Edible Forest Garden Course: Designing Perennial Polycultures

June 10 & 11, 2017

Where: Perth, ON

Are you interested in:

  • Creating gardens that provide food and medicine year after year, while taking care of the water, soil, plants and animals?
  • Gardening in a way that requires less work over time, and that works in harmony with Mother Earth?
  • An engaging learning experience and practical knowledge to apply to the land you tend?


You might be wondering about:

edible forest garden harvest, fruits and medicine

What will I learn?

  • how to mimic nature in an edible forest garden
  • how to choose the plants based on your eating and work preferences
  • how to design a polyculture/guild and an edible forest garden
  • how to make a clear and inspiring plan on paper
  • how to prepare a site, plant the plants and care for the garden
  • what to consider in different situations: home, community and commercial gardens 



  • basic design principles
  • layers and functions of a polyculture or guild
  • common and interesting useful plants for cold climates (zone 4-5)
  • sourcing and choosing plants
  • site preparation, planting and maintenance
  • considerations for different scales: home, community and commercial
  • exercises to design a polyculture, a home-scale garden and a larger garden
  • tips for simple, clear and more inspiring top view plans/drawings - with Sundaura Alford, Certified Landscape Designer Architectural Technician 


Registration Info:

Course Fee: $180, includes HST.  Does NOT include meals or accommodations.  

Package Fee: Sign up for both the Introduction and Edible Forest Garden courses and receive $20 off.

Winter Special: Register before December 31, 2016 and pay $160, includes HST.  Does NOT include meals or accommodations.

Download the registration form for more details.

For more info: bonita@livinghearth.net

perennial polyculture around a plum tree


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