Choosing and Transforming Your Garden Landscape:
Creating your Own Garden of Eden
Join us at Ironwood Farm for a day-long workshop about finding and creating your own Garden of Eden. Whether you are a backyard gardener or a would-be market gardener, if you own a suburban lot or are planning for a rural homestead, learn the basics of site assessment and how ecological design can transform the ordinary into a productive, beautiful and resilient landscape.
The unique setting and microclimate of Ironwood Farm will provide the backdrop for discussions and hands-on activities about creating a sustainable homestead in a rapidly changing world. Topics covered are:
- Considerations around micro-climate
- The importance of knowing your soil type
- Options for water supply and drainage
- How exposure to wind and light affect your property
- Choosing trees and plants to shape your garden
Who is this workshop for? Beginning or novice gardeners, those buying or owning a suburban property or rural homestead, permaculture enthusiasts. Anyone with an interest in sustainable food production and enhancing the beauty of the natural landscape will enjoy this day.
What will you do? Explore the farm, evaluate the site, absorb some theory and get your hands dirty handling soil and plants. This is a ‘boots on’ event! You will also curb your hunger with food from the Flying Apron Inn and Cookery located just down the road.
What should you bring? Sun hat, work gloves, work/rubber boots, warm clothing and rain gear just in case.
What will you learn? Landscape assessment skills for choosing your own farmstead. Based on an existing array of field and greenhouse vegetables, nitrogen-fixing trees, fruit trees, berry bushes, nut trees and ornamental plants you will receive the grounding needed to establish, nurture and maintain your own Garden of Eden.
What will it cost? $75 per person; $120 per couple. Includes snack and lunch