Event Details

Event Phone: 608-687-3332

2017 June 1 – 4

organic gardening at home

In this intensive four day class you will learn techniques to help you identify and use local trees and plants, come to an understanding of their significance in the landscape and practice using plants for food, medicine and utility. You will identify and harvest plants in the wild; then study, process and transform them. You will make tinctures, decoctions, infusions, teas, ferments, salads 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 the basics of plant propagation, grafting, seed saving and more.  We will observe, study and interact with 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.

Registered students who attend the course receive 3 meals per day on class days except only two meals on the last day (no dinner). There is limited availability for students to camp onsite for free during the course; spaces are reserved on a first-come basis. Anyone wishing to camp at Kinstone must make arrangements via email or phone (see the Contact us link) in advance and only after they have completed registration.

Prerequisites: None

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

Course Length: 4 days

Daily Schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Course Dates:   June 1 – 4, 2017

Instructors: Wayne Weiseman

Course Fee:  Early bird: $350   After April 20: $400

Course Texts: A resource list and handouts will be distributed at this course. Please bring along any plant related field guides you have.

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
  • How to use utility plants


Recommended Reading:

  • 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
  • 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
  • The Secret Life of Plants, Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird, Harper, 1973


Other Interesting 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


Note: If the course is cancelled by Kinstone for any reason, all registered students will receive a full refund of any tuition paid, including their deposit. In all other cases, cancellations are handled as described in our Cancellation Policy.

Ticket Options

Price Qty
Deposit (Non-refundable): Plants Juneshow details + $100.00 (USD)  
Earlybird Minus Deposit: Plants Juneshow details + $250.00 (USD)  
Earlybird: Plants Juneshow details + $350.00 (USD)  
Earlybird w/ Discount (Couple, Military): Plants Juneshow details + $315.00 (USD)  
Regular Tuition Minus Deposit: Plants Juneshow details + $300.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
April 21, 2017
Regular Tuition: Plants Juneshow details + $400.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
April 21, 2017
Regular Tuition w/ Discount (Couple, Military): Plants Juneshow details + $360.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
April 21, 2017

Upcoming Date(s) and Time(s)

  • Plants in Permaculture - June
    June 1, 2017 - June 4, 2017
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Event Location


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