Learning the ways of Forest Gardening and Soil Fertility….October 18th, 6-7:30 pm, @ O’k Studio in the Alley, 514 Second St., Traverse City, Michigan
As we continue to learn the magnificent ways of garden farming we work to become natural farmers! Through natural gardening and farming we have an opportunity to learn SO very much from the teacher that is our Northern Michigan temperate climate forests.
What is a Forest Garden? Gardening like the forest, is not gardening in a forest—but gardening like a forest. In this way we are of the mind and practice to take a lawn and turn it into a forest ecosystem—and have great fun becoming ecologists as we do.
Planting a forest garden means becoming a forest mimic. The forest as design metaphor, shows us how to create a consciously designed ecosystem with perennial guilds and polycultures of multipurpose plants, patched together to make our “forest garden mimic”. The plants, trees and shrubs in a forest garden, have a 3 – 3,000+ year life spans, with a diversity of MANY species in each patch.
Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts.
This presentation will both highlight edible forest garden project designs that have been on the drawing board and now in the beginning stages of implementation in Traverse City at three garden-farm sites and also at the REALeyes project site near Cedar Lake;
AND share an enthusiastic sharing of Levi Meeuwenberg from the REALeyes project’s: “… pretty mind-exploding Edible Forest Garden Design course by Dave Jacke in Tennessee at “The Farm” that went way beyond just landscape design…. downloading as much as he can of what he learned those 10 days!”
How do we encourage edible ecosystems to emerge?
Come and join in to find out!
This presentation will be followed up with a continued learning opportunity through a Gardening Like a Forest Series, this winter. The series will focus on Step-by-Step training in ecological design and planning in the ways in which a forest garden can embody emergent system properties….HOW to see them and HOW to create them….This will be a combination of lecture/discussion and hands-on study, utilizing four urban/suburban garden-farm and forest garden sites. Schedule of bi-weekly series with work parties beginning in November 2012–through March 2013.
MEET AT: O’k Studio, 514 Second St. in the Alley, Traverse City, MI 49684 Parking behind the Chiropractor’s and also on Randolph St. in front of Salon Verve.
Contact: Penny 231-922-2014