Over these 4 days we will explore...
Agroforestry - integrates perennial plants, such as trees and shrubs, into agricultural systems to create more diverse, productive, and resilient land-use practices. At Windward we use agroforestry to interweave our food systems with the forest-based ecosystems native to this land.
Social Forestry - the connection between people and the forested ecosystems which provide for their needs. Throughout the course we will look at agroforestry practices through the lense of building a fundamental intimacy with ecological systems - weaving together knowledge of lanscape with a the feeling of belonging to place.
We will be learning...
traditional forestry practices and systems
how to fuel a village from the forest
how people in forested areas traditionally built a life in concert with the land
Participants will also have the opportunity to tour Windward's renewable energy system that can transform woody biomass from the forest into fuel to heat homes, cook food and power vehicles.
Who's Hosting/Teaching it? Windward Center, cooperative community and educational center focused on self-reliant skills, with nearly 30 years on these 120 acres.
Primary instructor is Andrew Schreiber of the Windward Community. As the Apprentice Coordinator he pretty much teaches all day everyday, and and a steward of windward for over 7 years he's very commited to the land and works - pretty much all the time - on developing and implementing Windward's broad-acre agroforestry systems. Andrew blogs about the stuff he's doing at Windward.org, he also write for PermacultureNews.org at times, you can see his writings here.