Willow Crossing Farm: Productive Riparian Buffer
We got to spend two days with Keith Morris at his farm in Johnson, VT. The land is planted full with nut trees, fruit trees, medicinal plants, pollinators and serves as a farm and nursery. The Lamoille River wraps around the property putting the entire farm in a flood plain creating a fascinating design challenge.
We got to stay in his beautiful yurt which is built up on a flood proof raised platform along with a newly built outdoor kitchen that makes for fine dining in the morning light.
One of the biggest projects on the farm is the Productive Riparian Buffer which is combination of river bank erosion restoration and food/medicine production. Check out his site for more information Prospect Rock Permaculture.
"The site itself is rich alluvial floodplain and floodplain terrace, including ponds, wetlands, upland forest, and over 3/4 miles of Lamoille River edge. While mismanaged in the past (from an ecological perspective), we are slowly creating a sanctuary for wildlife: birds, insects, rare and endangered wetland and riparian plants and animals; and connecting people to the natural world and the legacy of cultivated diversity."