Food Forest Workshop
September 12 @ 9:00 am - September 13 @ 5:00 pm$295
“A garden of Eden in your own backyard, school, community garden or neighbourhood”
About the workshop
Like the Garden of Eden, forests of food replicating natural forests are the most sensible, appealing; sustainable, diverse and productive way to grow food. We can emulate natural forests and by just changing the species to food we like we can create a food forest and whole natural eco-systems. Food forests provide a low maintenance way of growing a rich diversity of food all year round as well as habitat for animals and living organisms. They create healthy living soil and a balance and diversity to reduce pests. They also save water and nutrients creating a natural healthy rich living system. Integrated with poultry, food forests provide food and shelter and poultry provide pest control, fertilization, aeration and other needs to the food forests. Bees can equally be integrated in a food forest ensuring pollination of fruit trees.
This workshop will help you understand the value of food forests and the holistic, integral role they play in eco-systems. Learn about the importance of food forests; design and construction considerations; how food forests work; how to manage and maintain them organically across the seasons to maximize productivity and diversity. Food forests can be small or large and ensure local food production and food security on a local level.
This workshop in conjunction with is very important for urban backyards, farms, street verge planting, schools and community gardens. It is very appropriate for home gardeners; permaculture designers; landscapers; horticulturalists, town planners architects and a range of others.
Whether you already have a food forest or are totally new to the concept, you will definitely benefit from this workshop. By the end of the weekend you will have learnt how to complete a food forest project from design through to construction. You will get all the theory and the hands on practical experience you need to be able to go back to your home, school, community garden and create your own.
This will be a fun packed hands-on weekend with food forest experts, learning all about how to create and mange these magical systems in the simplest, most efficient, safest and productive way. You will get the information, skills and confidence to deal with all the important basics you need. This is a rare workshop opportunity not to miss. Take another step closer towards becoming a more responsible producer, not a dependent consumer. Become more self-reliant and in control of your food locally by producing your backyard food forest and ensuring a secure source of local food.
This workshop will cover practical and theoretical information about food forests:
- the importance of food forests
- the theory of food forests
- designing food forests
- permaculture zones and the food forest zone
- species selection for different functions and year round production
- green manures, cover crops, legumes and support species,
- getting started
- pre-construction and construction tasks and issues
- earthworks and water systems of food forests
- creating healthy living soils
- compost teas
- fertilisation of food forests
- maintenance and on-going management of food forests
- being organic
- pests, diseases and methods of control
- how to manage on a seasonal basis
- harvest considerations
- maximizing productivity
- Integrating animal systems – birds and bees
PSI members receive a 10% discount