Gardening Like the Forest: Designing the Ecological Garden

Sat May 16 to Sun May 17, 2020, London, ON

Envision living in an intentional, resilient, forage-able ecosystem in your own yard and it grows your food and medicine! Imagine meeting your own needs while regenerating healthy ecosystems at the same time. Forest gardens mimic the structures and functions of natural forests while growing food, fuel, fibre, fodder, fertilizers, farmaceuticals, and fun.

Ecosystem cultivation endeavours to mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems in food and medicine producing ecologies. The most practical level, this requires designing guilds of plants, often in the form of polycultures. Successful polycultures combine useful plants in ways that reduce competition, create additive yields, and decrease the gardener’s work and outside inputs (e.g., water, fertilizer). Polyculture design is the most interesting and challenging part of the garden design process. Each day will build off the next, this training explores the detailed ecological theories and practical design processes behind polyculture design through exercises and processes. Participants will observe, evaluate, and redesign perennial polycultures at The Living Centre.

Facilitator: Shantree Kacera, R.H., D.N., Ph.D.


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Contact Name: Shantree Kacera
Phone: 5196520230
E-mail: info (at)


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