Date: June 27
Time: 11AM-2PM
Cost: $80 per person
Location: Peace Of Mind Farm
Contact: Jaclyn Sicoli

Explore two essential permaculture concepts in one workshop!

Discover how to plant a “food forest” and grow delicious organic fruit and food in your landscape (with hardly any maintenance), then learn how to capture, store, and utilize rainwater (which will enhance your property and save you money). A food forest (or “edible forest garden”) is a low-maintenance gardening technique that mimics a woodland ecosystem but substitutes woodland species with edible trees, shrubs, perennial vegetables, herbs, vines, and annuals. Designed correctly, a food forest is sustainable, resilient, builds healthy soil, sequesters carbon, stores rainwater, and provides habitat for wildlife—all while producing a cornucopia of food for you and your family!

This class will give you hands-on practice designing and setting up a food forest with easy-to-grow fruits so you can establish a food forest in your own backyard. Water harvesting involves a variety of strategies to manage and enhance the water resources on your land—leading to healthier plants and lower water bills. Understanding and implementing just a few simple water harvesting techniques such as swales on contour, hugelkultur beds, and rain gardens can improve the way water moves through your yard and how effectively your plants are able to use it. Learn which designs best fit your land, how they are created, and how to make them look good. Permaculture and edible landscape designer Michael Judd will provide a clear and simplified approach to food forestry and water harvesting in this workshop, which will be a combination of theory and hands-on practice. Whether you have a little patch of backyard or a huge property to work with, the principles you learn in this class will help make your land more diverse, productive, and ecologically friendly than ever before.