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Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
Introduction to Forest Gardening
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  • --Ubiquitous in tropical world, likely predating annual crop agriculture by many millennia.
  • Pseudo-Domesticates
  • Milkweed – TomWessels – germination of Old World vs. New World “weed” species – intervale prairies. There is more to these plants than meets the eye.
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    • 1. Introduction to Forest Gardening
      Designing Regenerative Perennial Agriculture
      Thanks to: Ethan Roland, Jonathan Bates, Kat Anderson, Dave Jacke
    • 2. A Vision of Forest Gardening
      here it is
    • 3. The Roots of Forest Gardening
    • 4. Tending the Wild Across North America
      Kat Anderson spent 17 years interviewing native elders from around California.
      Their stories illustrate whole-ecosystem caretaking based on agroforestry and managing wild plant and animal populations for harvest.
      Analagous patterns are found in the history (and sometimes present day) of every inhabited ecosystem in North America.
    • 5. Soaproot – Chlorogalum spp.
      A “wild” plant physiologically
      adapted to human harvesting
      and use.
    • 6. Pseudo-Domesticates in the Northeast?
    • 7. Desired Conditions for FG’s
      Overyielding Polycultures
      Self-Renewing Fertility
      Sustainable Water Demand
      Minimal Herbivory
      Healthy Plants
      Directed Succession
      Minimal Competition
    • 8. Forest Garden Design
    • 9. Potential FG Products
      Food
      Fuel
      Fiber
      Fodder
      Fertilizer
      “Farmaceuticals”
      FUN
      (and more…)
    • 10. Ecological Functions
      Nitrogen Fixers
      Dynamic Accumulators
      Beneficial Insectaries
      Aromatic Pest Confusers
      Cross-Pollination Clusters
      Other Beneficial Wildlife Habitat
      Microclimate Contributors
    • 11. Polyculture Design
      Food
      Tea/
      Medicine/
      Insectary
      Ground
      Cover/
      Nitrogen
      Fixer
      Food/Medicine/
      Insectary
    • 12. Food/Medicine/Insectary
      Food/
      Aromatic
      Pest
      Confuser
      Ground
      Cover/
      Medicine/
      Fertilizer/
      Insectary/
      Beneficial
      Habitat
      Food/Insectary
      Food
    • 13. Larger-Scale Forest Garden Design
    • 14.
    • 15. Forest Garden Design Process
      Goals
      Assessment
      Design
      Reality Checking
      Implementation
      Evaluation
      Re-Envisioning….
    • 16. Or….just start planting!
    • 17. A Radical Idea: STEP INTO ACTION
      “You Have FullAuthorityto Improve Creation!” – Geoff Lawton
      …no matter how small
      your wheelbarrow!
    • 18. Humans are Keystone Species
      There’s a learning curve in all phases of design.
      There’s an unlearning curve in how we relate to our habitat – cultural views of people and nature as separate.
      As permaculture designers, we are building relationship with our role as ecosystem managers.
    • 19. Forest Gardening Resources
    • 20. References on Ecology and Reading the Landscape
      Reading the Forested Landscape – Tom Wessels
      Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to your region
      Peterson’s Field Guide: Ecology (Eastern or Western)
      Northern Woodlands magazine
      Local old-timers: farmers, foresters, maple tappers, herbalists, hunters…
    • 21. References on Indigenous Land Use
      Tending the Wild – M. Kat Anderson
      1491 – Charles Mann
      Changes in the Land – William Cronon
      Enduring Seeds – Gary Paul Nabhan
      The Voice of the Dawn – Frederick Matthew Wiseman
      …and ultimately, the elders themselves.

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