Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd.
Edible forest gardens are edible ecosystems that mimic the structure and function of natural forests, while producing food and other useful products. Trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and fungi work together in polycultures to create low-maintenance gardens or larger productive landscapes. Learn simple guidelines, based on real experience, for designing “polycultures” of several species. Hear about case studies of food forest businesses.
Eric Toensmeier has studied and practiced permaculture since 1990. He is the author of two award-winning books: Perennial Vegetables (2007) and Edible Forest Gardens (2005, with Dave Jacke). His latest book is Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City (2013, with Jonathan Bates). Eric is an expert on the world’s useful perennial crops. He has run an urban farm project and a seed company, and taught and consulted throughout the Americas in English and Spanish. His current project is a book: Carbon Farming: A Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices.
Location: Shelburne Farms - Farm Barn, Pipe Room
Presented by Shelburne Farms, Vermont Edible Landscapes, and Chelsea Green Publishing
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/edible-forest-gardens-and-commercial-food-forestry-an-evening-with-eric-toensmeier-registration-11945349863