- Forest Garden Design: Oct 2012: Milkwood Farm
Oct 5 2012 - Oct 7 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm
University of Tasmania - Hobart
Edible Forest Gardens
Join Dan Harris Pascal for a hands-on course in designing, installing and understanding a temperate forest garden system.
Forest Gardens can be resilient perennial polyculture systems which mimic the structure and ecology of a forest ecosystem, and can be designed to produce diverse yields from the different layers within the forest.
This course is a dynamic workshop that leads you through the process of design for Forest Gardens. From setting the goals and objectives, developing a concept plant and implementation and evaluation. The course uses presentations, games, group work and applied practicals to take you through every step of the design process.
Great for people wanting to start a serious Forest Garden Project, this course covers the process of designing and utilising succession to repair land, develop the soil.
By careful design, the polycultures in the forest garden can produce more food than when the plants are grown separately. This is achieved by 'guilding' plants together so that the products and functions of one plant meet the needs and requirements on another.
Further, a forest garden seeks to support and provide for the needs of beneficial birds, insects and animals which reduce our work and increase yields when they take up residence in our forest gardens.
This workshop will cover:
- Forest Ecology and the natural processes we are trying to mimic in a Forest Garden
- Design strategies for Forest Gardens in urban and suburban environments
- How to provide for and support beneficial insects, animals and birds in your garden.
- Exercises to develop an understanding of guild design to meet a plants needs and build an over-yeilding polycultures
- The process of Succession and methods of design through time
- Design and planning habitat for all the workers in your forest garden: the birds, insects, fungus and other forest friends.
Dan Harris Pascal's background in horticulture and passion for plants has led him to work in a range of forest settings in Australia and beyond.
Dan brings a unique and extensive knowledge of plant species and functions and experience in practical permaculture guild design to this workshop.
You, however, can just bring yourself. We will provide all design materials, plants, shovels, gloves and knowledge. You will leave this workshop confident, able and ready to design and plant your own temperate forest garden.
Forest Garden resources:
- All about the Gawler Food Forest in dry/temperate Sought Australia
- Temperate Food Forest in Marrickville on Milkwood.net
- Robert Hart’s Forest of Food a seminal pioneer of english forest gardens
- More resources on Robert Hart’s seminal food forest work
- Edible Forest Gardens website – some good resources
About this workshop:
This workshop will be held on-farm at Milkwood Farm. We will use a combination of our woolshed classroom and field time for teaching this workshop. Bring good solid boots, work clothes and expect to get dirty as well as knowledgeable during this workshop.
About the teacher:
Dan Harris-Pascal is a plant whisperer who grew up gardening and walking in the Southern Tablelands. Dan’s passion for plants led him to Horticulture at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Hawai’i and to design and teach in school gardens with a focus on learning-by-doing. He now specialises in forest garden design and agroforestry.
Dan is passionate about teaching ecology and horticulture that is understandable and useful with a focus on examples and experience over words and theory. Dan's website.
Booking into the course
You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or get in contact with us to arrange payment by credit card, cheque or direct deposit.
Included in your course fee:
We make available to all students a heap of useful plant materials and resources, as well as extensive post-course notes.
Your course fee includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day of your workshop. Meals are organic country
cooking with omnivore or vegetarian options, with a high ratio of yummy
organic produce coming from Milkwood Farm itself.
For a small additional fee you can camp at Milkwood Farm for the duration of your course, and this option includes breakfast and dinner each night. See our Staying at Milkwood page for full info on accommodation and facilities.
Mates rates: we know that you're more likely to succeed in changing the world with a like-minded crew. To enable this, we arrange a 15% discount off full price for group bookings of 2 or more. Please get in touch for details.
As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner, couples and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more information.
University of Tasmania
Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay
This PDC will be held at the Sandy Bay campus of the University of Tasmania in a large, comfortable workshop space that opens onto a kitchen garden, with the vibrant Source community garden 10 minutes walk away through the same campus.
Hobart is serviced by bus, train and plane from the Australian mainland
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