In the quest for useful plants to grow in our urban farm, we are looking at basket willow as a resource that has multiple uses:

  1. Fedges – A cross between a fence and a hedge.
  2. Living Structures
  3. Basket-weaving
  4. Coppicing for sustainable timber harvesting, and
  5. Carbon sequestration

I’d like to give a plug to a local Kootenay Boundary grower of a variety of willow plants, Joybilee Farm, home to angora rabbits, llamas, sheep and goats for fiber and a source of natural dyes and yarns as well as many handcrafted products.

Joybilee Farm is open to the public May 1 to October 17, 2010. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.¬†At other times, call to arrange a visit. Theye’re located right on Highway 3 between Greenwood and Grand Forks–a great place to stop.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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