Planting a Food Forest can be seen as an “ecosystem” approach to gardening. It builds on the relationships plants have with one another to create the perfect micro-climate, soils, weed fighting, and pest fighting capabilities. In this workshop participants can expect to be led through the meat and potatoes of this gardening concept.
Wednesday February 24th 2016
6:30 – 9:30pm
Adrian Buckley and Luke Kimmel of reGenerate Design will be co-hosting the evening workshop providing the essentials necessary to design and plant your edible forest garden. It is their belief that “design is in many ways the most important phase in the gardening project”. This design is based on personal preference as well as “guilds”, those plant communities that can mutually benefit one another. They will also provide years of experience and guidance towards site preparation/planning, installation and establishment.
The 3 hour workshop will cover the following topics:
Introduction – Look at the basics of how natural forest systems work and how we can mimic this to achieve the benefits of a food forest.
Design – Realize your hopes and dreams, time and budgetary constraints, then mold these to your site characteristics. Take a look at mutually beneficial plants and how to integrate these plants into entire communities.
Site Preparation/Project Planning – Planning, planning, planning! Write out task lists and use a critical eye as to what order to proceed with the project.
Installation – How-to on some of the most essential installation aspects such as soil preparation.
Establishing Your Forest Garden – Seasonal habits and activities necessary for success and common maintenance activities.
Adrian helped pioneer the ecological design profession in Calgary and is transforming the landscape of Calgary as we know it. His fascination with plants and ecosystems led him on a journey of discovery and practice centered around the application of ecosystem principles to addressing complex environmental and societal problems. Adrian brings to the team a keen sense of design and distinctly outside-the-box creativity that is fueled by his love of how things connect and work together as an integrated whole.
Luke has accumulated diverse gardening experience in a wide range of settings, working on some of Western Canada’s largest and most extensive food forest projects to date. He continually applies his “boots-on-the-ground” wisdom to enhance the design and installation process. Luke believes that creating a better world is possible through helping people develop a meaningful and productive relationship with nature. He builds excitement and incites positive action by sharing this vision through workshops and public speaking.
Need More Information
To find out more about this workshop or if the price is stopping you from registering please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-427-9325 x 221.