I am Keith St. Jean, or Canadian Permaculture Legacy on YouTube. IAmA engineer who found a passion planting trees and now plant over 10,000 per year. I am turning my useless grass into a thriving forest for nature, and converting my land into a mu...
Hi Reddit, by day I am a professional engineer, but by night (also by day) I plant trees.
I started planting trees about 5 years ago, and got, well, kind of addicted to it. I now plant roughly 10 thousand trees per year, likely much more, and am now fully converting what used to be useless grass lawn into a multi acre food forest wildlife sanctuary ecosystem.
This year I have added a 25 thousand gallon pollinator pond. What started as a small garden has now turned into a lifestyle, where every year I add to the system - often now using plant material harvested from the system itself.
I also use the plant cuttings and seeds to restore wildlife habitat in damaged lands such as abandoned gas stations, warehouses, and other damaged land as a hobby.
I am doing this AMA to help spread the word about what dire need we are all in, and to help educate as many people as possible about how we can drive the most amount of change possible - by planting trees.
About a year ago I decided that the best way to impact the world and help reverse climate change is to try to inspire others to change their lives with the purpose I have found in the last half decade. I now teach people how trees work, about soil science and the food web of life, and how to plant in order to maximize the efficiency of the system as a whole. This can be anywhere from water catchment earthworks such as swales, carbon sequestrations techniques like coppice systems and biochar production, soil water retention, what mulches do, smart design like drip edge guilds, plant synnergies through companion planting and 7 layer food forest design that mimics nature, and more.
Ask me anything related to how to plant a tree, to what is permaculture, to how we can use trees to sequester carbon and reverse climate change, to decentralizing the food chain, to the critical role of insects in our ecosystems, to well... anything.