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My cousin Kim is going to love this: One of the people working on the Little Dog permaculture plan has visited the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan. If that sounds vaguely familiar and you can’t remember why, you’ve probably read Michael Pollan’s book The Botany of Desire. In the first chapter, Pollan tells part of the history of the apple and learns that the birthplace of the modern apple is most likely Kazakhstan. The apple forests there exhibit the surprising genetic diversity. The forest is healthy, balanced, natural, and tends to remain fairly unbothered by pests and disease. Sounds brilliant, eh? We should get some of that action here, you say? Indeed. Biodiversity is going to be the key to Little Dog’s future. We’re on the path to planting all kinds of interesting stuff in the orchard: berries, hops, nuts (the Northern Pecan! Woo!), pungent greens. All of those things are going to make the orchard a healthier, happier place to be. We’re going to build a system that supports itself. It’s going to take a big chunk of time and money, but it’s going to happen and you, dear reader, are going to be a part of it.
Speaking of taking part, let's all brainstorm names that might trip off the tongue in a more pleasant way than "permaculture", shall we? Or perhaps I just need to practice...