Plants to start a Tropical Food Forest Workshop // December 2nd-3rd 2017
with Edouard van Diem at the Practical Permaculture Institute Zanzibar (in Kiswahili and English)
Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is an ecological planning strategy that began with the planning of complex, self-sustaining land-use systems. One of the most sustainable land use systems is the forest garden. Following the model of natural forests and forest edges, an entire system is designed that resembles the principles of the natural forest. The tremendous productivity of forests is mainly due to the fact that many niches are exploited in space and time, and the plants’ functions for the entire system. They often live in symbiosis and support each other in a complex system. This course is addressed to individuals for their personal projects, and people working in the private or NGO sector, specifically in the fields of agriculture, forests or nature restoration.
All teaching will be in Kiswahili and English!
We will learn from the example of Robert Hart, who made sure that in his forest all plants have a direct benefit for humans in the form of food or medicine. Thus, he replaced the layers of the forest with crops, planted fruit trees for the tree layers, and fruit shrubs as shrubs. Among them were herbs, perennial vegetables and tubers. Vertical and horizontal, he let beans, wine and even kiwi vines. Through this he created a dense, nourishing wilderness, which after the planting phase scarcely needed care, since it consisted almost exclusively of perennial plants. This workshop focusses especially on plants that are good to use when starting a tropical food forest.
Edouard van Diem has been on the Permaculture journey for 12 years, starting his own Permaculture education center, the Permakultur Campus in Hamburg, Germany, four years ago. The Permakultur Campus offers Permaculture related workshops and courses, and also the certification of the Permaculture Diploma, a 1-2 year training in Permaculture design. Edouard has also been very active in working with projects abroad and giving consultation to businesses and NGOs in Haiti, Palestine, Zanzibar, and the DR Congo.