Friday, April 23, 2010

Edible Forest Gardens 201 Workshop at Cornell Student Farm

Announcement from Dilmun Hill:

*On May 9, Dilmun Hill's Growing Mosaics Garden is delightedly offering an advanced workshop with Edible Forest Gardens author and designer Dave Jacke!

If you are interested in coming, please *RSVP by April 25, 2010.* Feel free to share this with relevant groups at this time.
*Deposits are due by April 30* to keep your spot. Please let us know if you want to come but need help with the fee.

The whole scoop:

*Edible Forest Gardens 201
Gardening Like the Forest: Building Effective Polycultures
*Sunday, May 9, 2010, 11AM- 4:30PM
Dilmun Hill Student Farm, Cost: $40 prepaid by April 30

Lets get practical: how does one design effective polycultures in forest garden ecosystems? We'll briefly review basic theory, then solidify that theory with a guild and polyculture game and later evaluate Dilmun Hill's Growing Mosaics Garden polycultures based on what we learn. We will look for what is working well and suggest how to build better polycultures onsite.

Bring your copies of *Edible Forest Gardens, *Volume 2, clipboards or field notebooks, and one or two of your best references on woody and perennial plants (catalogs count!) to add to our resource library for the day.

*Prerequisites:* Familiarity with Edible Forest Gardens, Volumes 1 and 2 * and/or* attendance at earlier workshops with Dave Jacke. Previous experience with forest garden design is a major plus.

*Is this the right workshop for you?* Since this is a more advanced workshop, please ask yourself these questions to ensure that you'll be ready to go! We don't need to know the answers to these, but it will help you make a decision about coming.

- What is a polyculture? Can you describe one?
- What benefits do polycultures potentially accrue to gardeners? What problems might polycultures cause if designed poorly?

*RSVP to by Thursday, April 25 to reserve your spot. Attendance is limited to 30 to create the best hands-on opportunity for all. Checks due by April 30 and can be made out to "Dilmun Hill Student Farm" and mailed to Melissa Madden, 147D Plant Science Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, Ny 14853. Bring your own lunch, snacks provided.

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