Edible Ecosystems Dayschool with Shift Bristol

Permaculture magazine
Thursday, 16th March 2017

A fun and inspiring day of edible ecosystem workshops. Learn about forest gardening and urban food growing from a range of speakers and projects.

An inspiring and informative day of workshops on edible ecosystems, facilitated by the Permaculture Association, in partnership with Permanent Publications and Shift Bristol. The three speakers are Tomas Remiarz, Sarah Pugh and Niels Corfield.

Expect to take away a healthy knowledge of forest gardening, urban food production and edible ecosystems and landscapes of different scales to be built on, as well as information on a plethora of projects to visit and learn from.

Tomas Remiarz will be talking about his 20 years of involvement in creating and maintaining forest gardens across the UK and Europe. Tomas will be launching his book, Forest Gardening in Practice: An Illustrated Practical Guide for Homes, Communities and Enterprises, released by Permanent Publications in March 2017. Copies of the book will be on sale on the day.

Tomas’ talk will explore how forest gardens link to an updated idea of urban commons that could help us make healthy seasonal food more accessible to households and communities. Through creating edible ecosystems where food is accessible to all, several core skills of food sovereignty – ecology, horticulture, systems thinking and cooperation – become embedded in the landscape.

Sarah Pugh will talk and facilitate discussion about the potential for Permaculture to create both community cohesion and systems that make full use of urban land and resources, from food production to education, social inclusion and local economy. Co-founder of Shift Bristol and the Bristol Permaculture Group, Sarah’s work in Bristol spans nearly 20 years.

Niels Corfield is the director of Edible Cities, a successful urban design consultancy, education and nursery business. Creating productive and ecological low maintenance edible landscapes since 2008. Niels runs long courses in Bristol and works on projects across the country. His session will cover the design skills and knowledge to transform your garden or green space into an abundant, edible landscape, that’s full of food, friendly to wildlife, looks good and needs little maintenance.

Friday 19th May 10am – 5pm at St Werburghs Community Centre  Book your place here.

Followed by a hosted screening of the hit permaculture film Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective, from 7.30pm, with film director, Costa Boutsikaris

Tickets available on March 1st via The Permaculture Association. Prices from £25 for the day. Evening film screening from £5.

Useful links

Listen to: The largest review of temperate forest gardens

Planting naturalistic polycultures

Watch: How to set up an urban permaculture garden