Food Forestry for Your Backyard
July 2017
Dave Jacke

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Food Forestry for Your Backyard

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July 14, 2017 – July 16, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Dave Jacke
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Explore the ecological depths of your own backyard and your inner landscape while you learn to create a thriving ecosystem that feeds your body and spirit, nourishes the planet, and strengthens human and natural communities.

Permaculture pioneer Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens, draws out the fundamentals of ecological design as we engage with permaculture principles and practices and review case studies from around the world.

Together we’ll assess the Omega landscape and consider how to make the ecosystem healthier and more productive by designing a forest garden—a polyculture of multipurpose perennial plants that mimics natural forest ecosystems and also grows food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, and “farmaceuticals.”

Applying ecological design methods shows us how to embody a new cultural framework while teaching essential skills for renewing and regenerating ourselves, our regional ecosystems, and our communities back home.

Open to beginners as well as those with some experience, this workshop provides the basis for continued studies in permaculture.

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Enrollment is limited; register early. This workshop begins Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Scholarships are available; see Sustainable Living Workshops application at

Dave Jacke is also presenting Teaching Permaculture Creatively.


Please note this course begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. and has a special schedule:

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Workshop
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Dave Jacke

Dave Jacke, MA, has practiced ecological landscape and culture design around the world for more than 30 years. He has applied ecological principles to the design of holistic educational experiences for over two decades. His award-winning, two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens has become a classic in its field.