Grow-Your-Own (Urban) Food Forest: Weekend Workshop

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Growing food CAN be easy, and doesn’t have to be high-maintenance, delicate, rows of vegetables!

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LOOKING FOR A BIG HARVEST IN A SMALL SPACE? WONDERING IF FOOD FORESTRY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

You don’t need to have a broad-acre property to enjoy the benefits food forestry! Whether you live in the city, suburbs, or on a small acreage, this in-depth weekend workshop will help you make the most of your precious space, and transform your landscape into a powerfully productive edible ecosystem.

Many people are familiar with vertical vegetable gardens, but there is an easier, more productive, more resilient way to grow food, that takes vertical gardening to the next level. Growing food CAN be easy, and doesn’t have to be high-maintenance, delicate, annual vegetables that need to be re-planted year-after-year.

Whether you're a wannabe grower, bold beginner, or you've tried and failed, this workshop will teach you to grow an abundance of food that looks as beautiful as an ornamental landscape, but also provides a year-round harvest for you and your loved ones.

If you want to grow food, but have preciously limited growing space, this workshop is for you. Learn how to design and install your own low-maintenance, high-production, edible forest garden at home, with special attention for those with small landscapes.

Through the art and science of food forestry, you can make the most of your limited space, feed your family, create an edible nature sanctuary, and be part of the change you'd like to see in the world! 

THIS WORKSHOP MIGHT BE FOR YOU IF:

  • You live in an URBAN or SUBURBAN environment OR you are focusing on a small area of your larger property
  • You have LIMITED SPACE, so you want to make sure you GET IT RIGHT.
  • You have always wanted to start growing your own food, but don't know WHERE TO START. 
  • You have TRIED growing food, but were unsuccessful.
  • You are AFRAID TO START because you are worried about all the hard work, time, and expenses. 
  • You are are ALREADY GARDENING, but are overwhelmed with all the work and want more from your limited space. 
  • Your landscape is your living space, and you want it to be BEAUTIFUL, inspiring, and more like a healing nature sanctuary than a high-production farm. 
  • You are ready to CONNECT with nature in a deeper way, be nourished by FOOD THAT IS MEDICINE, and create a BEAUTIFUL FUTURE for the next generations. 

IN THIS WORKSHOP, WE WILL EXPLORE:

- What is a Food Forest, aka Edible Forest Garden?

- Food Forestry in Urban/Suburban Environments

- DIY Design Process

- Onsite Layout & Installation

- Foundation of the Food Forest

- Building Healthy Soil

- Converting Lawns

- Organic Fertilizer & Amendments

- Powerful Plants for Small Spaces

- Layers of the Food Forest (Canopy, Understory, Shrubs, Herbaceous, Groundcovers, Roots, Vines, etc)

- Companion Planting & Guilds

- Delicious Diversity

- Minimizing Maintenance & Maximizing Holistic Health

- Case Studies & Lessons Learned through Professional Experience

CLASS SCHEDULE & DETAILS:

Saturday April 24 10am-1pm:

We will be covering: What/why Food Forestry, the design process and considerations and more plus Q&A.

Sunday April 25 10am-1pm

We will be covering: Building the foundation of the Food Forest, methods and techniques for installation and maintenance, holistic pest management, plant selection and more plus Q&A.

Please Note: We will be taking a short 15-20 min snack break- it would be best to have something prepared beforehand. There is a lot of information to cover!

About The Instructors @ Edible Landscapes Design Ltd:

We are a team of passionate professionals serving home-owners, businesses, farms, and diy-ers to design, install and maintain edible landscapes that nourish the body, feed the soul, and regenerate the land.

Based in Victoria, BC, our team leverages 25+ years of combined experience and education in design, organic horticulture, tree care, market gardening, farming, restoration ecology, water management, and urban development.

Our lead instructor, Joshua Clae Wagler, is a passionate and sought-after instructor, having offered his educational services to over 1100 students since co-founding Edible Landscapes Design in 2013. He helped developed the Food Forestry curriculum for the Growing Young Farmers Society, was a teacher at Pacific Rim College’s Permaculture & Resilient Ecosystems Program, and has been invited to speak at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, for the Victoria Hardy Plants Group, Victoria Seedy Saturday Speaker Series (2018, 2019, 2020), The Haven on Gabriola Island, and the Victoria Master Gardeners Association.

WORKSHOP SUMMARY:

  • 2 Day Weekend Workshop
  • 6 Hours of Learning (3 hours/day)
  • Focused & Applicable Content
  • Experienced Professional Instruction
  • Engaging & Entertaining Learning Environment
  • Holistic Approach with Attention to Detail

YOUR MISSION (SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT):

To transform your urban/suburban lot into an edible ecosystem bursting with superfoods!

HOW TO ACCESS ONLINE WORKSHOP?

1. DOWNLOAD ZOOM: https://zoom.us/download

2. SET A REMINDER IN YOUR CALENDAR: Please join call 5-10 min early

3. JOIN MEETING URL: We will be sending URL closer to the date.

EARLY-BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE (REGISTER NOW TO SAVE YOUR SPOT):

EARLY-BIRD: $95 + tax (Before April 10)

REGULAR ADMISSION: $145 + tax (Before April 25)

FEEDBACK FROM PAST WORKSHOPS:

“The passion and authenticity of your content is outstanding. It was a pleasure to be in your company thus far and to learn from you.”

  • Deborah Wickins, Professor at University of Victoria

“Well organized, timely, and informative.”

  • Lynne Calliste

"I was looking for a detailed explanation of what a food forest garden actually is, and a few hints on where we might be able to start - I got that and much more"

  • Karen Stankunas, participant in "Grow-Your-Own Food Forest" Workshop (2020)

“Your company goals and the way you present information is very inspiring. It is clear in the way you talk that there is a lot of passion and positivity behind what you do and it’s really valuable to me to be a part of it. [...] I left with a lot of information that will be incredibly valuable moving forward.

  • Stephanie Jacobs  ‘2019 Design to Harvest workshop series’

“I appreciated the "aha" moments and the awareness that others also believe and practice that this is truly so much more than gardening in a physical sense.” 

  • Tania Stearns-Smith, Program Director and Co-Founder of Blossoming at the Farm Society

“I received more than what I was expecting. Exploring the "inner landscape" was a new concept for me, as were the zones. So inspiring.”

  • Dale Jarvis, retired Elementary School Principal 

“I love the energy from the two of you: calm, inclusive, holistic. It's a lovely learning environment that you have created.”

  • Deborah Wickins, Professor at University of Victoria

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” - Chinese Proverb

QUESTIONS? 

EMAIL: office@edible.design

PHONE: 778-747-3318

WEBSITE: www.edible.design


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