April 28 – 29, 2012
Learn to Design a Food Forest!
A food forest is a perennial food production system that is inspired by beauty, creativity and abundance of a natural forest. A food forest is a low input way for people to provide their food needs, while supporting the health of their local community and environment. It is one of the most inspiring and innovative concepts in the permaculture tool chest.
This course covers the fundamental elements of designing a food forest. Students will learn:
- The basics of Permaculture and Forest Gardening
- How to grow a Food Forest
- Long term planning for productivity
- Site and Mico-climate assessment
- Strategies for soil health and building
- Strategies for “weed” management
- Species selection strategies
- How to Design for appropriate placement
This course is a unique opportunity to learn the practical issues surrounding the design of a food forest on our city streets. This course is the first step in the development of a real world food forest with The Edible Garden Project in North Vancouver. Not only will students be exposed to the fascinating world of Food Forest, they will be involved in the design process of an actual food forest at a community garden project site. There will be future opportunities to engage in this project throughout the summer, and be a part of its installation and evolution.
Do you have dreams of Eden on the city streets? This is your opportunity, to help make that happen.