Community Forest Gardening Workshop

by Community Forests International on June 25, 2009


Community Forests International is pleased to offer a free workshop on Food Forest Gardening to the Sackville Community on July 4, 2009. The workshop will compliment the organization’s Community Food Forest project presently taking place in the Sackville Community Garden on Charles St. with support from Renaissance Sackville and Evergreen – Walmart.

Food Forest Gardening is a food production system in which plants with edible yields are arranged to mimic their naturally occurring growth patterns. By utilizing an ecosystem approach to gardening, a food forest develops a low maintenance plot of land in which the gardener works with trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, ferns and fungi to produce, nuts, berries, fruits and mushrooms.

The workshop will allow Sackville community members to assist Community Forests International in the arrangement of plant material while exploring the philosophy and science behind ecosystem gardening. The gardens will feature native plants found in the Acadian Forest and will provide a great way to sharpen edible plant identification skills. Participants will learn how to work with oyster and morel mushrooms, fiddleheads, a myriad of berries and nuts and will be develop all the skills necessary to grow a food forest in their own back yard.

Community Forests International is an international non-for profit organization founded by volunteers from the Tantramar region. The organization currently oversees an environmental education program in Canada, and a tree planting project in Tanzania, where rural villages on the island of Pemba plant of over 100,000 fruit and timber trees annually. For more information, visit or email

The Food Forest Gardening workshop will begin at 11am on Saturday, July 4 at the Sackville Community Garden site on Charles Street. Admission is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.


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