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Design and Plant Your Edible Forest Garden - Lethbridge

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Helen Schuler Nature Centre

Indian Battle Road South

Lethbridge, AB T1J


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Walking out your door to be greeted by the beautiful community of plants that thrive in your yard.

A cornucopia of fruits, nuts, and berries are swelling on the branches around you, and underneath them the ground is covered in flowers, herbs, vegetables and perennials.

All the plants work together to build a forest-like habitat, providing you with a diversity of fresh foods and medicine while creating an incredibly beautiful space to enjoy…

Although this garden looks remarkably like a forest, it isn’t exactly a forest… It’s an intelligently designed edible forest garden, aka food forest, that is modeled after natural forest ecosystems – making it more resilient, low maintenance, sustainable, and beneficial to the surrounding environment than conventional gardens, landscaping, and agriculture.

Then come out and learn how it’s possible at our upcoming weekend workshop!

Much like natural forests, food forests build healthy soil, sequester carbon, harvest and store rainwater, and provide a multitude of habitats for beneficial birds, insects, and other wildlife, all while providing humans with locally grown, organic food.

Well, you might be thinking, this all sounds great… but how is it really possible?

We look to natural forests for the answer…

There aren’t a group of gnomes running around the forest fertilizing, weeding, and watering… so how do forest systems perform this “work” all on their own?

Put simply the answer is that forests are interconnected ecosystems where the needs of the various members of the ecosystem are met by what the other members produce, allowing the system to take care of itself.

So is it possible that humans can design and plant forest gardens that function in a similar way, providing us with food and medicine while becoming largely self-maintaining and helping regenerate the environment?

The answer is YES! And you’re invited to learn how…

Date & Time: Saturday February 25th, 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday February 26th, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Helen Schuler Nature Centre, Indian Battle Rd S, Lethbridge, AB

Cost: Early Bird: $175 (before January 31st), Regular Price $200

Book your spot here!

Testimonials from our previous workshops…

“The workshop was very informative and useful. The information was presented in such a way that one could apply it to a variety of settings… I would recommend this program to anyone who might be interested! Thank you!”

  • Heather Cunningham, past student

“This workshop has helped me to envision what a positive future might look like for our cities and homes.”

  • Brin Jones, past student

A Food Forest is a sustainable gardening system based on woodland ecosystems, comprised of seven main layers of vegetation from canopy trees down to ground covers.

Whether you are a newly inspired gardener, a steward of land, or a seasoned pro who is looking to optimize their efforts and get the most out of what you put in… this workshop will teach you essential principles and techniques involved in the design and planting of successful edible forest gardens.

We will show you how to create landscapes that are productive, beautiful, regenerative, and low maintenance.

Who Are Your Instructors?

reGenerate Design is Adrian Buckley, Lindsay Meads, and Luke Kimmel; three passionate designers from Calgary, AB who share a vision for the betterment of human and ecological communities. Our team has a combined 25 years of professional design, project management and teaching experience, with 15 years focused in permaculture and food forestry.

Our Hosts:

We are excited to be working with a handful of local organizations in Lethbridge to help host this workshop, the list of contributing organizations for this workshop are:

The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association is the host for this event. The LSLA seeks to educate, empower, evoke, create, and connect with people in all ways of sustainable and regenerative initiatives that further develop and strengthen the resilience of our communities and their food, water, and housing systems.

This event is made possible with sponsorship from Purple Carrot Health Foods and Wellness Inc. and Environment Lethbridge and Naturistas "your feel good Shop".

Also joining us on Sunday for the panel discussion are local experts:

  • Mandy Sandbach of SOUL-fully SOIL. SOUL-fully SOIL is an invitation to look at the resiliency, growth, regeneration, and collaboration, with our original “mother”, Gaia (planet earth), with a connected and sacred lens. Through the sacred lens of permaculture design and principles we offer educational workshops, tours, events, gatherings, cooking classes, and lots of SOIL work.
  • Josh Hellawell of Synergy Permaculture. Synergy Permaculture is a Lethbridge based company that specializes in permaculture design, water management, green waste management, and urban farming. Their mission is to rebuild soil and to reclaim degraded and unused urban land to vibrant perennial food forests and urban agriculture in the city of Lethbridge.
  • Dan Rollingson of Earthly Matters. Earthly Matters is a vermiculture business that produces a variety of soils and a natural soil enhancer. They produce a premium worm casting and educate people about the benefits of earthworm castings, and they also sell a top quality soil and worm composters. Surprisingly there is never a dull moment on a worm farm and they love talking to people about what they do and what their products can do for them.
  • Maureen Sexsmith-WEst of Lady Bug Arborist. Today, she strives for continuing education and can lay claim to being the most highly qualified tree care specialist in the Lethbridge region. In addition to being an ISA Certified Arborist, Maureen is also an ISA-Qualified Tree Risk Assessor and a qualified tree appraiser.

People everywhere are waking up to the idea of working with, rather than against nature; and are seeking ways to meet our needs while enhancing instead of degrading the natural environment… food forestry is one seriously potent example of how this is possible!

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Lethbridge, AB T1J


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