with Jeremy Watts & Seth Peterson
A food forest is more than an orchard, more than a grove of fruit trees. It is a holistically designed system that takes into account all of the elements necessary to create a regenerative “forest” of food. An urban food forest grows into a self-sustaining system that provides an abundance for decades. Thoughtful design creates a system that becomes easier and easier to maintain as the community of plants take charge and we become observant stewards who are a beneficial part of the natural world around us. They are systems that regenerate our natural world and reverse the damage caused by pollution and modern chemical agriculture while providing food, medicine and more.
This hands-on workshop will cover:
* An overview of permaculture design principles and how to learn from Mother Nature through observation.
* Selection of appropriate trees and support species (plants and mushrooms) to create low-input, low-maintenance ecological systems in urban areas.
* Water-conservation techniques and drought-resistant species.
* How animals fit into a food forest.
* Site assessment, preparation, design, implementation and maintenance.
* Fruit tree care: pruning, feeding, holistic disease & pest management.
* Season-extension via custom grafting.
* The ongoing joy of perpetuating and eating from your food forest garden!
Participants will receive literature on the course material but are encouraged to take notes as well.
There are two work-trade positions available. Contact at the email below if interested.
The workshop will go from 12 noon to around 4PM and will be led by edible landscaper Jeremy Watts and permaculture-enthusiast chef Seth Peterson. Snacks and refreshments will be served. The location is in south Berkeley not far from Ashby Bart. If you have questions you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit this Eventbrite page to register: $45 if you register by Wednesday March 18. Regular price $60.