food forest Course at Quinta dos 7 Nomes, Sintra, Portugal, Februaury, 2016
February 19th-21st : Weekend food forest Course with a focus on design, the layers, implementation and management
Join us for theory and hands-on and help to expand food forests in a biodiverse way as to aid the food production system at the cooperativa ecologica.
Dates: February 19th-21st. (Friday night open to the public and required for the students lecture), 2016
Location: Quinta dos 7 Nomes, Colares, Portugal
Facilitators: Doug Crouch
Language Used: English with translation help
Course Fee: 60 or 50 Euro (Coop member price 50)
****includes catered lunches on Saturday and Sunday; delicious, and homemade****
THE COURSE: Format and Content
In this two-day course, plus Friday evening open lecture, we will be bringing a greater level of biodiversity to the farm and give you tools for managing landscapes holistically. We will be planting in several spaces which will require us to re-evaluate existing systems and alter the earthworks that frame those locations. We will build on the work done in last years course as wells other permaculture developments that have happened throughout the years in what we call phases of implementation. From there we will develop new spaces including those arounds ponds as to give unique biodiversity strips within the intensive farming locations. From tightly packed hedgerows to savannah like spaced systems to dense outer zone plantings, we will be going through the whole process of food forest design, implementation, and the management to keep the system thriving. We will be using as many layers as possible and connecting our plant life success to soil, water, and human ingenuity. We will develop themed areas that are appropriate to sites relationship with intensity of management (zones), wild energies passing through (sectors), and how it influences sounding spaces (relative location).