Imagine a forest that provides an abundance of food, fiber, fuel and pharmacy while requiring a minimum of human intervention. The system works together in a multi-layered and resilient ecosystem. Learn how to design and create such a system for your own permanent or temporary dwellings. Hands on activities will include planting a forest garden, site visit to an established food forest, and sharing ideas in conviviality. To start off our weekend, a public film showing with the community of Bedford County, PA will take place in the barn on Friday evening at dusk.
GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP
- To understand basic concepts of edible forest gardens.
- To provide installation techniques & skills through hands-on practice.
- To inspire through existing designs & examples.
FRIDAY FILM: A Farm for the Future 7:30 pm (FREE & OPEN to the Public)
Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.
With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is.
Alarmed by the answers, she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future.
Darrell E. Frey of Three Sisters Permaculture Design, is a sustainable design consultant with a focus on sustainable community development. He is also co-owner and manager of Three Sisters Farm, a certified organic market garden farm with a large bioshelter (ecologically managed solar greenhouse). Mr. Frey’s background includes 22 years of commercial market gardening, 25 years teaching of sustainable design and consultation on sustainable systems application. Work experience and research includes ecological landscaping, organic farm design and management, sustainable energy systems, community food systems with an emphasis on diet and health, natural and green building, environmental education, GIS mapping and business planning.
Other work experience includes 18 years as an MR direct care worker, teaching gardening and landscaping to at-risk youth, managing farm interns and lecturing to groups of all ages. Mr. Frey has completed a BA in Sustainable Community Development at Prescott College April 3, 2006.
To register, click HERE. Please register by April 12, 2010 so that we can plan accordingly.
The cost for this workshop is a sliding scale fee of $150-$200 which includes lodging in an 1850’s rustic farmhouse, vegan/vegetarian cuisine, and instruction. Work trade is available and negotiable. Discounted fees are available for Bedford, Fulton, and Blair County residents of PA and Garrett County residents of MD.
Plan to arrive by 5:00 PM on Friday evening to share a meal with the other participants and to attend the film showing. We will be starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday and ending the workshop on Sunday by 3:00 PM.
For further questions, email us info(at)wildmeadowsfarm.com or call us at 814-839-4962.
Wild Meadows Farm ¦ 456 Smith Road ¦ Schellsburg, PA 15559
Edible Forest Gardens, Agroforestry Research Trust,
This workshop is a collaboration of Chesapeake, Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS), Threes Sisters Permaculture Design, and Wild Meadows Farm.