Mon., Feb. 08 | Online Event

Let's Talk Trees: Grow Trees for Wildlife and Food

“I just love trees. I can look at a seedling and see it 100 years from now, long after I’m gone, still producing food,” says Jesse Saindon. As we enter an era of increasing challenges to having a safe and secure local food supply, food forests offer an enticing opportunity.
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Let's Talk Trees: Grow Trees for Wildlife and Food

Time & Location

Feb. 08, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. AST
Online Event

About the Event

Topics to be covered include profiles of some rare/endangered tree species in New Brunswick, how I grow thousands of trees a year on less than half an acre, and how you can grow trees from seed yourself. There will be time for Q & A at the end.

Jesse Saindon owns and operates Liberty Tree Nursery, a small tree nursery in the Fredericton area that specializes in cold hard tree and shrub seedlings. Liberty Tree Farm is more than a small business, it is a personal passion. Jesse has an interest in permaculture food forests and edible landscaping. A food forest is many layers that mimic a natural forest (root crops, ground cover, shrubs, small early succession trees, larger mature trees and climbing vines) that create both a rich ecosystem and a place to harvest food. Jesse’s motivation is to create systems that are low-input, offering food and enhancing biodiversity.

A Registered Professional Forester (RPF), Jesse previously worked at industrial nurseries in New Brunswick and British Columbia. He learned about forestry at the Maritime College of Forest Technology and then later at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in the Environmental Management and Forestry Program. In between programs, Jesse worked at Kingsclear Tree Nursery, and after finishing his studies, he worked at a commercial nursery called PRT in British Columbia. Some of the most helpful skills learned working in nurseries were setting up irrigation systems, learning general growth patterns in a propagation set-up and how to scale-up production.

CONTEST: Submit a photograph and a brief story about a tree that was important in your life to enter a draw for a free copy of David Palmer and Tracy Glynn, The Great Trees of New Brunswick 2nd ed. (Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, 2019). Trees Matter Fredericton gratefully acknowledges CCNB’s donation of a copy of this bestselling guide to the trees of the Acadian forest.

Submit entries by Feb 21, 2021 to Selected entries may be posted on the TMF Facebook page or website. The winner’s name will be drawn on February 22 at the end of David Palmer’s tree talk.

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