About the ELP
Did you know? That most fruits and vegetables eaten in the average household in western society have travelled great distances to make it to your dinner table. Well, this is certainly the case in Ireland, an island nation and an exporter of grains and livestock, but a net importer of fresh fruits and vegetables from every corner of the world.
Yes, we’re blessed in Ireland with a mild climate, but that mild climate also means we get a lot of rain, with the result that lots of fruits, nuts and vegetables, haven’t been grown here, without significant inputs, energy, chemicals etc. The ELP is about to change that paradigm.
How? Using Forest Gardening techniques, including better land, water, soil and energy management, we are growing fruits and nuts varieties, companion planting, wildflower seeding, all without chemicals. Forest gardening itself is a land management system where trees, shrubs and perennial plants are planted to mimic the structure of a natural temperate woodland and results in the formation of a very sustainable and stable ecosystem.
No chemicals are required therefore there is little or no resource wastage. Other notable resource efficiencies related to our edible landscape are:
- Soil is not disturbed annually for cultivation allowing for ORGANIC MATTER BUILD-UP
- Protection against CLIMATE CHANGE: Carbon is stored in the undisturbed soil as perennial shrubs and trees are used instead of annuals
- Reduced MAINTENANCE by planting perennials
- Where possible we use local and/or heritage tree and shrub varieties supporting LOCAL ENTERPRISES.
Education: We’re educating local communities through our Edible Landscape Project workshops and particularly through the Forest Gardening technique, to graft fruit and nut trees, then plant them out and watch them grow. Groups learn how to manage and harvest, how to save money and time in the long run. Communities also learn how to give back to the community and to the planet, and hey, to have fun while doing it.
Did you know that being out and about, having your hands in the soil, meeting other like-minded people, watching something grow and come to fruition all has a positive impact on mental health? We’re contributing to the mental health debate by delivering a community-based solution.