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Martin Crawford's Forest Garden

Postby George Collins » Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:30 pm

Per Wikipedia:
Martin Crawford is Director of the Agroforestry Research Trust, a British charity which conducts research into temperate agroforestry.
Martin Crawford has spent over twenty years in organic agriculture and horticulture and is director of The Agroforestry Research Trust, a non-profit-making charity that researches into temperate agroforestry and all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops. It produces several publications and a quarterly journal, and sells plants and seeds from its forest gardens.

In the book Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier, Case Study 3 presents the E.F. Schumacher Forest Garden. The opening paragraph states,
When we traveled to Britain in 1997 to visit forest gardens there, we saw many gardens that were planted far too densely to be productive and healthy over the long haul. Near the end of our travels we went to see the E.F. Schumacher Forest Garden, the work of Martin Crawford, founder and Director of the Agroforestry Research Trust in south Devon. Martin's extensive publications on agroforestry had already been important references for us, and they remain so. We both held great anticipation about seeing Martin's place, yet we were also prepared for another disappointment. However, Eric's first comment upon walking into Martin's forest garden was "Wow! The trees are planted the right distance apart!" As we learned during our stay, Martin was doing many things right. Our time there proved to be one of the highlights of our trip, and his work remains a critical reference for the development of the field.

Full credit goes to Robert Hart for bringing the concept of the forest garden to the temperate zone. Full credit goes to Martin Crawford for bringing his extensive knowledge to the field and thus refining the vision and work of Robert Hart.

By way of analogy, Robert Hart invented painting but wasn't a very skilled painter.

Martin Crawford painted the Mona Lisa.
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