Jun 6, 2013

Designing and Planting Food Forests

Hosted by: The Resiliency Institute,  10S404 S Knoch Knolls,   Naperville, IL 60565 
  Designing and Planting Food Forests 
From Backyard Orchards to Woodland Abundance
September 27 - 29/2013     Friday Night 6-9 PM., Saturday 9 - 5PM, Sunday 10 - 3PM.
The Resiliency Institute
10S404 S Knoch Knolls
Naperville, IL 60565

Food forests and forest gardening bring together the best ecological systems that allow us sustainable, low input, and high-yield harvests.  Forests and woodlands exist in almost every climate to some extent. In temperate northern climates we have the best resources and environment for a wide selection of plants and trees.
This food forest course will focus on site assessment, resilient plant systems, poly-culture design, and assembling the best species suited for each participant’s property.

Friday PM  Session 1:  An Introduction to Permaculture Practices, Principles, and Ethics.
                                       Case Studies Of Permaculture Design and the Design Process.
                                       Basemap Development For Your Food Forest Design.

Saturday Session 2:    Site Assessment and Natural Dynamics in Food Forests
                                    Plant Species, Companions, Guilds, and Intercropping
                                    Plant Database Resources And Building Site Specific Plant Lists
                                    Polyculture Design Skills, Drawing, and Practice

Sunday Session 3:      Succession Scenarios, The Dynamic Design Over Time
                                    Designing Within Natural Systems, Building on Nature’s Momentum
                                    Drawing Lab and Supervised Final Drafts and Plant Lists.

Participants should bring:   ¼” graph paper, a ruler, drawing pencils 2h and Hb., eraser…
                                                Measurements of their property and planting areas.
                                                A soil sample in a bucket. (Saturday)

Students will have Designer Access to the Natural Capital Plant Database for the duration of the course.
Public Access will be available thereafter.

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