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Dave Jacke evening Talk: Sydney
Dave Jacke evening Talk: Sydney
Mar 1 2013 - Mar 1 2013  6:00pm - 8:30pm
National Center of Indigenous Excellence - Sydney
Edible Forest Gardens


Gardening Like the Forest: 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!

This evening talk with world-leading forest garden designer, educator and ecologist Dave Jacke provides an overview of gardening like a forest, and insights into the broader implications of forest ecologies and how their inherent patterns can be applied to both backyards, small farms and other human systems.

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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!

6:00pm - doors open

6:30pm - Dave Jacke presentation and Q&A

8:30pm - Networking & discussion...


Please note that this talk is also the introductory session of the workshop with Dave Jacke Gardening Like the Forest: Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening: Sydney on 2-3 March. If you're attending this workshop, your ticket includes this evening talk.

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...

Booking your tickets:

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.

About Dave Jacke

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.
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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."

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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...


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Located in the heart of Redfern, the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence is both a conference center and a place for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians from across the country to participate in life-changing programs in the pathways of arts and culture, health and wellness, learning and innovation and sport and recreation.

The Centre hosts and facilitates programs for young people to help them achieve their dreams and aspirations.

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