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Intro to Food Forestry & Ecological Design

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Fernwood Community Centre

1240 Gladstone Avenue

Victoria, BC V8T 1G6

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Planting a Food Forest can be seen as an “ecosystem” approach to gardening. This design style builds on the relationships plants have with one another to create the perfect microclimates, soils, weed fighting, and pest-fighting capabilities for a thriving site.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Introduction to ecology and nutrient cycling
  • Design considerations
  • The layers of the Food Forest
  • Plant Functions (how different plants function in an ecosystem)
  • See food forestry in action in a hand on tour of the Spring Ridge Commons

This workshop will be located at the Fernwood Community Centre and the Fernwood Community Orchard. Please dress for the weather as this course has an outdoor portion.

Meet the instructors:

Matt Gravel is a Victoria-based permaculturalist with a passion for sustainable and living systems. After 10 years of property maintenance and conventional landscaping, he became tired of the unsustainable and non-regenerative practices commonly used in urban environments and wanted to find a way to change these urban spaces.

He has been studying permaculture since 2012. He completed his Permaculture Design Certificate through Gaia Craft & Langara College in Vancouver, BC and his Advanced Permaculture Design Certification at the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, WA. Currently, he is working towards a diploma in permaculture education through the Permaculture Institute.

Gravel operates a nursery, design, and education businessPlant Buoy: Life Preservation Plants. He is thrilled to be teaching people about low maintenance, easy to manage systems that grow nutrient dense food and medicine while regenerating urban landscapes.

Paul Trompette is a French Agroecologist. He has ten years of experience and education in creating sustainable ecological landscapes, having worked in many different climates and continents and on varying scales. His passion, moreso than gardening, is transmitting knowledge so that others may learn to love growing their own food and sustenance.

Paul has a Master's degree in Agroecology, science of the food and farming systems, from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He quickly realized that our urban landscapes could be much more functional if they were providing food and other ecosystem services. That is why he started Gourmand Gardens, a Victoria-based edible landscaping company dedicated to empowering folks to grow their own food, fruit, and medicine through sustainable practices.

Community Supported Education:

In every workshop, 2 spaces are available for youth and members of our community who are not able to afford tuition, in an attempt to remove barriers and make this information available for all. If you are interested in making a donation to sponsor a space, please contact Jenna at 250-381-1552 x100 or info@fernwodnrg.ca. All donations go directly toward providing workshop spaces for those who cannot afford to access workshops.

This workshop series is brought to you by Fernwood NRG & Plant Buoy: Life Preservation Plants. We strive to increase healthy food access and develop food skills in our neighbourhood. Donations go directly toward providing workshop spaces for those who cannot afford to access workshops.

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