6 other (ex. hollyhock, lavender, tulip, daffodil)

The Guild costs 375$ + tax for all your plants, materials, labour and the application of a soil inoculate to help the plants get established.

 

 

 

permaculture [pur-muk-kuhl-cher]: noun.
A system of design that seeks to mimic
the structure of ecosystems to create
resilient and regenerative gardens,
homes, farms, and communities.

Sample Projects

 

Large Suburban Yard (Piper and Robb)

This ¼ acre site included front and back yard design. The impetus for the garden remodeling was to modernize the feel of the space, reduce the amount of grass, attract pollinators and birds, and provide a source of various cut flowers. The defining element of the design is a dry river bed that cuts across the yard acting as a swale to distribute water from the rainchain to the rest of the property. This is lined with keyhole beds full of cut flowers and edible/medicinal plants. A moongarden near the screened in deck will delight the eye on moonlit nights when the plants within it reflect the pale light. An herb spiral just down from the kitchen stairs provides easy access to fresh culinary herbs, and fresh berries are there for picking only steps away. Several different trees were added for shade, aesthetics and food production.

Small Front Yard (Janine and Mike)

The goal of the design was to eliminate the grass in the front yard and replace dated bushes with colourful native and non-native plants and a more modern style. Wide ribbons of plants and colours flow across the front yard with different sections blooming throughout the year. A flagstone path divides the space and creates a short-cut for walking north from the front door. The bed between the house and driveway features native rose bushes, a climbing passion flower vine, ornamental grass to conceal the meter and a ground cover of euonymus. The north side of the house was refurbished with new shade loving plants that add some colour and diversity. The shady backyard was enhanced with edible ostriche ferns and solomon’s seal as well as pink anemone for colour and tall grasses to conceal the back fence.

Condominium (Toronto)

Wild Craft worked with a medium sized condo board in Toronto to create a design plan for their shared backyard that could be implemented by themselves over several years. The aim of the design is to create a multi-functional shared space that is not too dominated by one group or use and can be used as play space for children and adults alike. The space should also accommodate the main interests of residents which were listed as: food production, sitting space, easy access to garbage/recycling, and of course, inviting beauty into the yard.

Carolinian Food Forest

This public project was started in 2012 on a 1-acre section of City Of London parkland along the Thames River. The design incorporates all native plants with the goal of long term food production for the community. This demonstration site will also be used to educate the public about the Carolinian Forest, food forests, and permaculture. Funding from the City, TD Friends of the Environment, and SPARKS! Neighbourhood Matching Funds allowed 4 community plantings over 2 years and 8 workshops to be provided free of charge to the public.

Permablitz

London's first permablitz was facilitated by Wild Craft Permaculture on May 12, 2012! After a morning workshop more community members joined us to transform Rebecca Croden and Jessica Conlon's front yard into an edible landscape. Everybody had lots of fun, learned a lot, and got lots of curious looks from the neighbours - some of whom stopped by to chat and learn about what we were doing. If you would like to host a permablitz at your house and get a team of volunteers to convert your lawn to an edible eden let us know and we can arrange one with you. Please note you are expected to keep the cycle of community giving going by participating in 2 to 3 other permablitz if you will be hosting one yourself. The second set of photos is from a 2013 blitz at Lois and Greg’s house where small swale systems were implemented, a large hugelkultur (http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/) bed was built along the front of the property, and guilds were added around existing hazelnut trees.

Jessica and Rebecca 2012

Lois and Greg 2013

Rain Chains

Rain chains are a beautiful way to interact with a crucial element in all of our gardens. They are affixed directly to the eaves trough or can be used at the end of a channel to get the water away from the foundations. A rain chain allowa you to see, hear and feel the life giving water flowing from the sky instead of sending it straight into the sewer or ground. They also aerate the water as it falls down the chain or cups, thus enhancing the oxygen content and the life it supports.