Length: 3.5 Hours
This is the first session of the Holistic Agroforestry Course and includes a full day of intensive learning and application on Timshel Permaculture’s 300-acre farm. The course as a whole is designed for those engaged in or enthusiastic about sustainably growing and managing a woodland or forest for improved ecology and economy.
Have you ever wondered how to sustainably manage your woodland to promote its natural ecosystem alongside your economy? Do you know how to mark trees, classify timber stands, or measure basal area? Do you know how to identify native trees within your local biome? Do you know the difference between a Mockernut and Pignut Hickory or why you probably won’t find any Sycamores on dry ridges?
If any of those questions interest you, then you’re at the right place!
Although often consider as an illimitable land of abundance, the temperate forests is bound by biomass benchmarks, site-specific resources, and distinctive microclimates. In effect, its biotic cap is determined by place, kind and time: how much of what can live when. This means that a particular timber stand can only support a given number of trees of a given specific for a given period of time before mother nature steps in to reduce the pull of resources in the form of death or static diameter. Such is the job of the Permaculture Forester. Girded with observation, creativity, and a paint can, he is to walk the complex and intricate path of stewardship to promote, foster, and nurture the optimal growth and abundance of the forest as a whole—its timber, nuts, fruits, wildlife, farmed-life, microscopic life, flora, fauna, fungi, etc. John Munsell of Virginia Tech said it best, “It is here that forests offer their lesson, providing structural and functional signposts that inform thoughtful and productive use.”
The purpose of this course is to learn how to see, understand, and act on those very natural signposts to foster abundance under the wooded canopy.
The goal of this course is educate the small forest owner, farmer, environmentalist, or forester on both the dendrology—the study and identification of trees—and economy of a properly managed forest system. This course provides an intensive overview of tree species, forest management techniques, and value added processing options that help diversify and strengthen your local biome, ecosystem, farm, and overall community.
You will learn how to manage your forest to:
- Promote and foster its natural abundance and fertility
- Improve its amenity and pleasure
- Reduce its fire hazard
- Recognize and remove its invasive species
- Improve its future timber and environmental values
- Better integrate and manage its timber trees within your farming landscape
- Harvest its bioenergy and firewood
- Enjoy its supreme pleasure and reap its infinite rewards.
- Practice additional agroforestry methods of swine, mushrooms, wild crafting and more!