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Hortipomology

‘Agroforestry’ is a buzzword for environmentalists, ecowarriors and Earth-friendly food producers, so, being Earth-friendly to the muddy soles of our wellies, we want to claim it for Black Close. Strictly speaking though, our plan for that eleven-acre patch of grass and rushes, is neither agriculture nor forestry in their usual senses. I doubt if it will catch on, but I think ‘hortipomology’ might be a more appropriate label. Too many syllables? Perhaps, but it trips off the tongue more easily than ‘the science and practice of integrating fruit production with a wider range of horticultural activities’, so I intend to give the word its first outing in this blog. Our hortipomology project wi

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