Speaking Events

Come hear us at one of our scheduled talks, or bring us to your community!

Upcoming Talks

  • A Permaculture Perspective on Gardening - April 05, 2014 - Hyannis, MA

    Cape Cod Master Gardeners host Jonathan Bates, owner of Food Forest Farm. He will guide us through an explanation of permaculture ethics, principles, and design process. Using his backyard garden, “Paradise Lot”, as a case study, Bates will show how using permaculture in gardening creates both beauty and abundance, meeting human needs while improving ecosystem health. Find out more and REGISTER HERE

  • A Soil Health Approach: Permaculture and Urban Gardens - June 7, 2014 - Tolland, CT
    An innovative and interactive experience dedicated to Soil Health and specifically focused on permaculture and urban gardeners around New England. A series presented by Eastern Connecticut RC&D Council and funded by USDA-NRCS, Connecticut. This will be an all day event at the Tolland County Agricultural Center with topics including: “Introduction to Soil Ecology and Function”, “Introduction to Permaculture Principles”, “Growing Food and Building Soil With Permaculture”. To register contact Raymond Covino (860.779.0557, Ext. 102)
  • Create Your Paradise Lot: Turning Your Yard Into an Edible Oasis - May 16, 2014 - Rhinebeck, NY
    If you’re looking for ways to lessen your carbon footprint and eat locally, why not do it right in your own yard?

    In this hands-on 3 day workshop (May 16-18), Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates, coauthors of Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City, show you how to transform your urban yard into an edible paradise, saving you money as you develop strategies to consume home-grown plants.

    See more at: http://www.eomega.org/
  • Designing Paradise Lot(s): Food Forests for City and Country - May 31, 2014 - Portland, ME

    How do we design productive, beautiful and perennial edible landscapes that will literally bear fruit for years and decades? How to we incorporate the wisdom of natural ecosystems into the way we produce food in the city, the suburbs and the country? Jonathan Bates will guide us through the fundamentals of food forest design and we use a real live space in East Bayside as our practice design canvas. Learn more and register...

  • Paradise Lot: Growing an Edible Garden Oasis - April 6, 2014 - Martha's Vineyard, MA

    Jonathan Bates, Food Forest Farm, will guide us through an explanation of permaculture ethics, principles, and design process. Using his backyard garden, “Paradise Lot”, he will show how using permaculture in gardening creates both beauty and abundance, meeting human needs while improving ecosystem health. Hosted by the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society. Starts at 1pm at the Martha's Vineyard Ag Hall.

  • Paradise Lot: Growing an Edible Garden Oasis - April 3, 2014 - Jamaica Plain, MA
    Paradise Lot food forest is coming to Boston! Join Jonathan Bates as he gives a presentation about his famous backyard food forest based in Holyoke, Mass. Jonathan’s talk will focus on perennial vegetables for our region, soil building, plant polycultures, and food gardening in small urban spaces. Get answers to your questions about working with poor soil, little sunlight, and New England’s growing season from his years of experience. Click to learn more...
  • Whole Life Design Using Permaculture Principles - June 1, 2014 - Durham, NH

    Want to design your life to be more in line with your ecological values? Come learn the tools and get inspired by Jonathan Bates and Megan Barber of Food Forest Farm. During this 3-hour workshop, we'll use permaculture design principles to work on setting up our whole lives in ways that meet our needs while improving ecosystem health. Together, we'll look at livelihoods, food, transport, shelter, culture, community, spirit, and more. You'll get started creating a personal/family vision statement, taking stock of where your life is at right now, designing your life, putting elements of the design in place, and setting up a system for regularly evaluating your life design. Click to learn more...

We enjoy speaking and sharing our thinking and knowledge with a variety of groups of all ages and types of experience. From community gatherings to academic clubs to professional associations, we offer interesting and engaging presentations to inspire and educate.

Topics Include:

  • How to Grow an Edible Forest Garden
  • Paradise Lot: Growing Your Own Backyard Oasis
  • Landscaping with Edible Plants
  • Backyard Mushroom Growing
  • Healthy Soil: A Permaculture Perspective
  • Permaculture 101

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