Online Forest garden design intro especially for community gardens

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 AT 6 PM – 10 PM

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 6 PM – 10 PM Public ·

Hosted by Rakesh Roots n Permaculture

Online Event

PART 1: introduction on how to design food forests
– This course will be run on 4 consecutive Thursdays in September.
– 18:00 to 22:00 UK time
PART 2: Design your own forest garden or community forest garden + how to implement. Date and time to be confirmed during part 1
Imagine your garden or community space looking as lovely as a woodland edge. Imagine that on top of looking wonderfully wild, it produces an abundance of nutrient dense food and will ultimately need very little digging, weeding, manual watering or pest control – all in harmony with animals and other beings (eco friendly and vegan). This is ‘an edible forest garden’.
Forest gardening is a way of growing food where nature does most of the work for you. Modelled on natural woodland, crops are grown in different layers from high and medium sized canopy to roots, ground cover and climbers. And its not just food and medicine you will get from the forest garden, there are many more yields.
Through careful planning plants are chosen which have beneficial effects on each other, attract beneficial insects and create a healthy biodiverse rich system that maintains its own fertility. Once established, your main task will be harvesting!

====== WHAT TO EXPECT =======
This workshop is in 2 parts, the first part will give you the tools you need to design your own forest garden.
The second part will give you an opportunity to design your own place with the help of others. You will also learn how to implement your designs.

====== DATES & MORE DETAILS ON WHAT TO EXPECT ======
PART 1 First 4 session ( Introduction to forest gardening)
Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th 18:00 – 22:00
This section of the course you will learn about the basics of designing a forest garden. You will get to understand
– How to select the right plants for your environment
– Where to place them to ensure they thrive
– How to ensure you have the right nutrients cycling to ensure good crops
– History of forest gardening
– Why make a food forest
– Layout of a forest garden
– Multifunctional pathways
– Creating abundance and resilience
– Low maintenance food growing
– Patterns in nature for forest gardens
– Understanding and maximising edge
YOU CAN ATTEND JUST THE FIRST 4 SESSIONS AS A STAND ALONE COURSE

PART 2 Next 8 sessions (Work on real designs and implementation
Participants who want to continue to make a real design will be invited to part 2 where you will support each other to design your own forest garden and look at how to implement your designs.
Dates to be confirmed during part 1
This is where you start to make your own designs. You will
– Make maps and gather the right information to make a design
– Identify your needs and the lands needs
– Make a design for yourself or help someone else (if you do not have a place to design yet)
– Learn how to implement your designs (where to start)
– Make a succession plan (how the forest garden grows and matures by itself)
– Think about any maintenance
– Think about how you harvest your yields
– Water management
– Tree and plant guilds
YOU MUST HAVE ATTENDED THE FIRST 4 SESSIONS OR HAVE DONE AN INTRO COURSE WITH RAKESH TO JOIN THIS PART
After the course is finished we will continue to support each other with implementation. Dates for this are not confirmed yet (we will do this during the course, depending on peoples needs).

====== LEAD FACILITATOR ======
The course will be led by Rakesh “Rootsman Rak” – experienced Permaculture designer, teacher and Forest Garden specialist, yoga teacher and homeopath. He has been growing food since he was a child, and has been designing and teaching edible landscaping, permaculture, forest gardening, etc since 2009. Rakesh has designed and implemented forest gardens from small-scale private gardens and schools, to farms, community gardens, communal nature gardens, as well as designing a forest garden on part of a 30-hectare ecovillage in Croatia.

====== COURSE COSTS ======
We want this course to be accessible to all and are therefore working in a conscious contribution system, inviting you to pay what you can afford towards meeting the needs of the facilitator(s). We therefore invite those who can pay more to help those who cannot afford as much.
Please contact us if you have any questions about this.
Suggested contributions of between £10 and £40 per day (i.e. between £40 and £160 for the first 4 session or between £120 and £480 for all 12 session. If you cannot afford this then PLEASE get in touch and we will work something out that is mutually beneficial.

====== REGISTRATION ======
To register for this course, please click on the ticket section below and fill in the form (make sure you hit the submit button, after which you will get an email confirmation). If you do not get an email confirmation, have any difficulty filling it in or have any questions please feel free to contact Rakesh
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