Interested in hosting a workshop with Florida Edible Landscaping? Below is a list of example courses.
Intro to Tropical Fruits of Florida
Description: This introductory course provides information on tropical fruits that flourish in South Florida. Topics such as species origin, tree and fruit characteristics, climatic preferences, and culinary/other uses will be covered. There will also be a fruit tasting of seasonal exotic fruit. Please come prepared with questions, and ready to learn
Tropical Fruit Intensive
1-2 day course
Description: This two-day intensive course will build on the material from the Intro to Tropical Fruits of Florida course. Topics that will be discussed include site selection, plant selection, cultivar recommendations, inter-planting, plant establishment, and basic care. All participants will leave with a custom profile featuring ten fruiting plants that best suit their location, skill level, and dietary preferences. Part of day 2 includes a field trip to a local fruit planting where many of the trees we discuss will be growing.
Intro to Permaculture
1-2 day course
Description: This Intro to Permaculture course covers the material from the first two days of the Permaculture Design Certification Course, including in-dept discussion of the permaculture principles and ethics, understanding and identifying patterns for increased productivity, mapping, element analysis, zones, sectors, and observation. There will also be in-depth discussion on soil improvement strategies, including solutions for balancing pH, nutrient cycles, composting, and plants for soil improvement. These days can be applied towards the full Permaculture Design Certification with Florida Edible Landscaping.
Intro to Vegetable Gardening
Description: Come learn the basics of vegetable growing in South Florida, including proper techniques for seed starting, fertilizing, companion planting, and organic practices. Also, learn basics of gardening by the moon. Leave this course with a complete plan for the spring or fall season.
Intro to Food Forest Design
Description: Learn the basics of food forest design. Join us as we look at patterns in nature and apply them to landscape design. Learn the basics of food forest stratification and guild design.
Permaculture Design Certification
7-day course – this can be broken up into smaller sections
Description: The Permaculture Design Certification is a training designed to prepare participants to look at site design through a systems-thinking approach. This hands-on certification course will investigate Permaculture principles and ethics, ecological patterns in productive systems, cultivating soil, landscape design considering environmental factors, microclimate design, water retention and storage, food forest design, site analysis, natural pest management, and many other topics related to resource conservation for designing a thriving system. This course is ideal for professionals in related fields such as architecture, landscaping, farming, sustainability, or those interested in applying permaculture in their personal lives. The course will include a site analysis and design for a piece of land locally. Erica Klopf, trained in Permaculture education at the Esalen Institute, is dedicated to experiential permaculture education.
Workshop: Navigating Temporal Ecological Succession in the Anthropogenic Food Forest
1-2 day workshop
Description: What is the role of disturbance in the ecological succession of an anthropogenic forest system? How can we navigate food forest management through guiding and then responding to disturbance over time? How can we train our eye to identify disturbance and to predict when disturbance is about to happen? What are some examples of disturbance events and responses to these events? How can we relate to regular disturbance over time? How can we design for disturbances at both the spatial and temporal scale? What does the frequency/intensity disturbance ratio look like at mid-succession and how do we design for it on spatial and temporal scales?
This discussion-based workshop investigates succession in a natural ecosystem and how we can apply it to the temporal design of an anthropogenic Food Forest. University of Florida article on ecosystem succession will be used as a reference for ecosystem succession terminology and applied to our discussion of food forest design over time and what our role is in this disturbance regime.