Friday, September 23, 2011

Dave Jacke talk & workshop at Arboretum Oct. 7-9

Public Talk with Dave Jacke

Gardening Like the Forest: Home-Scale Ecological Food Production

Friday, October 7, 2011

7-9 pm

$20 members / $25 non-members

Dave Jacke, Instructor

Healthy forests maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves, naturally. Wouldn’t you like to grow an abundant food-producing ecosystem like this in your back yard? You can! Edible forest gardens mimic the structure and function of natural forests through all their stages of development while growing food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, farmaceuticals, and fun. We can meet our own needs and regenerate healthy ecosystems at the same time. This talk introduces the vision of forest gardening, some scientific background, a few living examples, and a sampling of perennial edibles you can use in your own garden. We’ll also touch on ecological principles that lie at the core of forest garden design, and apply equally well to how we might

design human social systems.


2 Day Workshop with Dave Jacke

Gardening like the Forest: Steps to Ecological Gardening

Saturday, October 8, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday, October 9, 8:30am - 3:30pm

$195 includes Public Talk on 10/7: See above

Ecosystem agriculture attempts to mimic the structure and function of natural communities in food-producing ecologies. This workshop explores the vision, theory, design, and practice of ecosystem agriculture. Lectures, field observations, and experiential classes will reveal the nature of ecosystem architecture, social structure, underground economics, and succession. Participants will draw conclusions from these experiences, developing practical design principles, practices, patterns, and processes for garden design and management. You will leave this workshop with an increased ability to design your own backyard food-producing ecosystems.

The cost of the weekend workshop includes the Friday night lecture, which will lay critical groundwork for these two days.

Dave Jacke, primary author of the award winning two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens, has studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. An engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, Dave has designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and c ommunities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas. A co-founder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years. Dave holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon's Rock College and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design.

TO REGISTER for either or both classes: 626-821-4623 /

Full Details:

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

301 North Baldwin Avenue

Arcadia, CA 91007-2697

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