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Learn How to Design a Food Forest

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Be a part of creating the FIRST FOREST GARDEN in Naperville!

This hands-on course will incorporate the site of the forest garden being designed for The Conservation Foundation and The Resiliency Institute.

This Advanced Design Food Forest Workshop will focus on site assessment, regenerative plant systems, polyculture design, and assembling the best species suited for each participant’s property.

Food forests and forest gardening bring together the best ecological systems that allow us sustainable, low input, and high-yield harvests. Forests and woodlands exist in almost every climate to some extent. In temperate northern climates we have the best resources and environment for a wide selection of plants and trees.

Session 1:
Friday, September 27 6 pm - 9 pm

An Introduction To Permaculture Practices, Principles, And Ethics.
Case Studies Of Permaculture Design and the Design Process.
Basemap Development For Your Food Forest Design.

Session 2:
Saturday, September 28 9 am - 5 pm

Site Assessment and Natural Dynamics in Food Forests
Plant Species, Companions, Guilds, and Intercropping
Plant Database Resources And Building Site Specific Plant Lists
Polyculture Design Skills, Drawing, and Practice

Session 3:
Sunday, September 29 10 am - 3 pm

Succession Scenarios, The Dynamic Design Over Time
Designing Within Natural Systems, Building on Nature’s Momentum
Drawing Lab and Supervised Final Drafts and Plant Lists.

¼” graph paper, a ruler, drawing pencils 2h and Hb., eraser.
Measurements of their property and planting areas.
A soil sample in a bucket. (Saturday)
Students will have Designer Access to the Natural Capital Plant Database for the duration of the course. Public Access will be available thereafter.

COST, includes lunches and snacks: $450 Regular, $440 TRI Co-op members



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