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.