Edible Ecosystems Emerging:
A 9-Day Forest Garden Design Intensive
with Dave Jacke, Juliette Olshock, Seth Nyer, and Jon Darby
October 13-22, 2017; Heritage Creek Farm Camp, Mount Joy, PA
Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education
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Forest ecosystems exhibit many beneficial properties we humans could stand to emulate in our culture, agriculture, and horticulture:
- They maintain, renew, fertilize, and propagate themselves without human inputs;
- They build, store, and conserve clean air, clean water, nutrients, soil quality, and biodiversity;
- They exhibit stability, resilience, and adaptability.
In this nine-day intensive course, you will dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. Dave Jacke and his teaching team will offer lectures, site walks, and experiential classes to help you understand how the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional processes of natural forests apply to the design of edible ecosystems of all kinds. You'll learn a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of food-producing ecosystems at the Heritage Creek Farm Camp. Design projects could include designing forest gardens for: urban or suburban homesteads, an educational summer camp, farm-scale (up to 20 acres), or an edible stream corridor. We'll also engage with issues of garden management, economics, and the deep paradigmatic shifts required to succeed at co-creating 'humanatural' landscapes and cultures. You will leave inspired and empowered to design food forests at home for yourself, and your friends, neighbors, and clients.