April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th(cancelled)
May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th(cancelled)
June 5th, 12th, 19th(cancelled)
July 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
September 11th, 18th, 25th
If you are wondering what a Forest Garden is, click HERE for the detailed description of how ours came to be & all that it entails, but in short, I’ll use this simple description for an explanation: ‘Forest Gardening is a low-maintenance, sustainable, plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans.’
For this course, we will be tending to all the needs & dreams of our Forest Garden, that has been in the making for 6 years now. Depending on the time of year, we will be teaching skills such as pruning, planting, composting, seed saving, harvesting, etc…. Our Forest Garden is about 2 acres & has over 50 edible & medicinal plants currently, but we are set to add hundreds of more plants in 2020. So, lots of what we will be doing this year is preparing areas, adding plants, cultivating & tending to those plants, & reshaping spaces. We have everything from root crops to mature nut trees with trails that wind throughout, with an open space for gathering & a fire in the middle. We envision letting the kids help shape the space as well-adding their own forts & getting their input on where we should add benches and such, for example. We intend on adding labels to the plants, which the kids may help with, & of course they will be learning how to identify plants along the way as well. There will be days when we go through & identify all the types of trees, there will be days when we harvest various nuts, or find and identify Wild Mushrooms. This really is a gardening class, but with a much larger, diverse garden that provides an opportunity for the kids to learn an innovative, yet very traditional way of working with plants. Learning how fungi, trees, root crops, shrubs, vines, & herbs can grow together, harmoniously, and how to best tend to those plants so that we can enjoy the most & best fruits from our labor.
See our helpful F&Q’s page HERE.