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Edible Ecosystems Emerging: Forest Garden Design Intensive- 9 days- Pacific NW

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Edible Ecosystems Emerging: Forest Garden Design Intensive- 9 days- Pacific NW

Time: September 14, 2012 at 8am to September 23, 2012 at 7pm
Location: South of Portland -a farm near Sherwood
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Phone: Jenny Pell - 206-949-049
Event Type: educational, intensive
Organized By: Permaculture Friends
Latest Activity: Aug 10, 2012

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"Forest ecosystems exhibit many beneficial properties we humans would be wise to emulate in our culture, agriculture and horticulture:  *they maintain, renew, fertilize, and propagate themselves without human inputs;  * they build, store, and conserve clean air, clean water, nutrients, soil quality, and biodiversity;  and * they exhibit stability, resilience, and adaptability.

"These qualities emerge from the dynamics of the forest as a whole system, not from any one or more of the elements that comprise the forest alone. To design productive edible ecosystems that express these same qualities, we must understand forest structures, functions, patterns, and processes, and use this knowledge wisely.

"In this nine-day intensive course, you will dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. Dave Jacke and his teaching team will offer lectures, site walks, and experiential exercises to help you understand how the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional processes of natural forests apply to the design of edible ecosystems of all kinds.
"You'll learn a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of food-producing ecologies at our host farm. We'll also engage with issues of garden management, economics, and the deep paradigmatic shifts required to succeed at cocreating “humanatural” landscapes and cultures. You will leave inspired and empowered to design food forests at home for yourself, and your friends, neighbors and clients.

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Comment by Heather K on July 12, 2012 at 6:12pm

Edible Ecosystems Emerging-  Instructor & author, David Jacke, holds a MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design and was the lead author of the award winning two-volume book "Edible Forest Gardens". He owns and operates Dynamics Ecological Design in Greenfield, MA, and teaches forest gardening and advanced permaculture throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.  Co-instructor, Juliette Jones designs, installs and manages urban and community forest. gardens through Pittsurgh Permaculture, including the Hazelwood Food Forest, the city’s first. Juliette also teaches at Phipps Conservatory, and through Chatham University’s graduate Food Studies Program.

Costs: Sliding scale from $1,200 to $1,500

* Tuition includes all course materials, all meals, accommodations, & complete (rustic) facilities.

* Local commuters very welcome, but will be expected to share all meals if possible.

*All payments above $1,200 go directly to our scholarship fund!

* Scholarship candidates please email Jenny Pell for an application.

Donations to our scholarship fund are greatly appreciated.

Location The course will be held at the Community by Design farm, 15 miles south of Portland, in Sherwood, OR. See website for more details.
Living Arrangements Accommodations for the students are a few miles down the road at the Magness Tree farm where they have dorms, hot showers, trails, and all kinds of facilities. We will have breakfasts at Magness, and lunches and dinners at Community by Design.

Cancellation Policy: There is a $350 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space. If you cancel your registration, you will get a refund of $850. Any donations to the scholarship fund are non-refundable.

Questions: Please contact Jenny Pell: jennypell -at  (206) 949-0496.

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