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Designing Paradise Lot(s): Food Forests for City and Country

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How do we design productive, beautiful and perennial edible landscapes that will literally bear fruit for years and decades? How to we incorporate the wisdom of natural ecosystems into the way we produce food in the city, the suburbs and the country? How can these gently managed, foragable growing systems compliment other food production methods?

Please join us in welcoming Jonathan Bates of Food Forest Farm ( in Holyoke, Massachusetts and contributing author for the award-winning book Paradise Lot ( as he guides us through the fundamentals of food forest design and we use a real live space in East Bayside as our practice design canvas.

In this half day workshop, we will cover the fundamental concepts of food forests (gardening LIKE the forest, not IN the forest), review the expected yields and benefits, design methods (i.e. how to you design a "plant guild" or "polyculture" for maximum health and yield?) and then practice design on a neighborhood site. You will walk away with the basic design skills to start experimenting with food forest design on your own.

Space is Limited! $49 early registration (before April 30) and $59 thereafter

• Doors open at 8:30 for coffee/tea/am snacks

• 9:00 Workshop Start

• 11:00 Short Break with Potluck snacks (bring a beverage/snack to share)

• 1:00 Workshop Close and Plant Order Pickup*

*for those who are attending this workshop, you can pre-order plants from Jonathan's Food Forest Farms nursery and he will waive shipping fees and deliver to our workshop.

Workshop plant pre-order save on shipping: Shop for plants at (; Choose "In Person Pickup" as your shipping method for no shipping; Choose "Portland ME only May 31" as your Shipping details pickup date on the Check Out page.

More about Jonathan:

Jonathan has been learning, thinking and teaching ecologically for two decades. He’s co-created dozens of thriving farms and gardens in the CT River Valley. He co-founded and is a board member of the Apios Institute, a teacher at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and is a farmer with Nuestras Raices, Inc. Additionally he is a co-founder, and coordinator/design teacher with Permaculture FEAST. Jonathan loves sharing his passion for life with friends and family, and working with folks to better the world we live in.

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