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2024 Farm Workshop: Planning and Planting Food Forest Systems on Contour, Part 1

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

- $20

Thursday, Feb. 29 from 10 am to 4 pm

Agroforestry and food forests are terms describing a diverse planting of edible plants that attempts to mimic the ecosystems and patterns found in nature for a variety of social and environmental benefits. If you don’t know much about agroforestry, we have great news — we are starting our second agroforestry project at the SAHC Community Farm.

Along with Contour Lines Corp we will be leading the planting of a 3-acre diversified food forest which will feature a number of fruit trees and native support trees planted on contour in a system of berms and swales.  This is a unique demonstration project on conservation land, which will be managed in perpetuity so that we can all learn about the numerous benefits and beauty of perennial agroforestry and food forest systems.

Folks will receive a solid introduction on how to plan and plant a food forest agroforestry site that includes hundreds of fruit and support trees on a berm and swale contour system. Some species we will be planting include Black Locust, Willow, Cottonwood, Elderberry, Mulberry, Persimmon, Apple, Pear, Blueberry, Fig and Peaches.

Join us, rain or shine, for all or any part of the day to learn, observe, and take part in planting if you choose. Please bring a water bottle, gloves, raincoat/work clothes if you’re planting; tools will be provided.

Lunch will be provided midway between our morning classroom portion, and then the rest of the day will be hands-on work.

Location: SAHC Community Farm at 180 Mag Sluder Road, Alexander, NC 28701

Questions: Contact Community Farm Manager Chris Link at chris@appalachian.org.

Pre-registration is requested. Suggested donation $20; no one turned away for inability to pay.

SAHC received a $6,000 Catalyzing Agroforestry Grant to support this project, and nonprofit organization Contour Lines  Corp. (contourlines.org) is donating plant material, design and expertise for hands-on workshops to help execute the silvopasture project on the SAHC Community Farm. The Catalyzing Agroforestry Grants Program is an initiative funded by the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farming Coalition (ABFFC) and Edwards Mother Earth Foundation (EMEF) that is managed by Virginia Tech University in partnership with Rural Action, Appalachian Sustainable Development, The Yew Mountain Center, North Carolina State University.

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Date:
February 29
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
$20
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SAHC Community Farm (Event Venue)
180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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Details

Date:
February 29
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
$20
Event Categories:
,
Event Tags:
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Venue

SAHC Community Farm (Event Venue)
180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
+ Google Map