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Permaculture Extravaganza -- Nashville Urban Food Forest Dig-In (East Nashville)

  • Mar 23, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Please join Nashville Urban Food Forest (N.U.F.F.) as we install an edible forest garden in Nashville. Free sustainable living and gardening workshops!

You are welcome to bring a snack or drink to contribute to/for the collective. Potluck style lunch bring your instruments if you want to share that hour.

RSVP to [masked] for more information and to confirm your attendance, space is limited.

The purpose of the NUFF program is to design and install edible forest gardens in the city of Nashville. We have chosen to launch this program using the model of permabliz (from Australia) and Dig In (From LA), which are pay it forward systems. Basically, people will express desire for their yard or empty space to be established as a food forest. To keep our program going, these hosts will volunteer time on 3 additional implementations, as well as pay for the costs of the trees and plants in their design. Ideally, we would like to have materials or funding to provide most of these plants through the program, but we’re not there yet.

The goals of these implementations are to:

-create or add to edible, perennial landscapes where someone lives
-build community networks
-practice regenerative agriculture in an urban setting

We will have many workshops throughout the day such as:

Ben Bishop- Introduce N.U.F.F. Fairwin Ave design project.
Will Bates from "The Farm" 10-12pm- grafting fruit trees, organic farming, and swales. Growing native TN blueberries hands on workshop.
Paul Freeman- How To Grow Shiitake Mushrooms- Mycorrhizal fungi plant connections talk *Hands on activity inoculating mushrooms logs.
Yahroe Hill- Aesthetics and permaculture- How placement effects the emotional environment. Learn how to beautify while maintaining the functional qualities that permaculture offers. Increase the ease of use and visual flow of the landscape with permaculture.

Theresa Kennedy, Yahroe Hill & Ben Bishop-Polycultures- understanding food ecosystems with Edible Forest Gardening Principles Card Game. Polyculture is agriculture using multiple crops in the same space, in imitation of the diversity of natural ecosystems, and avoiding large stands of single crops, or monoculture. The greater variety of crops provides habitat for more species, increasing local biodiversity. This is one example of reconciliation ecology, or accommodating biodiversity within human landscapes. It is also a function of a biological pest control program.

Iayaalis - The Metaphysical Magic of Herbs: information as to how locally grown herbs can be easily applied in everyday life - enhancing not only one’s overall physical health, but strengthening one’s spiritual and intuitive connection as well.
Lindsay Whiteaker - Fermentation
Theresa Kennedy- Dowsing
Loren Freed- Monach butterflies race station hands on installation
The Smoothie Shop- How to make a healthy smoothie. Free samples will be given.
Kristen Larkin- Hands on brewing compost tea
Scott Gordon Sadhu-Dhaya- Drum circle
Jason Adkins- Whole Systems Design- Putting the pieces together: organizing plants in harmony with the physical and built features of the property so that each element of the system is mutually supported. 
Alison Voit & Donna Freeman- hands on art with the children and kids at heart: Creative signs to identify and educate on garden features
Sizwe Herring 2pm: Sizwe will lead a workshop on soil aspects “Laying a Good Foundation for Your Food Forest with Soil”
Yahroe Hill- "There is a medicine cabinet in your yard" Yahroe will discuss the many medicinal usages of the plants that will be incorporated into the days Dig-In. For instance, learn how Yarrow can relieve a headache, contribute to teeth health, and stop bleeding. Learn about practical improvements to your health you can apply everyday right from your yard. 
Hands on site preparation -sheet mulching, proper planting techniques, how to divide perennials, when to transplant
Hands on planting

N.U.F.F. is a project of Green & Healthy Communities, CDC

Green and Healthy Communities is a non-profit organization seeking to create a greener landscape for Middle TN. Our goal with the Nashville Urban Food Forests project is to plant food forests through a pay-it-forward skill share model in Nashville, particularly the designated "food deserts", that engages young adults, provides nutritious food and creates green space.

The food forest model involves three or more layers of fruit growth and is more permanent than an annual based food system. These perennial plantings include canopy trees such as pear, bush/shrub layer such as blueberries and understory species or more traditional annual crops and perennial herbs. This will make a long-lasting impact on the community and provide young adults the knowledge, resources and inspiration to make positive change.

Eventually, we hope to be able to plant food forests in other neighborhoods.

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  • Karen

    Woke up with sore throat and headache. Maybe next Dig-In at Keith Caldwells?

    March 23, 2013

  • Theresa

    If you have any questions please email me at [masked].

    March 22, 2013

  • Zacheus B. O.

    Very much like to come or squist it to schedule for Sat if i know the physical address ; can someone call me at[masked]=8984 and give direction so that i can come before my 1:30 commitment. Thanksi

    March 22, 2013

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