Forest Gardening Correspondence Course
“The ultimate goal of forest gardening is not only crops, but also the cultivation and perfection of new ways of seeing, thinking, and acting in the world.”
~Dave Jacke, Edible Forest Gardens
Imagine a forest where every tree is dripping with fresh fruits and ripening nuts. Every shrub is packed with delicious berries, and every other plant is a medicinal herb, culinary spice, or beautiful edible flower. Tubers and root crops are large underfoot, gourmet mushroom logs sprout in the shade, and hardy kiwi vines climb back up through the layers of this multifunctional forest of food. Learn how to design, establish, and maintain such Edible Forest Garden Sanctuary.
This is not your ordinary home-study course. This correspondence form of education provides a comprehensive introduction and practical application of Forest Gardening, allowing students to apply the principles in every aspect of their lives. Learn to design and manage a complete Food Forest Garden System.”
What is Forest Gardening?
Forest Gardening might best be defined as a way of life, and its methods can be applied in your garden and the wider community. This course provides practical solutions to create a more enduring and harmonious living. Learn how to design a lifestyle that is low in environmental impact consciously but at the same time highly productive.
A solid foundation for designing edible forest gardens. Upon completion, you can draw food forest design plans and advise others as a forest garden consultant. As with any course at any institute, you need to be realistic and understand that over 100 hours of study, you can only learn so much. You are becoming an excellent forest garden consultant will require ongoing research and informal learning as you move on after this foundation course.
Some graduates do nothing more than this one course. Following these foundation studies, set up a forest garden consulting or educator business that grows and develops from that humble beginning. Others pursue further studies to broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills before launching a career.
Forest garden designers and educators may be self-employed or work within another business (e.g. a plant nursery or landscape business). Many do this as a sideline to another job, but some have successfully built forest gardening into a full-time vocation.