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Edible Forest Gardening: Living Sustainably in the City

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Edible Forest Gardening: Living Sustainably in the City

Time: November 2, 2014 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: New Haven Friends Meeting House
Street: 225 East Grand Avenue
City/Town: New Haven
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Event Type: presentation
Organized By: Kim Stoner
Latest Activity: Oct 28, 2014

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Jonathan Bates, owner of Food Forest Farm, and contributing author of, "Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City", will show you how he transformed a blighted urban yard into an edible paradise. By using permaculture design he's created both beauty and abundance, meeting human needs while improving ecosystem health.


Extending the Season: Backyard Bioshelters for Fruit, Fish and Fun


Forget the cold. Learn how to bring the sub-tropics to New England!  Jonathan will share his story of building a bioshelter that produce year-round food incorporating whole ecologies into the design. Well-insulated from the cold, he grows plants like tree collards, figs and citrus. Water supports thriving aquaponics systems with fish, clams, aquatic plants and vegetables. Hardy greens sweeten up during the winter months for delicious March salads. All inside a building made with recycled materials, and powered by the sun.

Jonathan's Bio

Jonathan has been learning, thinking and teaching ecologically for two decades. He’s co-created dozens of thriving farms and gardens in the CT River Valley. He co-founded and is a board member of the Apios Institute, a teacher at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and is a farmer with Nuestras Raices, Inc. Additionally he is a co-founder, and instructor with Permaculture FEAST. Jonathan loves sharing his passion for life with friends and family, and working with folks to better the world we live in.


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Both workshops are free and open to all, thanks to funding from the New Haven Green Fund

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