Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC Byron Community College

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Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC

Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Learn how to design, establish and care for your own diverse, tree based food production system in a low maintenance fashion that works with natures fundamental processes of land and soil repair. Discover a huge array of fruit and nut trees from around the world that thrive in our warm, subtropical climate including indigenous bush foods. The first part of this day will be in the classroom, followed by a sessions at The Farm in the afternoon for some hands on learning.

Topics covered include:

  • Characteristics and Functions of Trees
  • Ecological Succession – a template for earth repair
  • Plant Stacking/Guilds
  • Regenerative (Agri)Culture
  • Pruning
  • HugelKultur
  • Design Concepts – Windbreaks/Shelterbelts/Suntraps/Wildlife Coridoors/Microclimate Creation/Mitigation for Natural Disasters – Fire/Flood/Drought/Storms etc
  • Tree Planting/Mulching/fertilisation
  • Clones vs Seedling Trees

Permaculture Design Course

This course module is one of 14 which make up the internationally renowned Permaculture Design Course (PDC).

You are welcome to attend just this module to learn the skills outlined above (without doing the other modules), but if you wish to gain the Permaculture Design Certificate you must complete all modules within a 12 mth timeframe and satisfactorily complete an Individual Permaculture Design Project.

What to bring

  • Notepad and pen
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Plenty of water

What to wear

There will be hands on learning components in outdoor locations so please wear comfortable outdoor work clothes as needed, this includes

  • Sturdy covered shoes or boots
  • Appropriate long pants
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Gardening gloves
  • Wet weather gear if raining

Feedback from Past Students

“I loved this course! So informative & packed with relevent information for the region, as well as within a larger framework of how to regenerate the earth.” Heather Hillier

“Practical learning at Paradise One was incredible!” Vanessa Stewart

“Excellent information & hands on practical.” Kim Elliott

Important information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you. Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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We keep our class sizes small so that you get a better experience. Avoid disappointment, enrol early!

Course testimonials:

  • Very informative without getting over technical. The mix of whiteboard and site visit allowed greater comprehension and depth of understanding. Very interactive. Although not my intention to create a food forest, it adapted my mindset to open my strategy and planning plus hierarchy of a food forest is widely applicable. Well done.
  • Bunya is an absolutely great educator
  • Bunya has a great understanding and in-depth knowledge in this area was fantastic to learn from him, the afternoon session not in the classroom but out at the plot at the farm was absolutely brilliant and a great experience