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Sunday, 25th September 2016
SKINC nursery is excited to be hosting our second workshop combining
Permaculture design with native plant species. Run by Audrey Josefski Beard, graduate of Dave Jacke's Edible Forest Garden Design Course and market gardener and Lily Aagren from SKINC nursery!
Edible forest gardens aim to mimic the structure, diversity and resilience of natural forests, while producing a wide variety of food crops such as fruits, nuts, berries, herbs, flowers, medicines and perennial vegetables. By observing nature, we can learn how to create gardens that are as low-maintenance, biodiverse, productive and beautiful as possible, while using far less resources and energy than traditional agricultural systems.
When we learn to design harmonious relationships between different plants and animals, we can create gardens where essential services like pest control, soil building, mulching and weed control are largely taken care of by elements in the garden itself, rather than by us; thereby reducing our labour and giving us more time to enjoy and learn from the ecosystems we help create.
This workshop will be an introduction to designing diverse, perennial food gardens using permaculture design principles and practices.
The focus will be on learning the step-by-step process of designing an edible forest garden, from analysing your site (looking at soil, weather patterns, sun/shade/wind sectors, landform, water access and so on), to choosing species that will suit these conditions and support eachothers growth, to the practical strategies and techniques for implementing and maintaining your garden.
We will also explore the importance of incorporating native species in our edible forest gardens and the variety of ways native plants can be included in our designs-from bush foods, to ground cover plants, mineral accumulators, habitat and nectar plants and more. Workshop participants will also receive a comprehensive booklet with all the information we will cover on the day, as well as extra resources.
Sunday, September 25th 2016
Bookings close: September 25th 2016