ACORN Conference Program

All Workshops

Introduction to Permaculture and Farm Ecosystem Services

Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

This two-part workshop will cover key concepts from Zach’s book The Permaculture Market Garden. The first part, Introduction to Permaculture and Farm Ecosystem Services, will start with a crash course in natural science, then build an understanding of ecosystem services, and proceed to techniques for mapping and designing your farm to fit within a property’s environmental reality. The second part of this workshop, Whole Farm Mapping and Holistic Planning, continues with holistic planning to balance your business and delves into routine improvement of your soil through brown brain Investment.

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Whole Farm Mapping and Holistic Planning

Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   

This two-part workshop will cover key concepts from Zach’s book The Permaculture Market Garden. The first part, Introduction to Permaculture and Farm Ecosystem Services, will start with a crash course in natural science, then build an understanding of ecosystem services, and proceed to techniques for mapping and designing your farm to fit within a property’s environmental reality. The second part of this workshop, Whole Farm Mapping and Holistic Planning, continues with holistic planning to balance your business and delves into routine improvement of your soil through brown brain Investment.

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Perennial Edibles for a Food Forest Garden

Tuesday, November 28, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM   

This workshop will cover perennial edibles available in the Maritimes including nuts, berries, roots, and herbs. Estelle will draw on her experience planting and maintaining these perennials on her homestead and will include information on propagation requirements, harvesting needs, and edible and medicinal uses. Estelle will also cover the design principles needed to grow an ecologically diverse and resilient perennial landscape, using her experience designing and implementing a Food Forest Garden in Sackville, N.B. By focusing on the seven layers of a forest – canopy trees, small trees, shrubs, understory herbs, ground covers, roots, and climbers – you can grow an edible landscape that works with nature and reduces maintenance and input needs.

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