We hope you can carpool to these two events! Evening lecture Friday October 17th & Full Day workshop Saturday October 18th. VCLT.org for more info.
Friday evening, October 17, 7-8:45 PM, 2nd Congregational Church – 16 Court Square Greenfield, MA Gardening Like the Forest I: Home-Scale Ecological Food Production 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 and grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, farmaceuticals, and fun. We can meet our own needs and regenerate healthy ecosystems at the same time! This talk is a benefit in support of Valley Community Land Trust. Suggested donation: $10. No one turned away for lack of funds. More info at www.vclt.org.
Saturday, October 18, 9a-4pm Shelburne Line Road - Colrain, MA Gardening Like the Forest II: Case Studies in Home Garden Design How might we apply the principles and ideas of forest gardening to actual sites where people live in our region? This “walk and talk” workshop will use Valley Community Land Trust home sites as examples. Join us as we learn to articulate design goals, analyze and assess sites, schematically design landscapes, and develop ideas for perennial polycultures of multipurpose plants. Bring your own lunch and be ready to be outdoors most of the day – rain or shine. We highly recommend attending Friday night’s talk before attending this workshop. Sliding scale fee $20 to $150 (suggested $50 per person). Limited enrollment – sign up now! More info at www.vclt.org.
The Valley Community Land Trust (VCLT) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that holds title to land, considering it neither as private nor public property, but as a sacred resource to be held in trust for present and future generations. Since 1977, when VCLT was incorporated, they have acquired through donations and purchase, over 200 acres of land in Franklin County, MA. This land has provided homes for more than 50 people and provided a base for agriculture, forestry and various cottage industries. www.VCLT.org
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. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture. He has designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas. He 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. www.edibleforestgardens.com