Designing Forest Gardens: Assembling Functional Social Ecosystems

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February 15 @ 8:30 am
February 15 @ 4:30 pm
225 Chester Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
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This full-day, intermediate to advanced design workshop is for both professionals and interested individuals seeking to acquire practical information for designing food forest polycultures. Dave Jacke will lead participants through lectures, games, exercises, and discussions intended to shift your way of seeing and thinking while giving you practical tools for your own forest garden design efforts. Participants will practice creating a small-scale design, including an ordering list, that can be applied for projects of all sizes and context.

Effective food forest design combines useful perennial plants in ways that minimize competition, create maximum yields, and minimize the gardener’s work and inputs needed. Dave Jacke will guide participants to explore the ecological theories behind this most interesting and challenging part of ecological garden design. How do the social structures of ecosystems operate, and how can we mimic these structures? How might we design effective polycultures and “guilds,” or sets of relationships between flora and fauna that make polycultures (or mixed plantings), work well? Designing functional social structures—both human and nonhuman—is the essence of good forest garden design.

Lunch and materials are included in this workshop. Participants may order Dave Jacke’s award-winning, 2-volume book Edible Forest Gardens directly from his website

Seats for this workshop are limited. A 50% discount for this workshop is offered for participants who also register for the 2019 Atlanta Canopy Conference. You may add on the Friday workshop during your online conference registration.

Dave Jacke is this year’s Opening Keynote Speaker at the Trees Atlanta 2019 Atlanta Canopy Conference: Food Forest Revolution. Please also view more information on registering for the Conference (Thurs., 2/14/19) and a free pre-conference Speaker Series (Wed., 2/13/19).

To register for this workshop, click here.

Please use this link to register for the Canopy Conference on 2/14.