Date(s) - 09/22/2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Boston Nature Center
Gardening Like the Forest:
Designing Plant Guilds and Perennial Polycultures
Ecosystem agriculture attempts to mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems in food-producing ecologies. At the most practical level, this entails designing guilds of plants, often in the form of polycultures. Effective polycultures combine useful plants in ways that minimize competition, create additive yields, and minimize the gardener’s work and outside inputs (e.g., water, fertilizer). Polyculture design is the most interesting and challenging part of the garden design process. Building off the Friday evening lecture, this one-day 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 at the Boston Nature Center Food Forest during class.
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).
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED – SPACE IS LIMITED
Participant Fee $100 (some scholarships available, please contact Orion@bostonfoodforest.org)