Mimicking natural ecosystems in our farms and gardens promises the regeneration of healthy ecological functions while meeting our food and other material needs. What forms the essence of this way of seeing, thinking, and horticultural practice? We’ll frame and review core concepts of ecosystem mimicry, explore some historical and recent examples, and take apart a system or two to see how they tick. Come ready to have your worldview challenged while having fun along the way.
This public introductory talk also serves as the opening of a two-day weekend workshop held at Fields Without Fences, providing concepts central to the observation and design experiences we’ll explore together Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the full, two day workshop, go to:
A student of ecology and design since the 1970s, Dave Jacke has run his own ecological design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. He is primary author of the two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens, fast becoming a classic in its field. An engaging, passionate and meticulous ecological designer and educator, Dave has designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Land Use Planning from Simon's Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984). He now homesteads an eagle’s flight from the Connecticut River in Montague, MA.
FIELDS WITHOUT FENCES
Partners Johann Rinkens & Lindsay Napolitano are the co-founders and operators of Fields Without Fences, an organic farm & regenerative design service based in Hunterdon County, NJ. Approaching cultivation from a restorative perspective, they have introduced diverse native flora back into the landscape, developed passive water retention systems, and implemented a productive successional reforestation of their small farm site. Together they are certified permaculture designers, farmers, foragers, herbalists, and deep ecology thinkers restoring health & integrity to our ecological landscapes.