- Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke: Milkwood Farm
Mar 18 2013 - Mar 26 2013 9:00am - 9:00pm
Milkwood Farm (1) - Mudgee
Edible Forest Gardens
18 - 26 March, Milkwood Farm, Mudgee: Forest Garden Design Intensive
A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in 9 days of integrated forest garden and advanced permaculture design with the world's best - Dave Jacke, primary author of the award winning Edible Forest Gardens and leading forest ecology designer, thinker and teacher.
This design intensive, never before held in Australia, is a one-off chance to accelerate your permaculture design skills and knowledge to the next level, and enable you to become an accomplished and able permaculture designer.
In this nine-day intensive course, you will be immersed in the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems, using temperate deciduous forests as models
Dave Jacke and his Australian teaching team will offer lectures, site walks, and intensive design exercises to help you understand how the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional processes of natural forests apply in the design of edible ecosystems of all kinds.
You'll learn a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of food-producing ecologies for both rural and urban sites. You will leave inspired and empowered to confidently design food forests in both rural and urban settings.
This course is recommended for active permaculture teachers, designers and practitioners, from beginning to experienced, in order to truly grow their design skills.
This course is also recommended for landscape designers, farmers, community gardeners, teachers, horticulturalists, homesteaders and anyone else wanting to progress their abilities to design and create stable, successful, resilient food producing forest ecologies on any scale.
Forest ecosystems exhibit many beneficial properties we humans would be wise to emulate in our culture, agriculture and horticulture:
• they maintain, renew, fertilize and propagate themselves without human inputs
• they build, store, and conserve clean air, clean water, nutrients, soil quality, and biodiversity; and they exhibit stability, resilience, and adaptability.
These qualities emerge from the dynamics of the forest as a whole system, not from any one or more of the elements that comprise the forest alone. To design productive edible ecosystems that express these same qualities, we must understand forest structures, functions, patterns, and processes and use this knowledge wisely.
Please note that this intensive course begins with an evening session on Sunday 17th, and will include evening sessions throughout the course.
Included in this course:
- 9 days of forest garden design, theory and practice with the premier thinker and doer of this subject ON THE PLANET
- 9 days and nights of the most incredible just-harvested organic food you will ever be blessed to eat
- 9 nights of accommodation at Milkwood Farm (BYO camping gear) and use of student facilities
- Extensive in-class and post-course resources developed by Dave Jacke for your future permaculture design work
"Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodlandlike patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts.
You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. You can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden. If designed with care and deep understanding of ecosystem function, you can also design a garden that is largely self-maintaining." - Dave Jacke
Dont miss this one-off chance to accelerate your design skills and knowledge with a teacher at the forefront of regenerative design on our planet.
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.
Please note that tickets for this course are not refundable, but are transferable to another name.
As part of our Fair Share policy
, we provide pensioner and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch
for more information.
Included in your course fee
Students of this design intensive will receive extensive resources from Dave Jacke and Milkwood Permaculture to support and further their future design process.
Your course fee includes Milkwood Farm's famous and fabulous farm-grown catering, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as tea, coffee and fruit throughout the day.
Your course fee includes use of the Milkwood Farm campground (BYO camping gear) and use of our student facilities.
About the teachers
For this unique intensive, Dave Jacke is the lead teacher and will be present throughout. To better facilitate intensive design exercises in small groups, Dave has asked us to draw together a team of best-practice Australian permaculture teachers and designers to ensure the aims of this design intensive are met for all who attend.
|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 communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a M.A. in Landscape Design. Dave's detailed resumé is available as a pdf download here.|
|Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living. Nick divides his time between Permaculture teaching and the ongoing establishment of Milkwood Farm near Mudgee NSW with his wife Kirsten, his son Ashar, and the wider Milkwood team.www.Milkwood.net|
Cam Wilson's passion is landscape repair. He thrives on designing, planning and building fertility and resilience into landscapes, and on making it as easy as possible for people to fulfill their goals. He has worked closely with numerous on-ground pioneers as well as research scientists, and is known for interpreting and presenting their intuitive ideas or complex language with great practical value. Cam is acknowledged by peers, students and clients as being exceptional in both his understanding of complex natural processes, and how to work with them to best heal our Australian landscape. www.earthintegral.com
|Hannah Moloney is a legendary permaculture designer of community space and structure, and is currently the President of the Australian City Farm and Community Garden Network. She's been working with urban food systems for over 10 years. Having grown up on a small herb farm in inner city Brisbane she has a firm foundation of the delight and necessity of growing food in and close to where the majority of people live, the city. Hannah has a particular interest in community composting in cities and advocating for small- hold farmers in urban, peri-urban and rural settings. www.hannahmoloney.com|
Floyd Chris Constable is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher whose most recent appointment was permaculturalist-in-residence at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses in Thailand, which included establishing tropical market gardens and extensive aquaponics systems.
Floyd has worked in many parts of Australia with indigenous and local communities to design and actualise resilient food systems. Floyd is now designing and establishing a range of integrated small-farm animal systems to build the fertility, diversity and food production capacity of Milkwood Farm.
While not required reading for this event, we highly recommend Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier as an exceptional set of reference books on this subject.
"This comprehensive two-volume book constitutes an in-depth course in ecological garden design. Written in a passionate, clear, and engaging style, it integrates the vision and ecology of forest gardening with practical design, establishment, and management strategies. While Edible Forest Gardens was written as an integrated whole, each volume can stand alone as valuable learning tools and references."
If you can't make this event, there's a range of others with Dave in Sydney, Melbourne and Penguin (TAS), as well as a full-blown Forest Garden Design Intensive at Milkwood Farm, NSW. See here for more details...
Milkwood Farm (1)
1466 Campbells Creek Road
Milkwood is a small organic family farm near Mudgee in Central Western NSW. A Permaculture Demonstration Farm currently under development, Milkwood features extensive permaculture earthworks and water-harvesting features, our amazing passive-solar cottage, food-forests in the making, seedball production and many other examples of sustainable and regenerative best-practice for farming and living.
Our courses are held in our family's woolshed with beautiful views of Campbells Creek Valley and our organic farm cooking is such that students often joke about moving in permanently.
Mudgee is an easy 4 hours by car or 40 minutes by air from Sydney, and is serviced by Countrylink Rail and Mudgee Airport. See our Getting to Milkwood page for a map and full details on getting here by plane, train or automobile.
- For this course, we offer the option to stay at Milkwood Farm in our creekside camping area as part of your course cost. This option includes dinner, breakfast and use of all amenities, and is BYO camping gear (or hire some of our tents/beds/sleeping bags by contacting us prior to your course). See our Staying at Milkwood page for more details on what we provide.
Or, if you're not up for camping, we suggest...
- Staying at Bushlands Holiday Park in Windeyer, 15 minutes up the road. Bushlands has a range of cabin and camping options, and the Windeyer Pub, located right next door, does counter meals some nights of the week.
- BaMack Homestead B&B is 20 minutes up the road from Milkwood Farm. They have special rates for Milkwood students, so mention us when you book: 02 6373 8312.
- Stay further afield in Mudgee, which has a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Mudgee Tourism Website.
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