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Edible Forest Garden Course in Eastern Mass.w/ Eric Toensmeier -- this weekend -- rideshare from NYC available

From: Frances S.
Sent on: Monday, June 7, 2010 10:23 PM
hey friends,

see below for course info. ?i will be preparing food for the event and will be leaving from Greenwich Village friday morning. ?i offer a ride there, and will at least see you to a Chinatown bus back to NYC (unless you want to go an ashram upstate).



frances.subbiondo gmail


Edible Forest Garden Workshop?
With Eric Toensmeier?
June 11-13 (Fri evening talk, full-day workshop Sat & Sun)?
Scituate, MA (a 3-minute walk from the Greenbush MBTA commuter rail station)?

Learn the edible forest garden design process while designing and planting an edible forest garden!?
Edible forest gardens mimic the structures and functions of natural ecosystems while producing food and other products, with an emphasis on low-maintenance perennial crops. Learn how design and plant selection help provide fertility, control of weeds and pests, and more. Come for a hands-on introduction to this fascinating and delicious approach to food production. The course will include an overview of edible forest garden theory and the design process, soil-building techniques, a plant identification/native polyculture exploration walk along the nearby coastline, and the design and implementation of an edible forest garden. Other topics to be covered include sheet mulching, propagation and planting, forest ecology, soil ecology, foraging and wild edibles, and management techniques.Be prepared for a hands-on forest garden experience (bring work gloves, hat, sunscreen, and favorite garden tools if you have them).?
Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Perennial Vegetables and co-author (with Dave Jacke) of Edible Forest Gardens. He has studied permaculture and useful plants for twenty years. An expert on the useful perennial crops of the world, he has taught about permaculture and perennial food production systems in multiple languages and countries. His urban homestead is a model of how to apply permaculture to a small space with poor soils. Eric also ran the Tierra de Oportunidades urban farm project in Holyoke, MA, and provides business training to start-up farmers through the New England Small Farm Institute and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.?
Course fee is $[masked] (sliding scale) for the weekend; includes Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner and Sunday breakfast/lunch. On-site camping is available for a nominal fee, and a list of other local lodging/dining options is available on request.??Other offerings may include morning &/or evening yoga,?an ocean?swim, drum circle/acoustic music (bring your instruments!), etc.? The site is a?10-minute?bike ride from the beach.?

?To register (or for more info) contact Kim at[masked] or at?[address removed]
Some scholarship funds may be available, so please let us know if financial circumstances may keep you from attending.?

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