Woodbury

On March 23rd, 2014, EDIBLE ESTATES IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC…

the last Edible Estate (#15: Woodbury) in the April 2014 issue of National Geographic

the last Edible Estate (#15: Woodbury) in the April 2014 issue of National Geographic

…in April is a special thrill, since it was the journal that entered our home every month when I was growing up, and shaped my idea of the world.

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On July 29th, 2013, RETURN TO EDIBLE ESTATE #15…

happy happy cabbages and cauliflower

happy happy cabbages and cauliflower

…in Woodbury, Minnesota early this morning was my very first stop of the day and more later on the on the garden, but in the mean time some cauliflower and cabbage porn as just a little hint of the thriving happy delicious and very loved landscape growing in front of the Schoenherr’s house.

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On May 28th, 2013, SENDING THANKFUL GARDEN GREETINGS…

the Saturday and Sunday morning EE 15 garden volunteer crews

the Saturday and Sunday morning EE 15 garden volunteer crews

…to all of the family, friends, neighbors, and local volunteers who came out to help establish Edible Estate #15 this weekend! Catherine Schoenherr, John Schoenherr, Andrea Schoenherr, Stanley Leonard, Aaron Schoenherr, Kristin Beardsley, Roseann Schoenherr, Ken, Sarah Schultz, Eric Crosby, Anna Bierbrauer, Ashley Duffalo, Bartholomew Ryan, Will Gobeli, Bridget Mendel, Larry and Mary Haeg, Danny Haeg, Andrew Haeg, Emily Saunders, Jen Murphy, John Andrew, Emily Haskins, Rosalie Starenko, Stephi Drago, Zak Schmidt, Justin Densberger, Alan Sabat, Maggie Richardson, Dr. Chris Strunk, Pam Sawyer, Bea Hoskins, Kelsea, Dombrovski, Scott Mitchell, Katy Berglund, Kathy Lenius, Nick Vlcek, Rich and Penny Sitz, Becky Hagen, Michelle LeBlanc, Rebeca Ratte, Diane Anderson, Audrey Cullen, Dan Ibarra, Laura and Todd Robinson, Atanu Sen, Caroline Casey, Ilene Mojsilov, Masami Kawazato, Aaron Merrill, Karla and Markus Toft, Brett Baldauf, Chesney Engquist, Sara Kruper, Julie Hoffend, Susan Vance, Greg and Kathy Whaley, Widerski Family, Jacob Elsasser, Janel Larson and Michael, Brett and Lisa Bursch and family, Ken and Carol Koscik, Bill and Peggy Elsasser, and Akoni Garcia.

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On May 27th, 2013, THE POST-PLANTING PIZZA PARTY…

pizza briefing and baking

pizza briefing and baking (photos by Alison Malone)

…last night (the first of many to come this summer) was the highlight of Edible Estate installation weekend, as John Schoenherr fired up his new front yard wood-fired oven while the last of the plants were hitting the dirt and briefed us on the logistics of rolling out and preparing our own pizzas for the fire.

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On May 26th, 2013, PLANTING DAY…

planting day at Edible Estate #15

planting day at Edible Estate #15 (photos by Alison Malone)

…at Edible Estate #15 in Woodbury was a bit more tranquil than the heavy-duty sod/rock/log/dirt moving yesterday, but still hectic with hundreds of plants, trees, shrubs, vines, and seeds of many varieties being set out by myself and landscape architect Anna Bierbrauer – in the beds established  the day before – for teams of friends, family, neighbors, and volunteers following hot on our heels to plant while the aromatic haze of bread oven smoke wafted above us – foreshadowing the pizza making to come.

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On May 25th, 2013, DAY ONE OF EDIBLE ESTATE #15…

Edible Estate #15, day one

Edible Estate #15, day one

…installation with the hands of over 50 volunteers gets us farther along than I had hoped, finishing the day with most of the lawn rolled up and piled in mounds covered with fresh compost, vegetable beds bermed up to the back of a log circle, a U-shaped woodland path under the existing crab apple, a low rain garden near the house excavated with great effort by the Walker Art Center curator, a 12′ diameter log circle opening on to the massive wood oven just finished days before, an elevated terrace with retaining wall and gravel surface for a harvest table, all held together by the remains of a local fallen willow chopped up to create the bones, edging, seating, and retaining for the now fully inscribed garden plan – ready for it’s planting tomorrow. (EE #15 webpage)

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On May 24th, 2013, DIRT CIRCLES IN THE FRONT LAWN…

dirt circles in Woodbury

dirt circles in Woodbury

…of the Woodbury, Minnesota residence where we are laying out the first design marks of Edible Estate #15 this afternoon make it seem like aimless drunken teens went on a joyride spinning out a perfect circle – but it is actually marking the only bit of grass that will be left when we are done on Sunday.

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On May 22nd, 2013, THE EE 15 PLAN…

proposed layout of Edible Estate #15: Twin Cities

proposed layout of Edible Estate #15: Twin Cities

…has been evolving since the substantially sized Woodbury front lawn site was selected a few weeks ago, but we need to get real since it hits the ground on Friday with the design laid out on the lawn, on Saturday with dirt/wood/rock moving, and on Sunday with planting and mulching – so during my sacred early-riser hours this morning I get it all down for the last time, including places for: kid’s garden for the child-care across the street, berry brambles, wood bread oven, harvest table platform, low rain garden, high fruit tree mounds, gathering/conversation circle, and in a new step of grass-tolerance for the last edition of the Edible Estate garden series, a little lawn left in place as the primary circular  path. (EE15 webpage)

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On May 8th, 2013, THE FRONT LAWN SELECTION FOR “EDIBLE ESTATE #15: TWIN CITIES”…

The Schoenherr residence and site of Edible Estate #15

The Schoenherr residence and site of Edible Estate #15

…can finally be announced, after pouring over almost 100 email applications and visiting a few of the most promising last Saturday, the Schoenherr residence in Woodbury, MN will be the location for the next and final Edible Estate garden, and after reading their story here, I’m sure you’ll agree the house and family are perfect for the project – taking this sort of gardening and visible food production activity to a neighborhood where it would be least likely to otherwise happen and to a family ready to take their food gardening to the next level, while sharing their stories and activity with the public. (more on the Walker Art Center post)

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