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OEFFA Announces Summer “Gardening Like the Forest” Workshop Series

Award-Winning Writer and Instructor Dave Jacke to Lead Workshops

Columbus, OH—This summer, the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) is pleased to be offering a series of permaculture workshops with instructor Dave Jacke, the author of the award winning two-volume book, Edible Forest Gardens.
“This workshop series offers something for everybody. From short introductory lectures to a weeklong immersion course, this series is a great opportunity to learn directly from Dave, who has a rare gift for teaching permaculture concepts in a manner that engages the audience experientially,” said OEFFA’s Special Projects Coordinator Laura Wies.
Jacke has studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own design firm, Dynamics Ecological Design, since 1984. He has designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities throughout the United States. Jacke will be joined by assistant instructors Jessica Bilecki, Kurt Belser, and Sam Dunlap who pour permaculture passion into their respective corners of Ohio through practice and teaching.
The series consists of nine workshops and lectures, which will be held in or near Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Yellow Springs. A complete description of the series follows.

Space is limited for some of the sessions, so people are encouraged to register early to guarantee themselves a spot. To register for any of the events that require pre-registration, send a check (along with your name, address, phone number, and email) to OEFFA Forest Garden, 41 Croswell Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43214.
For more information, go to http://www.oeffa.org/forest.php or contact Laura Wies at (614) 421-2022 or laura@oeffa.org.
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The Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers, gardeners, and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system. For more information, go to www.oeffa.org.

 

OEFFA’s “Gardening Like the Forest” Workshop Series

Public Evening Talks: “Home-Scale Ecological Production”
Friday, July 23—7-9 p.m.
The Intergenerational School
12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland, Ohio
Friday, July 30—7-9 p.m.
Clinton Heights Church
15 Clinton Heights Ave., Columbus, Ohio
Friday, August 6—7-9 p.m.
Civic Garden Center
2715 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
Monday, August 9—7:30-9 p.m.
Glen Helen Building
405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, Ohio
Healthy forests maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves, naturally. Wouldn’t you like to grow an abundant food-producing ecosystem like this in your back yard? You can! Edible forest gardens mimic the structure and function of natural forests, growing food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, and “farmaceuticals.” We can meet our own needs and regenerate healthy ecosystems at the same time! This public lecture introduces the concept of forest gardening, its scientific background, living examples, and some useful perennial edibles you can use in your own garden.
Cost: Free, $10 donation appreciated for those who can afford it. No preregistration necessary.

Public Evening Talk: “Soil Ecology and Self-Renewing Fertility”
Wednesday, August 11—7:30-9 p.m.
Glen Helen Building
405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, Ohio
Soil ecosystems evolve from interactions between physical, chemical, geological, biological, and ecological forces. This talk examines the soil ecosystem with an eye toward creating intergenerational soil health and self-renewing fertility, the way natural forest ecosystems do. This systems perspective offers practical solutions useful to farmers, gardeners, landscapers, and restorationists for site assessment, site preparation, plant selection, planting techniques, and ecosystem management.
Cost: Free, $10 donation appreciated for those who can afford it. No preregistration necessary.

Two Day Workshops: “Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening”
Saturday July 24-Sunday, July 25—8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Intergenerational School
12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland, Ohio
Saturday, July 31-Sunday, August 1—8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, Ohio
Ecosystem agriculture mimics the structure and function of natural ecosystems in food-producing ecologies. This workshop explores the vision, theory, design, and practice of ecosystem agriculture using the temperate deciduous forest as the model. Lectures, field observations, and experiential classes will help participants develop practical design principles, practices, patterns, and processes for garden design and management.
Cost: $175-$225 (sliding scale). Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration required. Space is limited.

One Day Workshop: “Urban Ecological Food Production”
Saturday, August 7—8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Civic Garden Center
2715 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
How can we mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems while producing food in city environments? This workshop explores the vision, theory, design, and practice of urban ecosystem agriculture. We will focus on design scenarios of particular interest to city gardeners using a combination of lectures and experiential exercises.
Cost: $100-$125 (sliding scale). Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration required. Space is limited.

Weeklong Design Immersion: “Forest Garden Design Intensive”
Monday, August 9-Sunday, August 15
Andelain Fields
Springfield, Ohio
Dive deeply into the vision, theory, design, and practice of creating edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forest ecosystems as models. This weeklong emersion course offers lectures, site walks, and experiential exercises to help you understand the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional processes of natural forests. You’ll also learn a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of food-producing ecologies at our host farm near Yellow Springs.
Cost: $700-$1000 (sliding scale). Base fee includes space for onsite camping, lunches, and breakfast items. For low cost offsite accommodations please contact us. Pre-registration required. Space is limited.