Featured Event! ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

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Forest Garden Design Intensive
Edible Ecosystems Emerging:

Food Forestry for the 21st Century
A 9-Day Intensive Forest Garden Design Training
With Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens and Friends

Date: September 23 (7pm)- October 2 (4pm), 2011
Location: The Farm Education Conference Center, 150 Schoolhouse Rd. and Spiral Ridge Permaculture Gardens, 444 Walker Rd., both in Summertown, TN 38483.

Contact Cliff Davis spiralridgepermaculture@gmail.com (931)964-2375 to register.

Forest ecosystems exhibit many beneficial properties we humans would be wise to emulate in our culture, agriculture and horticulture:

• they maintain, renew, fertilize and propagate themselves without human inputs;

• they build, store, and conserve clean air, clean water, nutrients, soil quality, and biodiversity; and they exhibit stability, resilience, and adaptability.

These qualities emerge from the dynamics of the forest as a whole system, not from any one or more of the elements that comprise the forest alone. To design productive edible ecosystems that express these same qualities, we must understand forest structures, functions, patterns, and processes and use this knowledge wisely.

In this nine-day intensive course, you will dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. Dave Jacke and his locally- and regionally-based teaching team will offer lectures, site walks, and experiential exercises to help you understand how the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional processes of natural forests apply to the design of edible ecosystems of all kinds. You’ll learn a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of food-producing ecologies at our host farm. We’ll also engage with issues of garden management, economics, and the deep paradigmatic shifts required to succeed at co-creating “humanatural” landscapes and cultures. You will leave inspired and empowered to design food forests at home for yourself, and your friends, neighbors and clients.