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Fundamentals of Food Forestry – Online Course

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A food forest is a diverse planting of edible and useful perennials that mimic patterns and relationships.

This course will take you through the successional process of designing your own food forest. Learn more about this valuable learning experience below or secure your place today via the button.

You will leave the course with the fundamentals of food forestry, a food forest design, as well as a guide for how to implement it.

Online course | 18 hours

Small class sizes to facilitate discussion. All experience levels welcome.

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Every Friday | 6 weeks

12 JAN – 19 FEB 2024

6PM – 9PM

Includes resources and videos to continue your education throughout the week

The complete 18 hour course, plus additional videos and resources is only $300 AU +GST

Food forests are considered to have from three to seven layers, with a canopy of tall nut or fruit trees, several layers of smaller trees and shrubs, and an understory of beneficial ground covers. These multi-layered spaces allow you to fit a wide range of annual and perennials in a small area. Creating symbiotic relationships between elements produces a high yield of food and resources over the long term with minimal inputs. 

Course Overview: 

WEEK 1: 

  • The Fundamentals of Food Forestry 
  • Assessment of landscape through a permaculture lens 
  • Food forest visioning & goal setting 

WEEK 2: 

  • Mapping of the site 
  • Water flow, soil preparation and potential earthworks 
  • Site succession 

WEEK 3: 

  • The canopy layers: Nut, timber, fruit trees & animals 
  • Planting patterns, succession planning 

WEEK 4: 

  • The middle layers: Small trees, shrubs, vines 
  • Soil builders & nitrogen fixers 

WEEK 5: 

  • The Ground Layers: Herbaceous perennials, herbs, pollinator plants. 
  • Interplanting annuals 
  • Integrating small animals 

WEEK 6: 

  • Design presentations & feedback 
  • Breaking down your design into implementation phases 
  • Resources for continued learning 

Food Forests: A story of regeneration and resilience

Food forests perform many ecological functions. They are considered one of the most regenerative and resilient production systems for a changing world. 

This course will take you through the successional process of designing your own food forest. Each week, we will have three hours of learning and resources and videos to continue our education throughout the week. The class is limited to engage in group discussions and receiving support on your individual designs. People of all levels of experience are welcome. It is suggested that you have a few additional hours each week to work on your own design and some homework to get the most out of the course.