Exploring Forest Gardens in Chile – Upcoming Courses

Greetings from Chile. Today we have some very exciting news. We will be teaching with our Collegues at the El Manzano Eco-School in the Bio-Bio region of Chile this April.

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Students survey the forest garden site

We previously worked with the team at El Manzano in 2012 when we delivered a 5 day design and implementation course. The course had over 40 students and was an amazing experience of collaborative design, Forest Garden Theory and implementation practice. Check out a profile of the design here and in the portfolio.

Students implementing irrigation canals alongside the pathways of the Forest Garden at El Manzano

Students implementing irrigation canals alongside the pathways of the Forest Garden at El Manzano

Almost three years on and the Forest Garden at El Manzano developing along its succession pathway. The fast growing pioneers that we planted have become well established trees. Fruit trees have been a little slower but have been developing. Given the sites sandy soil a few of the herbs and other ground covers lost the competition race with the grass but a few key “nursery” patches have been protected and cultivated and will provide us with the stock for our implementation this time around.

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Planted Forest Garden

This time around we will be teaching over two weekends and working at pushing the garden along its succession pathway. We will identify which plants worked best and propagate them. We will fill in the gaps and redefine the pathways depending on their frequency of use. Most fun of all we will work at expanding the forest and review how our guilds did.

IMG_5341If you happen to be in the area or know someone who is. Please come along. The first weekend will be a review and practice of principles and guild design and the second weekend will focus more heavily on project implementation and the design cycle.

Happy forest Gardening

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