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Introduction to Edible Forest Gardening

Aaron Guman Permaculture Design

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

Introduction to Edible Forest Gardening

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Introduction to Edible Forest Gardening
with Aaron Guman and Sean Walsh

Empower yourself to transform your conventional yard or property into a productive, multi-season garden modeled on the ecosystems found naturally in the forest. Learn to mimic the structures and functions of these natural ecosystems while producing food and other products with an emphasis on low-maintenance perennial crops.  Join ecological and permacultural designer/educators Aaron and Sean for a hands-on and fun-filled weekend of edible forest gardening.

We “garden like the forest” by selecting site-appropriate plants and arranging them in patterns based on those we observe in nature -- utilizing combinations of trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, groundcovers and fungi. Through image-rich lectures, site walks through a young forest garden, small-group design exercises and a hands-on installation, students will receive a comprehensive introduction to edible forest gardening, from the theory and science to planting, maintenance and harvest. We’ll explore gardening techniques and plant species appropriate for the mid-atlantic climate -- including useful natives, rare fruit-and-nuts, and perennial vegetables.

Specific Topics Covered Include:

  • Edible Forest Gardening (EFG) - definition, plant and animal archetypes of the edible forest garden and the “ecological frame”
  • Permaculture design principles applied in EFGing
  • Specific plants - why to use them, how to use them, and where to grow them
  • “A Polyculture Does Not a Guild Make” - Building Functional Interconnection
  • EFG establishment overview - from soil prep to harvest
  • EFG’s place in the homestead - urban, suburban and rural
  • Broadscale EFG applications (agroforestry)
  • Personal and community empowerment through the EFG
  • Why our ecosystems need EFGs
  • Permaculture gardening techniques - sheet mulching, hugekultur (building garden beds with woody debris), integrating edible mushrooms, no-till annuals, compost teas, space-saving garden layout, microlivestock, natural materials, hedges and windbreaks

- Please contact us with any questions - or at (610) 308.4138

Aaron Guman, B.A. has been designing and installing permaculture landscapes since 2007. He’s a graduate of Naropa University in Boulder, CO, where for his senior thesis he designed and planted an edible forest garden at a local farm. Aaron has studied extensively with some of the leading edible forest gardeners in the United States, including both authors of the Edible Forest Gardeningbooks, Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier.  Aaron lives with his fiance and forest-dwelling cat in VT where he is pursuing land to grow an edible forest garden on a farm-scale.  
Sean Walsh, MALD approaches design through the holistic paradigms of permaculture and ecological design. As a graduate student at the Conway School
of Landscape Design, Sean’s project work focused on regional food systems and farmscale permaculture. Sean currently works in New Jersey gardening, teaching, and designing landscapes and other living systems to be multifunctional, productive, regenerative, and ecologically informed.
Have questions about Introduction to Edible Forest Gardening? Contact Aaron Guman Permaculture Design

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private residence in Marlboro, NJ (details released with registration)

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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