San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Part 1: Home Scale Introduction to Forest Gardens June 28th - June 29th
Edible forest gardens are edible ecosystems that mimic the structure and function of natural forests, while producing food and other useful products. Trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and fungi work together in polycultures to create low-maintenance gardens or larger productive landscapes. Learn simple guidelines, based on real experience, for designing “polycultures” of several species. Small group design exercises will give participants the information necessary to create beneficial ecosystems and fruitful harvests in their own forest gardens. We'll profile regionally adapted species, give general tips for growing perennial vegetables, and discuss the larger context of perennial agriculture’s contribution to sustainability.
Eric Toensmeier has studied and practiced permaculture since 1990. He is the author of two award-winning books: Perennial Vegetables (2007) and Edible Forest Gardens (2005, with Dave Jacke). His latest book is Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City (2013, with Jonathan Bates). Eric is an expert on the world’s useful perennial crops. He has run an urban farm project and a seed company, and taught and consulted throughout the Americas in English and Spanish. His current project is a book: Carbon Farming: A Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices. His videos, articles, and upcoming events can be viewed at www.perennialsolutions.org.
This event is generously hosted by the Teal Farm in Hungtington, Vermont, unquestionably one of the most stunning and productive permaculture landscapes in the northeastern United States. The Teal Farm was meticulously designed and planted in the spring of 2007 and 2008 as an organic fruit, nut and fuel orchard. Its design vision looked through three primary lenses: 1) Nutrient density - choosing plants with the highest quality of micro-nutrients (phyto chemical, antioxidants and bioflavonoids); 2) Climate change (using adaptable species, creating microclimates, and systematically sequestering carbon); and 3) Soil-building and soil health development. the entire food system is designed for resilience, longevity, vitality, and beauty; priciples which translate directly to ecological and human health.