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Springtime Hands-on Permaculture Learning in the Forest Farm

April 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - April 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

1335 N. Main St., Marshall, NC
Friday, April 21, 9-5:00
$45 individual, $70 for 2 participants
Saturday, April 22, 10-1:00
$20 individual, $30 for 2 participants
(Some limited work exchange options available Contact Zev Friedman to register, [email protected]

Come on out to learn lots of information and connect with other like-minded people while getting your hands into edible forest gardening techniques that can be used on your property or project. The first day will start with a 3.5 hour intensive presentation chock full of concepts, information, pictures and examples of permaculture forest agriculture techniques. Followed by discussion and question time to help you begin envisioning how you might apply these ideas in your environment. After a potluck lunch, we’ll spend the remainder of the day implementing the next layer of elements in the Forest Farm integrated permaculture system.

Activities will include:
1. Peeling tulip poplar bark for fiber, and inoculating oyster mushroom logs.
2. Establishing multiple function nursery beds for low-cost tree and shrub propagation.
3. Making brush-on-contour rows for erosion prevention, carbon fixation, and brush disposal.
4. Propagating elderberry, willow and sochan plants (you can take some home).
5. Planting mulberries and discussing mulberry propagation and grafting techniques.

The second day will be entirely focused on making and using charcoal in permaculture systems. We’ll utilize a low-tech method for making charcoal from woody plant waste in the Library landscape. We’ll talk about various ways that charcoal can be used for multiple functions in integrated farming and land use systems. Including capturing nutrients from animal manures while reducing smell; as a component in potting and seed-starting soil mixes; in cover-cropping cycles; and as biochar to be used in improving productivity and drought tolerance of annual crop soils while also sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into the soil.

Hope you will join us and discover the benefits of permaculture systems in forest farming.

Contact Zev Friedman to register: [email protected]


April 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am
April 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Madison County Public Library
1335 N. Main St.
Marshall, NC 28753 United States