Event Details

Event Phone: 608-687-3332

2016 July 20-24

organic gardening at homeIn these intensive five days you will learn techniques to help you identify trees and plants and come to an understanding of their significance in the landscape and delineate how to use plants for food, medicine and utility. We take many plant walks where we observe trees and plants in their natural environment. Harvested plants will be brought back for study, processing and enjoyment. We will make tinctures, decoctions, infusions, teas, ferments and more. Through observation we identify methods to employ plants as windbreaks, shelter belts, habitat for animals, and companions for other plants that contribute to health and increased yields. Plant guilds, food forests, basic biology, basic botany, effects of weather on vegetation, interactions with animals, and the processes of various habitats and ecosystems (including farm ecosystems) will be discussed and examined. We will cover plant propagation, grafting, seed saving and more.  The planting of prairies and native plants will be reviewed in detail as we review and observe the Kinstone Prairie planted in November 2013. We will explore prairie, woodland, savanna, pasture, gardens, farm fields, and other ecosystems found at or near Kinstone. Children ages 13-17 may register with a registered adult.

Prerequisites: None

Organization: Readings, narrated power point presentations, field skills, hands-on techniques and practice.

Course Length: 5 days

Daily Schedule: 9:00am – 5:00pm, plus some evening activities

Course Dates:   July 20-24, 2016

Instructors: Wayne Weiseman

Course Fee:  Early bird: $450   After June 7: $500

Course Texts: A resource list and handouts will be distributed at this course.

Course Topics:

  • Basic botany, biology, chemistry
  • Field id – shapes, colors, etc., field guides and how to use them, habitat in context, keystone species, etc
  • Native/common uses of plants, multi-functions
  • Cultivated plants and propagation
  • Medicinal plants (all day-prepare medicines)
  • Guilds and food forests
  • Plants in gardening and farming systems
  • Plant food preparation, fermentation, preservation, etc
  • Plants in the modern world
  • Animal and plant interactions
  • Cooking with plants
  • Wine and beer brewing
  • How to use utility plants

Recommended Reading:

  • A Forestry Journey, Robert Hart and A.J. Douglas
  • Agriculture, Rudolf Steiner,  Biodynamic Agricultural Association, 1984
  • Agroecology, Miguel Altieri, Harper Collins, 1989
  • Book of Bamboo, Farrelly, Sierra Club Books, 1984
  • Botany for Gardeners, Brian Capon, Timber Press, 1990
  • Companion Planting, Richard Bird, Quarto Publishing, 1990
  • Creating a Forest Garden, Martin Crawford, Green Books, 2010
  • Culture and Horticulture, Wolf D Stohrl, Bio-Dynamic Literature, 1979
  • Edible Forest Gardens, Volumes I and II, Dave Jacke, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2005
  • Edible Wild Plants: Peterson Field Guide, L Peterson, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1973
  • Farmers of Forty Centuries, FH King, Rodale Press, 1911
  • Farming in Nature’s Image, Soule and Piper, Island Press, 1992
  • Forest Gardening, Robert Hart, Chelsea Green, 1996
  • Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, Toby Hemenway Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2001
  • Gardening for the Future of the Earth, Shapiro and Harrison, Bantam Books, 2000
  • How to Grow More Vegetables, John Jeavons, Ten Speed Press, 2002
  • Nature and Property of Soil, Grady
  • New Organic Grower, Eliot Coleman, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1989
  • Orchard Almanac, Page and Smillie, Spraysaver Publications, 1986
  • Perennial Vegetables, Eric Toensmeier, Chelsea Green Publishers, 2007
  • Secrets of the Soil, Tompkins and Bird, Harper and Row Publishers, 1989
  • Seed to Seed, Susan Ashworth, Seed Saver Publications, 1991
  • Seeds of Change, Kenny Ausubel, Harper, 1994
  • The Once and Future Forest, Leslie Jones Sauer, Island Press, 1998
  • The Plant: Volumes I and II, Gerbert Grohman, Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, 1989
  • The Secret Life of Plants, Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird, Harper, 1973
  • Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture, Russel-Smith, Harper, 1978
  • Trees and Shrubs: Peterson Field Guide, Petrides, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1987
  • Weeds and What They Tell, Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, Rodale Press, 1954
  • Weeds in Winter, Lauren Brown, W.W. Norton and Company, 1976
  • Wildflowers: Peterson Field Guide, Peterson and McKenney, 1971

Ticket Options

Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Plants in Permaculture - July
    July 20, 2016 - July 24, 2016
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Event Location


S3439 Cole Bluff Lane, Fountain City, Wisconsin, 54629, United States