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Discuss sustainable and organic gardening, and tour a local food forest

  • Jan 6, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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The January 6 meeting will feature a guided tour of the food forest that club member David Chapman is developing on his property in Golden Gates Estates. The technique involves the enhancement of an existing forest by adding vast numbers of edible plants among the trees. The result is a dense, multilayered, sustainable forest ecosystem, providing wholesome food for people and an ideal habitat for wildlife and beneficial organisms.

David's food forest currently features over 60 fruit trees, including bananas, peaches, various citrus, black sapote, avocados, blackberries, dragon fruit, figs, guava, passion fruit and more, all planted among native Florida palms and pines, and covering 1.2 acres. This project is just one year old, but David is now adding over 100 more fruit trees and a much more diverse and expansive understory on his entire 2.8-acre property.

After the guided tour of the food forest, David will lead a discussion on permaculture, sustainable gardening techniques, organic gardening techniques, southwest Florida's microclimates, and many more techniques specific to home gardening in this semi-tropical environment.

As usual at our meetings, we'll all enjoy healthful snacks and light drinks as we talk about our gardens and everything else under the sun. The plant-exchange table will display those extra plants and seeds that members offer to other members, so you can offer your own extras, and take home whichever others you'd like to add to your garden.

To let David know whether you can or can't attend this meeting, please click either Yes or No on the web site's RSVP link. Visitors are always welcome at these free events, so you can invite interested friends or neighbors. Please add the number of visitors you're inviting when you submit your RSVP. This meeting should be very informative, and we look forward to seeing you there on Sunday, January 6.

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  • Mia A.

    Very informative...I wish I could of stayed longer. You know many of the weeds you have growing in your yard are edible as are the green pine needles in the trees (make a tea). Cheers.

    January 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm not familiar with which weeds are edible. I'd love to learn some time!

      January 7, 2013

  • Suzanne and P.

    With 23 gardeners attending, this was the best-attended event since the garden group was created 18 months ago. Host David Chapman gave everyone clear explanations of organic and sustainable gardening, with good examples of various ways to amend southwest Florida's poor garden soils. He introduced us to many of his fruit trees, showed us how weeds can be used as they are in nature, and recommended non-chemical fertilizers like vermicompost tea and even urine. His guided tour of the food forest he created on his acres was the highlight of a very enjoyable and informative event. We hope David can host another meeting next year to show us how much his hard work has produced.

    January 6, 2013

  • Alisande C.

    Fantastic tour at a budding Food Forest in Naples. David is passionate and funny and a good natural teacher. Lots of learning and laughter was had there today.

    3 · January 6, 2013

  • Mia A.

    OMG....I am lost. I went to the wrong address....If I make it I will be late....I am sorry. I read your address to fast and thought it was street instead of Ave

    January 6, 2013

  • lindsey

    i might bring a friend and bring some butterfly weed seedlings.

    January 2, 2013

  • Mia A.

    I am so excited about this 1st event with you all. I just bought (moved in day before Christmas) a place on 3 acres and found out it was once owned by some holistic doctors. I recognized many of the plants to be edible or medicinal before I found out about the previous owners. I am hoping you all will be able to give me wisdom and advice so I can make my property a continuation of what these people began years ago. I love nature and am very excited about the gardens and wildlife on my property. What David is doing sounds very cool and I am intrigued.

    December 26, 2012

    • Mia A.

      Yes, I am off Golden Gate Blvd. Love it.

      December 26, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nice! I'd love to see it some time. Hopefully the tour I give will be of use :)

      December 26, 2012

  • Etelka K.

    I'm planting more plants to share.
    see u all at David's
    till hen I wish every one a Very Happy Holidays

    December 4, 2012

  • Suzanne and P.

    David's food forest and discussions of organic and sustainable gardens should be inspirational for many southwest Florida gardeners. We encourage club members to tell other gardening friends about these fascinating topics, and invite them to attend the meeting.

    November 24, 2012

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