Gardening Like the Forest: Lessons from Nature for Edible Ecosystems and Human Societies

Gardening Like the Forest: Lessons from Nature for Edible Ecosystems and Human Societies

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/21/2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location
First Church Unitarian Universalist

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Gardening Like the Forest:
Lessons from Nature for Edible Ecosystems and Human Societies

Healthy forests maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves, naturally.  Imagine having an ecosystem like that in your own yard, but it grows your food!  Imagine meeting our own needs while regenerating healthy ecosystems at the same time….  Edible forest gardens mimic the structures and functions of natural forests while growing food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, farmaceuticals, and fun.  This talk introduces the vision of forest gardening with some scientific background, a few living examples, and a sampling of some useful perennial edibles you can use in your own garden.  We’ll focus on understanding the social structures of ecosystems, and see what lessons these have for our gardens, and for the ways we organize and understand ourselves as human beings.

Dave Jacke, primary author of the award winning two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens, has studied ecology and design since the 1970s. An engaging designer and educator, Dave has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities all over the U.S., and overseas. He holds a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984).

Friday event is free and open to the public, invite your friends!

Please note that the In-depth Saturday day-long workshop explores the specific ecological theories and practical design processes behind polyculture design through exercises and games. Participants will observe, evaluate, and redesign a perennial polyculture. Pre-registration for Saturday workshop is required – Space is limited.
Participant Fee $100 (some scholarships available, please contact Orion@bostonfoodforest.org)