Specialist permaculture courses on forest gardening.

Winter Pruning

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Suitable for beginner and more experienced learners. A practical day of guidance in safely pruning top fruit trees and soft fruit bushes for maximum healthy productivity in following years. This session is deliberately held ahead of when most people will be conducting winter pruning.

Dates: 
23 November 2013
More dates and times information: 
10.30 for 11 through to 4pm
Teachers
Graham Bell
Apprentice Teachers
yes
Cost: 
£25-70 based on ability to pay, see website
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Restorative Pruning

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An introduction to pruning for beginners and a follow-up for more experienced folks on the specifics of bringing older top fruit tress back into healthy production.

Dates: 
9 February 2013
More dates and times information: 
10.30 for 11-4
Teachers
Graham Bell
Apprentice Teachers
yes
Cost: 
£25-70 based on ability to pay, see website
Contact Details: 
Contact name: 
Graham Bell
Telephone number: 
01890 88 2448

Introduction to Edible Forest Gardening

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This day is an introduction to Forest Gardening and will look at the principles, design and plants that go in to creating a productive woodland. We will spend time in the 9 year old Forest Garden at Old Sleningford Farm.
If you are looking for a more advanced course and one in which you can work on your own design, please look at the 5 day course we are running at the farm on 8th to 12th July.

Dates: 
7 September 2013
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9.30am to 4pm
Teachers
Rachel Benson
Cost: 
£45 includes lunch
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Introduction to Edible Forest Gardening

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This day will introduce you to the principles of forest gardening and show you how to implement designs into your space, be it a small back garden or a large field. Time will be spent in our 9 year old Forest Garden and will include information on useful plants.
If you are looking fora more in-depth Forest Garden course where you can get help and advice on your own design, take a look at the 5 day Forest Garden course we are running at the farm on 8th to 12th July.

Dates: 
18 May 2013
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9.30am to 4pm
Teachers
Rachel Benson
Cost: 
£45 includes lunch
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Food Growing, Permaculture Gardening & Forest Gardening

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For anyone with or without, prior knowledge of Permaculture.

This weekend will cover a wide variety of subjects areas and activities that will enable you to design and set up your permaculture garden, forest garden or simply to start to grow your own food. It will cover how to use zoning and other tools in the process of designing your garden or site, whether it’s at home, at school, or at work. The weekend will include various practical sessions from simple surveying and drawing methods, to practical woodland management and gardening skills. It will also cover other subjects such as community food projects, aquaculture systems and design for dry climates. For those who are staying at Rippledown for the whole weekend, there will be extra discussions, videos or other activities in the evenings, adding to the enjoyment and enriching experience the core course material provides.

For anyone who has already completed a PDC this weekend will help review your knowledge in these important areas as well as adding additional depth through both the experience of the tutors and the range of exercises that will be included.

Dates: 
12 April 2013 to 14 April 2013
Teachers
Jo Barker, Steve Charter
Cost: 
£175 including lunch or £200 residential including all meals
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Forest Gardening in 5 days

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Forest gardens are everybody's favourite idea of low-input, high-output growing. This 5-day course will give you a good understanding of the theory and practice of this approach. It will show you how to plan, plant and maintain a forest garden garden. You will get a chance to delve into the ecological basics that make good forest gardens so successful, try your hand at practical maintenance work in Old Slenningford's well-established and super-productive garden and get help in designing your own forest garden if you wish to do so!
Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Tutors:
Tomas Remiarz has worked with forest gardens for 15 years and is involved in permaculture trials of vegetable and perennial polycultures.
Rachel Benson has been running the forest garden at Old Slenningford since 2004.

Dates: 
8 July 2013 to 12 July 2013
More dates and times information: 
Arrival from Monday 8th 11am, start 2pm Finish Friday 12th lunchtime
Teachers
Tomas Remiarz, Rachel Benson
Apprentice Teachers
yes
Cost: 
£300
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Permaculture Weekend – Food Growing & Forest Gardening

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If you have attended a permaculture introductory course in the past and want to extend your knowledge or for those studying for their Permaculture Diploma, this weekend will cover a wide variety of subjects areas and activities that will enable you to design and set up your permaculture garden, forest garden or eco-garden. It will cover how to use zoning and other tools in the process of designing your garden or site, whether it’s at home, at school, or at work. The weekend will include various practical sessions from simple surveying and drawing methods, to practical woodland management and gardening skills. It will also cover other subjects such as aquaculture systems, community food projects and design for dry climates. For those who are staying at Rippledown for the whole weekend, there will be extra discussions, videos or other activities in the evenings, adding to the enjoyment and enriching experience the core course material provides.

Dates: 
12 April 2013 to 14 April 2013
Teachers
Steve Charter & Jo Barker
Cost: 
Residential £175 / Non-residential £135 Meals and refreshmen
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Permaculture Growing Intensive - Theory & practice of permanent agriculture systems

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Permaculture is all about growing things together. But how can we create and maintain such mixed plantings? From annual vegetables and herbs to forest gardens and agroforestry, this course will give you the theory and practice of polycultures.

Most theory sessions will be held in the "Raven" community building. For practice and design sessions we will use a young forest garden, a mixed vegetable plot, an experimental 1 acre field, and the ecovillage Friland. The course is taught in English, and all plant names will be provided in Latin, English, Danish, and German.

Tutors

Tomas Remiarz lives in England and has worked with forest gardens for 15 years and is involved in permaculture trials of vegetable and perennial polycultures.

Tycho Holcomb has more than 10 years’ experience with self-sufficiency gardening, wild plant foraging, and has a special interest in perennial vegetables and forest gardens.

Karoline Nolsø Aaen has years of hands-on experience with gardening and a sustainable lifestyle

Dates: 
21 June 2013 to 27 June 2013
Teachers
Tomas Remiarz, Karoline Nolso Aaen, Tycho Holberg
Cost: 
4200 kr (Euros 550) (£480)
Address: 
as above
Contact name: 
Karoline Nolso Aaen

Forest Gardening Advanced Design, Sweden. INTEGRALPERMANENCE.ORG

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Forest Gardening represents the most sustainable form of food production through utilizing perennial crops on multiple layers. Not only does this allow us to stack crops vertically on any given site, by applying forest ecology principles we can also achieve the resilience, abundance and diversity of natural forest systems. Annual agriculture is today an incredibly unsustainable pursuit; industrial, fossil fuel and capital intensive monocultures than use up to 10 times the calories produced in their creation. Ironic as nature is powered on sunlight. We study forest ecology alongside soil development and all other aspects of related topics to allow us to design in complex plant matrixes that will function well beyond our own lifetimes. This exciting and emerging study will yield rich insights into the past as well as future forms of localized, perennial, decentralized human scale production.

What can I expect from the course?
This course is a mixture of theory, design and hands on practical’s. The site is being developed as an extensive forest garden and dedicated perennial forest garden nursery for Scandinavia. We will have plenty of opportunity to go through all aspects of planning, developing and maintaining a forest garden. Fast paced and intensive yet dynamic and sense engaging, this course will leave participants confident inspecies choice, guild selection, patch design, propagation and maintenance of their site, as well as all manner of resources for further study.

Topics covered will include;
• Composts, Compost Teas
• Biofertilisers
• Soil Development
• Ground Preparation
• Mulch Systems
• Design process
• Species Selection
• Agroforestry
• Timber Processing
• Planting Database
• Seed/ Plant Sources
• Windbreak Design
• Fencing
• Integrating Animals
• Fungi & Mushrooms
• Innoculants
• Siting
• Nursery Stock
• Propagation & Grafting

Dates: 
27 April 2013 to 1 May 2013
Teachers
Richard Perkins, Integralpermanence
Cost: 
Eur320.00 all inc