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The Year 2016 According to Trees

Beforest Garden Design and WNY Permaculture has a special treat for who appreciate “planting edible landscapes and foraging with the seasons.” On Friday, January 13th, 2017, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, a tale will told of a planet that is facing crisis. But instead of focusing on sustainability, we need to be concentrating on regeneration. Moving forward, we need to be focusing on environments that benefit mankind and the earth at the same time. The exhibit features images and stories that depict ways that this can be possible. 

Trees represent our most direct connection to Earth, creating the atmosphere we need in order to breathe while providing all our essential needs. We must reevaluate the importance of trees in our culture by recognizing them as the solution to the defining issues of our age; food scarcity, climate stabilization, and access to clean air and water.

Trees are the answer to many of the woes that the planet faces. To this day, we continue to witness unnecessary deforestation all over the world. Yet replanting efforts are not seen or required. We are losing our valuable tree stock at a rapid pace. From urban sprawl to mass farming projects, these natural habitats are being lost, with no end in sight.

Imagine a world in which previous generations had planted large numbers of long-lived fruit and nut-bearing trees in common areas as a gift to the future. Tree crops are the foundation of a perennial-based food system that requires fewer inputs, creates habitat, and restores soil fertility. Trees do all this while providing free food, fuel, and building materials sustainably for us humans.

We need to rethink what trees mean to each and every one of us, not just locally, but all around the world. This is the generation that needs to wake up and reverse the deforestation actions that still have very few regulations.

The Year 2016 According to Trees: Art As An Additional Yield of Regenerative Ecology

Beforest Garden Design and WNY Permaculture

Exhibition Reception: Friday, January 13th, 2017, 7:00pm-9:00pm | On View: January 1 – 30, 2017

Ashker’s on Elmwood | 1002 Elmwood Avenue | Buffalo, New York | (716) 886-2233

Free Admission

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  • Michael H

    I’m looking forward to this. My wife and I have recently created a food forest that we are looking expand. In the last few years we already have planted 2 cherry trees (Black Gold and White Gold), a Chicago Hardy Fig Tree, 3 Columnar Apple Trees, Eastern Redbud tree, 2 Maypop Passion Flowers (in underground pots), Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Tree, a Seaside Almond Tree, Black Lace & Black Beauty Elderberry plants, 3 Goji Berries, a Pink Champagne Currant plant, Several Rasperry plants, A Beatyberry Bush, A Rose Of Sharon, 2 HoneyBerry plants, 2 Gooseberry plants, 2 Blueberry plants, and a Pineberry strawberry on our property. We have a Lion’s Mane Mushroom log which we expect to inoculate this upcoming Spring. We also have a cold Hardy Banana tree in front which will not bear fruit in Buffalo.

    We’re hoping to add 3 Sea Buckthorn (1 male 2 female), a Sunflower Pawpaw tree, an Apricot tree, a Peach tree, a Pear tree, a Plum tree, 1 or 2 flowering Quince bushes, a Goumi plant, a Jujube tree, Issai Hardy Kiwi, 2 Persimmon trees (Nikita’s Gift & Ichikikei Jiro), Ashitaba, Sea Kale, Jersey Giant Asparagus, A Scarlet Runner Bean, & A Chocolate Vine over the next couple of years.

    • Randy503

      Kudos to you! A place like Buffalo can supply all the food it needs without importing it from California or god knows where. Yes, I know, the kiwis don’t grow well here. Neither do oranges. But we can nonetheless grow an enormous amount of food in our backyards, or better yet, our useless front yards.

      This article was great, but it should advocate what we can all do. We can all plant a tree or two, and it really doesn’t cost much at all.

  • Doug Wallis

    I agree with the planting of food trees. In Seattle and other cities, there are volunteer groups that anyone can call. If you don’t want the fruit crop they will come and pick it for a local food pantry which I think is a great idea. Imagine the what Buffalo could do with all our empty lots to make them valuable and productive until they are infilled.

    I would also recommend that we pay more attention to our rivers. A variety of flowering and fruit bearing trees provide beautiful showing when they flow, their roots stabilize erosion and create protected areas for fish and amphibians and mammals, as well as, food. Strong and vibrant vegetation along the river will also help clean the water.

  • Ra Cha Cha

    This sounds cool. When the article reads, “On Friday, January 13th, 2017, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, a tale will told of a planet that is facing crisis,” does that mean there will be a talk given in conjunction with this?

  • OldFirstWard

    A lot of deforestation has occurred because of disease and invasive insects imported from Asia. The American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) was decimated by the fungal disease chestnut blight which was imported from Asian chestnut trees. Billions of trees were estimated to be lost. In the past couple decades, the Ash (Fraxinus) tree has been under attack by the imported Asian emerald ash borer that has killed an estimated tens of millions of ash trees putting the stock of an estimated seven billion trees at risk for extinction.

    While deforestation by man is contributing factor to the loss of forest, it is quite clear that imported disease and insect damage is by far the biggest factor in American forest loss.