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      Forest Farming at the 2019 Harvest Conference (Organic Growers School) in Asheville

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      September 6, 2019

      Friday   9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (daily for 1 times)

      701 Warren Wilson Rd
      Asheville, North Carolina 28805

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      Forest Farming at the 2019 Harvest Conference (Organic Growers School)

      Do you dream of a diverse and beautiful farm or yard filled with food-bearing plants?

      Instead of fighting a landscape that quickly returns back to its natural forested state, learn to use tree crops and land practices that enhance productivity, beauty, and usefulness. Forest farming or ‘agroforestry’ is the art and science of putting plants together in ways that forge mutually beneficial relationships and create vibrant and resilient ecosystems.

      As you prioritize these sustainable design systems, you’ll discover the extraordinary ecological and social implications such as: renewal and regeneration of soil, reduction of erosion, enhanced beauty and usefulness, sequestration of carbon, and mitigation of water issues. Each effect leads to climate resilience and further integration with natural designs.

      In these two full-day workshops, learn everything you need to know about working with trees on your land, no matter the scale.

      Friday 9/6: Agroforestry & Silvopasture

      For stewards of farms and fields, learn the key concepts of installing and maintaining beneficial trees using agroforestry techniques. Optimize and diversify your production and landscape with the addition of tree crops and animals to annual plantings. We’ll cover the following topics:

      Edible tree identification as well as pruning, training, and grafting
      Trees for fertilizer, forage and soil-building
      Compost tea and micro-nutrient creation & application in foliar sprays
      Managing livestock operations inside of orchards
      Large installations on a budget including wholesale prices on quality planting stock
      Hands-on agroforestry design (bring a GIS image of your to apply design techniques to your project!)
      Appropriate for market and commercial farmers and landscapers. Beginning farmers welcome.

      Saturday 9/7: Forest Gardening (9:30am to 4:30pm)
      Learn to encourage and benefit from the land’s natural tendency to grow trees specifically through the practice of planting and maintaining fruit and nut trees in your home landscape. We’ll focus on edible perennial plants with a small segment on annual gardening. We’ll cover:

      Theory & Practice including using trees for soil building
      Design elements including what to grow and how much
      How to prepare soil for annuals & perennials
      Planting on a budget
      Properly planting trees
      Transition spots and landscape fixtures for beauty
      Edible fruit and nut tree identification
      Pruning, training, and grafting
      Compost tea brewing & application
      Appropriate for gardeners, backyard growers, homesteaders, and landscapers.

      Garden Cabin
      Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

      How Much
      $75 = One day only (either Friday or Saturday)
      $125 = Both days (Friday & Saturday) of any two workshops at the Harvest Conference

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