Back to All Events

Food Forests, Plant Guilds and Polycultures

  • private location RSVP for address Berkeley, CA United States (map)

Food Forests, Plant Guilds and Polycultures
with Giancarlo Muscardini
presented by the Institute of Urban Homesteading
Saturday, April 11, 2:00-5:00PM
RSVP for address in Berkeley
sliding scale $35-$70

Perennial Food Forests are a much beloved element of permaculture design, yet most food forest experimentation has been done in the tropics, where plants grow lushly year round. Come learn the ins and outs of temperate food forests and see how the DaTerra family food forest is weathering the drought. After a tour of the property we’ll learn the theory and practice of assembling perennial plant guilds, the different roles that each plant play within them and how to assemble several guilds into a functioning food forest. We'll hear about experiments in tropical regions and how to take those ideas and apply them in our own climate including tips for maintenance and pitfalls to avoid. Then we'll get hands-on practice assembling a guild. As a bonus we’ll touch on polycultures, which utilize some of the same principles in the annual vegetable garden.

Earlier Event: April 11
Big Truck Bonanza