2018 Classes

Food Forestry 101

“Layers of a Food Forest” By Teague Cullen

Dream of harvesting from a flourishing edible landscape?

Learn how to get started growing  your food forest.

Beneath a grove of wise old walnut trees, we’ll study the components of an edible ecosystem

Through the lens of permaculture, we’ll discuss the following:

-What is food forestry?

-The history of food forestry around the world

-What is the difference between organic farming and food forestry? 

-Permaculture tools for edible landscape design

-How to plan, design, install, and maintain a food forest system

-How to envision an ecological succession plan for your edible ecosystem 

-How to obtain a yield from year one, even while you wait for some of the long-term perennials, such as fruit trees, to mature.

Plus we’ll conclude the class with a tour of Winslow Food Forest to see living examples of plant guilds and food forestry principles. 

You’ll leave the class with a firm grasp on the basics of food forestry and the toolkit you’ll need to get started growing a food forest of your own.

Class Sessions

Thursday May 31 4:30pm to 7:00pm  Eventbrite - Food Forestry 101

Saturday June 30 12:00pm to 2:30pm  Eventbrite - Food Forestry 101

Sunday July 22 30 9:00am to 11:30pm  Eventbrite - Food Forestry 101

A young food forester helps out Teague with some additional illustrations!

Additional Information

Class size is limited to 15 students.

Every class will begin with a potluck. Please bring a dish or snack to share. 

Partial and full scholarships available for people who need them. 

Limited work/trades available.

Why Food Forestry?

“Though every food forest is different, there are certain parts and patterns that are found within all of them. These are based on observations of relationships found within natural woodland and forest systems. For starters, most woodland habitats have some of the following structures that function at different levels: a canopy formed by large trees, a small tree to large shrub layer, a small shrub layer, an herbaceous layer, a layer of very low-growing ground cover plants and often some kind of vertically climbing plants. These plants not only grow at different levels above ground, but also have roots that reach different depths and therefore, not only minimize competition but help nourish each other.There are many potential plant combinations that could be used to create a food forest.”

More Benefits of Food Forestry



Our Qualifications

We have over 20 years combined gardening experience with 6 years professional experience designing, establishing, and producing FOOD from whole system food forests. We were certified in 2013 as Permaculture Design Consultants by the esteemed Toby Hemenway, author of the essential permaculture book Gaia’s Garden. It was this book that first turned us on to this old yet forgotten way of growing food through careful observation of patterns, and through cherishing our planet and regenerating our earth. 

Mel, Teague + baby Uly at Winslow Food Forest, Photo from Willamette Week’s “Best of Portland 2017”

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