Perennial Food Forests

You may be confused if you walked through the first human agriculture projects. There are no plants in straight rows. Instead, you would see a forest of trees, shrubs, and undergrowth. In our perennial workshop, you will become familiar with these food forests. You'll learn how to work with nature to create small food ecosystems with the help of Davey Stewards, Katie Strubel, and other experts with The Harvest Collective. Instead of clearing land to grow one type of plant, you'll learn how to pair plants to work together with native species. This process creates resilient systems that will provide a harvest from year to year without replanting. It's also great for local pollinators and native plants!

With this knowledge, you will help create food forests throughout NW Roanoke and gain the skills to start one in your neighborhood!