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Forest Garden Design Workshop

Forest Garden Design Workshop

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  • Sat 8 Oct ’16, 9:00am


Koanga Institute, 96 Kotare Rd, Wairoa


All Ages

Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th October, 2016

A forest garden is an orchard that has been designed to provide for it’s own needs in the image of all natural forest systems. The trees we think of as fruit trees are mostly heavy croppers and heavy feeders. These trees need a lot of support to do well over the long haul, or even at all. We can either pour on fertilizer and sprays etc or can design the system to provide for it’s own needs. In this case there are some patterns, or 'laws of nature' we must follow if we want our design out to actually work. This workshop will instill in you the patterns and ho two apply them through practice of the design process in a real situation.

By the end of this workshop you'll understand how natural forest's have all the nutrient maintenance and the needs of the trees designed and built into the system. You will be ready to go home and use these understandings and information to design your own forest garden in the image of a natural forest.

You will walk and talk in real developing forest gardens designed and planted using these principles, and get a feel for what that looks like.

In this workshop you'll learn the basic theory for:

- Being able to define a forest garden as opposed to an orchard
- Special nature of Koanga focus of a forest garden
- Understanding of the principles, patterns or ‘ laws of nature’ governing natural forests.. the keys to forest garden design
- Knowing where to find the information you will need to design your own forest gardens
- Understanding a process of designing a forest garden
- An understanding of the various ways of beginning the process of actually putting that design on the ground
- How to provide nutrient dense fruit, nuts, berries, edible leaves, chicken food, firewood, bio-char, weaving and medicinal materials etc from within your forest garden

In this workshop you'll do the practical exercise of designing a small forest garden:

- Following our ‘Koanga Design Your Own Forest Garden’ process, for maximum food security, nutritional resilience and ecological regeneration.
- This workshop is about leading the design process based on the principles so that you can take the process and apply it anywhere. You will learn how to use these design principles through this exercise.

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