Workshop Series ‘Create an Urban Food Forest’ Begins January 12

The Coalition will hold several workshops at the home of Dulanie and Douglas La Barre in the principles and practices of creating a “food forest”.
The workshops are open to the public and will cover:
#1 site assessment, garden design intro, and intensive fruit tree orchards
#2 garden design and high-yield vegetable gardening
#3 chickens and coop building
#4 pond construction and aquaculture
#5 fire pit Kiva and bamboo pavilion construction
Workshops are by reservation only:
— $30 OVGC supporting members
— $35 non-members.

Workshops include vegetarian lunch, handouts and seeds.
You will receive a confirmation email with complete details and logistics upon receipt of payment.
To pay by check please call Deborah at (805) 669-8445.

Urban Food Forest Payment Options
Supporting Member $30.00 USD
Non-member $35.00 USD


Workshop #1: Site Assessment & Design
Led by Permaculturist, Devin Slavin, and members of the Master Gardeners Edible Landscaping program. Workshop will include site assessment, garden design, and intensive fruit tree orchard planting.
Saturday, January 12
9:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

9:30-10:15
Welcome – Dulanie & Doug La Barre
Introduction to Food Forests – Devin Slavin
10:15-11:00
Property site assessment using lists of criteria & desires
What resources & infrastructure are in place? What challenges are there?
11:00-12:00
Master Gardeners presentation on edible landscaping with handouts and worksheets for home use.
12:00-1:00
Vegetarian lunch.
Garden food forest discussion with feedback from Devin and Master Gardeners.
1:00-2:30
Home orchards – how to assess location, planting and pruning of fruit trees
Help plant a few additions to the La Barre’s developing fruit tree orchard using Espalier and combined-hole multiple planting techniques.
2:30-3:00
Wrap-up and last questions.
Coming February or March
Workshop: #2: Planting by Design
The art of raised beds, netting or fencing alternatives, companion planting, natural pest barriers and old-time wisdom.

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