Upcoming EventsMay 31 & June 1-2, 2013, Santa Fe, NM:
Evening Public Talk & 2-day Workshop
Gardening Like the Forest: A Weekend Workshop
Carbon Economy Series and Santa Fe Community College
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Healthy forests maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves by their very nature. Wouldn’t you like an abundant food-producing ecosystem like that growing in your neighborhood or back yard? Edible forest gardens mimic the structure and function of forest ecosystems through all their stages of development and grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, ‘farmaceuticals,’ and fun. A forest-mimic garden allows us to meet our own needs and regenerate healthy ecosystems at the same time. But you don’t need a forest to grow a forest garden—it’s about gardening LIKE the forest, not necessarily gardening IN the forest—you can mimic other ecosystems too, including prairies, meadows, savannahs, and so on. We could call this ecosystem agriculture.
The Friday evening talk introduces the vision of forest gardening with some scientific background, a few living examples, and a sampling of useful perennial edibles you can use in your gardens. We’ll dive deeply into forest ecology, drawing implications for both garden design and the design of human social systems that we can apply to neighborhoods everywhere.
The two-day workshop explores the vision, theory, design, and practice of ecosystem agriculture using temperate forest ecosystems as the primary general model, and one or two habitats of the Santa Fe region as specific models. Lectures, field observations, and experiential classes will reveal the nature of ecosystem architecture, social structure, underground economics, and succession. Participants will draw conclusions from these experiences, developing practical design principles, practices, patterns, and processes for garden design and management. Once we “get” the bigger patterns that connect, we will focus on the nitty gritty of perennial polyculture design.
An effective perennial polyculture is a mixture of useful perennial plants that minimizes competition, creates additive yields, and minimizes the gardener’s work and outside inputs. Polyculture design is the most interesting and challenging part of the forest garden design process. This workshop explores the specific ecological theories behind polyculture design through experiential classes and design exercises. Participants will design at least one perennial polyculture during class using Niche Analysis, Guild Build, Ecological Analogs, Patch Design, or other processes.
July 9-14, 2013, Helena, MT:
Evening Public Talk,
3-day Schematic Design Charrette, & 2-day Polyculture Design Practicum!
Designing A Municipal Park Food Forest:
A Forest Garden Design Practicum.
Dave Jacke, with support from Inside Edge Design Consultants
This will be the first Public Park Edible Forest Garden in Montana! Come make history with us while developing skills in permaculture design that will shape both your and our planet’s future!
Sponsored by: Inside Edge Design, City of Helena, MT, and many other stakeholders
For Info/To Register:
email Inside Edge Design
The community of Helena, Montana invites workshop participants to work with Dave Jacke to design a 1.1-acre public park integrating community gardens with edible forest gardens. While emphasizing low-maintenance perennial crops, we’ll also focus design and plant selection on building fertility, controlling weeds and pests, reducing the need for irrigation, and more. You will work with Dave Jacke and our community to design schematics and polycultures for our bioregion. You will be listed as one of our park designers. You will receive an electronic completed professional park design document, listing you as a member of the design team.
Evening public talk by Dave Jacke, Tuesday July 9, 7-9 PM
5-day Full Workshop Design Charrette, Polyculture Practicum, July 9-12, 8:30 AM - 9 PM and Friday evening 7-9 PM
2.5-day Polyculture Design Practicum July 12-14, Friday evening: 7- 9 PM; Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM
The full 5-day experience consists of a Tuesday evening public talk, a 3-day Design Charrette to lay out the schematic patterns of the site, and a 2.5-day Polyculture Design Practicum beginning Friday evening. You may participate either the full 5 day Design Practicum, or the 2.5-day Polyculture Design Practicum alone. All spaces for the 3-day Charrette as a standalone have been taken!
In Tuesday evening's public talk, Dave will introduce key concepts of forest gardening, laying out the essence of the idea and its implications for the 6th Ward Park Gardens. This talk will frame the work of the whole week, so is required for all 3-day Charrette participants!
During the 3-day Design Charrette (Wed morning through Fri evening) participants will watch, listen, and engage with Dave and his local team as we design the park to a schematic level. Dave and participants will present schematic design ideas to stakeholders and weekend Design and Polyculture Practicum participants on Friday evening during a community dinner.
During the 2.5-day Design and Polyculture Practicum, you will work in teams, led and instructed by Dave, to take the design further, filling in details of the schemes presented Friday night. You arrive on Friday afternoon and join our schematic presentation community dinner! Helena Community stakeholders provide feedback. Meet and mingle with community members, Dave Jacke and course participants. On Saturday, working with Dave Jacke, teams develop the park schematics by responding to Helena Community feedback and aligning community response to schemes developed during the 3-day charrette. By Sunday you will be designing zone- and climate-appropriate polycultures to fit within the park schemes. This weekend session is where you dive into polyculture design. You will find this intensive experience well worth it!