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Introduction to Food Forestry and Syntropic Farming

18 November @ 11:00 am - 19 November @ 2:00 pm


“The mistake was when humans thought they were the most intelligent species; but we are only part of an intelligent system.” – Ernst Gotch

Saturday 18th November  – Theory and Philosophy

Sunday 19th November  – Practical instillation and maintenance of a Syntropic Food Forest

Creating a resilient, perennial, food forest in your backyard to service your household and the various communities around you, is extremely rewarding. Not only with you benefit financially through the harvest of consistent, healthy, diverse food but your soil and local ecosystem will also be enriched for future generations.

We all descend from an ancestor who was deeply embedded within a perennial ecosystem. Food, herbs, shelter, medicine, fibres, trinkets, weapons, tools, skincare, dye and even mind altering compounds – our ancestors derived everything for their lives from the habitat immediately surrounding them: forests.

Syntropic agriculture involves creating a diverse, resilient, self-perpetuating, multi-layered agroforestry system consisting of different types of perennial plants and trees. The plants are arranged in a way that allows them to benefit from each other’s presence, in “syntropy” . The dynamic ecology created in these systems is capable of providing its own water and nutrient needs while providing immeasurable and diverse resources. Food forests can be adapted to tiny backyards and expanded into many hectares.

During this workshop you will have the opportunity to participate in the instillation process of a syntropic agroforestry system and learn the fundamentals of managing this system such as;

– Forest ecology

– Planning and design

– Plant selection and targets

– Nurse plants

– Evolution over time (succession)

– “The macro-organism” concept

– Management, Chop & Drop, pest control

– Forest bathing, wellness and the therapeutic quality of trees

– Planting resilient backyard ecosystems that can shift with problematic climate and economy

Specific detailS 

  • 9am – 4pm both days

  • Lunch provided

  • Edible tree gifts to take home

This workshop will be hosted at a Hazelbrook plot and will be the beginning of a new syntropic food forest system under. Continual workshops will be held during the year as this system is established with participants encouraged to attend ongoing advanced workshops.

Further details will be emailed out closer to the workshop date!


18 November @ 11:00 am
19 November @ 2:00 pm


Mountains Gourmet


Mountains Gourmet – Hazelbrook Growing Plot
131 – 169 Terrace Falls Road
Hazelbrook, Select a State: Australia
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