Join Michael from Savour Soil for this six-week series which will help you Design your own Food Forest.
A food forest is a diverse planting of edible and useful perennials that mimic patterns and relationships. Food forests are considered to have from three to seven layers, with a canopy of tall nut or fruit trees, several layers of smaller trees and shrubs, and an understory of beneficial ground covers. These multi-layered spaces allow you to fit a wide range of annual and perennials in a small area. Creating symbiotic relationships between elements produces a high yield of food and resources over the long term with minimal inputs. Food forests can be performing many ecological functions. They are considered one of the most regenerative and resilient production systems for a changing world.
This course will take you through the successional process of designing your own food forest. Each week, we will have three hours of learning and resources and videos to continue our education throughout the week. The class is limited to engage in group discussions and receiving support on your individual designs. People of all levels of experience are welcome. It is suggested that you have a few additional hours each week to work on your own design and some homework to get the most out of the course.
You will leave the course with the fundamentals of food forestry, a food forest design, as well as a guide for how to implement it.
Course Overview:
The Fundamentals of Food Forestry
Assessment of Landscape Through a Permaculture Lens
Food Forest Visioning & Goal Setting
Mapping of the Site
Water Flow, Soil Preparation and potential Earthworks
Site Succession
The Canopy Layers: Nut, Timber, Fruit trees & Animals
Planting Patterns, Succession Planning
The Middle Layers: Small Trees, Shrubs, Vines
Soil Builders & Nitrogen Fixers
The Ground Layers: Herbaceous Perennials, Herbs, Pollinator Plants.
Interplanting Annuals
Integrating Small Animals
Design Presentations & Feedback
Breaking Down Your Design into Implementation Phases
Resources for Continued Learning
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