Dave Jacke interview: designing like a forest in a changing climate

Last week I talked to Dave Jacke (primary author of Edible Forest Gardens) about his upcoming Australian tour of talks and workshops. We talked about consciously designing gardens like forest ecosystems that maximise food production, for backyard scale and beyond. Have a listen!

We also talked about designing for resilience, and establishing perennial food, fibre and medicine producing systems that anticipate change in the climate, and everything that flows from that.

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Dave Jacke will be traveling through NSW, VIC and TAS in March this year, discussing, teaching and sharing his considerable knowledge of designing like a forest (as opposed to designing in a forest) as he goes. Come along! We’ll be there:

Apologies for the slight crackle on the line! Dave was in a gathering snowstorm. Such is the nature of this world we live in.

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  1. Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    Reblogged this on Creative Resources, Bangladesh.

  2. Mississauga Permaculture
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    So great! Thank you so much for sharing. Hope to meet him one day :)

  3. Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks guys! Dave makes some important points about future-proofing for intensified drought/flood regimes using earthworks for water management – highly relevant to Oz.

  4. Andy Cambeis
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    My stackable Food Forest cluster design system is solving some of the questions according to the scalability and the productivity of the herb and ground cover layer.


    • Posted February 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Andy, wow that’s an impressive work… have you read Dave’s books? You’ll find many correlations if not…

      • Andy Cambeis
        Posted February 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

        Hello Kirsten, just a fast skim read over some topics in Dave’s Edible Forest Garden book. I was reading about species cluster building for pollination. If you design a large Food Forest with several hectare you end up inevitably with species clustering. This is a naturally pattern that can be found in all *true* wilderness forests were non self-fertile species are the majority. I have this just developed further.

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