Fruit tree guild planting & forest garden workshop

  • November 11, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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Learn how to create a food forest in your yard!

A “guild” in Permaculture is a system of efficiently grouping different plants together in order to use everything to the fullest potential.
When planting a guild there are a few things in mind:

Nature always "plants" a variety, Nature “stacks” plants in both time and space!

Large plants depend upon the smaller plants around them.  Observe the large diversity of plant life that occurs in an undisturbed forest, each plant has a specific purpose. A natural forest is comprised of many layers of plants that grow and die according to the season and which extend from high above the earth to deep below it. We strive to create analogues of such resilient natural systems which provide abundance for us and help bring greater health/diversity to the environment.

Participants will have the opportunity to install a fruit tree guild while learning about sheet mulching, plant guilds, and system stability.

Hand-outs will be provided to help you replicate these techniques on your own site.

Fee:  $45 -- Discount available: Members of PASA, BFBL and EPPG pay reduced fee of $35 for this 1/2 day hands-on workshop.


Please dress appropriately for the weather and remember to check this page the morning of --  in the event of inclement weather (rain, etc. will cancel this event).

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  • Melissa M

    Hi Joyce,

    We will be discussing Tree Guilds -- Fruit tree guilds have a central element (fruit tree or nut tree), mulch plants, nitrogen fixer, nutrient/dynamic accumulators, insectaries for beneficial insects, and often -- a climbing vine layer, mushrooms beneath and the soil food web kept intact -- enhancing the overall of the health and productivity of the both the central element (tree) and the rest of the plants/fungi in the system. The fruit tree guild is a way of blending certain categories like edible, ornamental, artistic and functional. A food forest is on a larger scale... Hope this helps!

    October 24, 2012

  • Joyce B.

    I'm having 3 fruit trees planted in November: peach, apricot and plum. Need to learn how to take care of them in this climate. Also how to prevent damage from squirrels and other critters. Will this workshop include these subjects? Thank you.
    Joyce Berman

    October 23, 2012

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