In fifth grade Huckleberry wrote a report about edible plants and taught it to his class. He was hooked. As a boyscout he deepened his research about edible wild plants. He was so passionate about it that by the time he was an adult he was knowledgeable enough to start his own edible landscaping company. His self-directed study was fed by growing up in a small town on the edge of a vast forest where everyone had a garden. Everyone everywhere, including his extended family that surrounded him, had gardens, orchards, strawberry fields, dairy cows…. And Huckleberry made friends with everyone in order to learn their growing ways. He became a Master Gardener.
He learned from the domesticated gardeners and he learned from the wild forest. He put the knowledge together and became a successful edible landscaper, owning his own business for 30 years, installing edible gardens all over the PNW, many (most?) still thriving.
During this time he mastered the art of pruning and delved deep into a study of edible species that thrive in the Olympic bioregion of Western Washington. He also taught workshops on edible species and pruning, working and teaching at Raintree Nursery and PNW Garden Shows for decades.
After raising a family, Huckleberry retired his business and traveled to Australia on a quest to learn Permaculture from the Source; Dave Holmgren. He also quested to Wales to learn Reciprocating Roof technology from that Source, Tony Wrench (but that’s another story, see Building/Background). He traveled to many countries teaching and learning Permaculture.
He also collected seeds from countries who have similar climates to the PNW, brought them back and sold them to edible nurseries around the PNW.
He went to Kauai and there learned about vermiculture. With a deeper understanding of soil microorganisms he proceeded to remediate many acres of badly-abused agricultural land utilizing top-feeding (sheet-mulching) nutritive and restorative techniques.…edible reforestation, soil-enhancing systems that build top-soil over time. All along the way he taught workshops in what he was doing: Sheet-mulching, Worm Compost Bins, Cover Cropping, Backyard Biochar, actively-aerated worm-compost tea with inoculated biochar, no-dig steep-slope terracing and erosion control. His quest to learn about living soil gained him an understanding that became a foundation for his dream of creating a vibrant robust edible forest. It taught him how to integrate domestic livestock with the sensitive soils of the NW forest. It taught him how to grow plants and trees that are noticeably healthy, vibrant, glowing and prolific.
Today Huckleberry wants to take his vast knowledge about soil and edible species that thrive here and create a legacy forest homestead for the good of all. To learn about this dream, read more here….