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Food Forest Intensive: Perennial Agro-Ecosystem Design and Installation Oct. 24-27, 2013, TN

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Location: Summertown, TN
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Food Forests, also called edible forest gardens and woodland farms, are perennial gardens full of useful plants, that are designed using permaculture and ecological principles. They are meant to mimic self-sustaining forest ecosystems in that they are: diverse, layered, moisture retaining, low-maintenance, self-fertile, efficient, productive and comprised of species that mutually benefit one another. Food forests are not limited to just edible species. We can tailor the plantings to include medicinals, forage for animals, sources of fuel, fiber plants, nitrogen-fixing and mineral accumulating fertilizer plants, craft and building materials, species that attract beneficial insects and pollinators as well as aesthetically pleasing varieties.
Learn how to work with nature to create a Food Forest system in this 4 day intensive, as we take you through the design process and finish with hands-on implementation of a forest garden at Spiral Ridge.

~ Study the benefits of gardening like the forest

~ Learn the 7 layers of a food forest

~ Find out how to design Guilds and Polycultures

~ Integrate animals into your perennial system

~ Design, Layout, and Planning of a food forest system

~ Identify species that are most useful

~ Unearth the secrets of the soil and how to feed the soil food web to keep your ecosystem healthy.

~ Participate in the establishment of a food forest in a new area

~ Study fertility cycles

~ How to plant to attract beneficials and pollinators

~ Explore case studies of successful systems around the world

~ Roam and forage in our 2 year food forests, here on Spiral Ridge

~ Learn about propagation techniques and how to create a nursery to fill out your food forest to register.
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