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Establishing An Edible Forest Garden
Sat, 1 October 2016, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM MDT
Establishing An Edible Forest Garden with reGenerate Design
You’re invited to join us for an afternoon of learning and hands-on activities in one of Calgary’s oldest intentionally planted food forests. In this workshop you will get to know some of the best plants to use for creating food forests in Calgary and area, how these plants work together as a community, as well as the essential tasks to help any food forest thrive during the establishment years and beyond.
Saturday, October 1st, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: South Calgary residential food forest
The Day Includes:
A garden tour from the homeowners who have done much of the work creating this food forest themselves.
A chance to touch, see, smell, and even taste several of our favorite food forest plants that are growing in this garden. Participants will see how each plant plays a role in “guild building”, aka plant community design; the backbone of food forestry. This includes getting to know the essential plant functions that we aim to fill in a complete food forest design.
A description of the main tasks required to manage and maintain a food forest, including when and how to perform them, and what tools are required. This section will also include demonstrations and hands-on activities in the food forest to ground this new knowledge into practice.
An optional potluck dinner after the class ends at 5:00pm.
You will gain an understanding of the valuable lessons learned during the first four years of this food forest - directly from the homeowners.
You will deepen your relationship with some of the most “rockstar” food forest plants to grow in Calgary and area.
You will be empowered to not only design your own plant communities, but also to assess opportunities to improve existing gardens and landscapes and help grow them into beautiful and functional plant communities.
You will have a clear understanding of what it takes to care for a food forest during its establishment years, and gain some practical experience doing so in one of Calgary’s oldest food forests.