Fields Without Fences

following a philosophy of deep ecology

Fields Without Fences follows a philosophy of deep ecology rooted in the functionality and balance of natural systems. On our 10 acre certified organic medicinal forest garden farm in Frenchtown, New Jersey we cultivate herbs, fruit, and wild edibles within an innovative, naturalized design framework. Beyond our site we provide permaculture consulting services on projects across the region.  Our cultivation style and ecological approach is aimed at restoring health and integrity to our shared landscape.

Deep ecology inspired programming.

EVENTS & PROGRAMMING

Fields Without Fences offers garden tours, workshops, and presentations on permaculture, regenerative agriculture, medicinal plants & herbal medicine, and deep ecology.  Check out our upcoming events detailed below, and join our mailing list to stay up to date on upcoming events.

To inquire about scheduling a workshop or event, email us at: info@fieldswithoutfences.org



UPCOMING EVENTS...


PRESENTATION: PERMACULTURE PRINCIPLES & CASE STUDIES

FRIDAY, JULY 28th - 7pm-9pm

Permaculture is a major contributor to the organic movement and to regenerative agriculture. This year, NOFA-NJ is pleased to partner with Fields Without Fences to present workshops on permaculture design.

What makes farm ecology thrive? Join Johann Rinkens of Fields Without Fences as we explore case studies of farms employing permaculture principles and ecological design to enhance agricultural productivity, ecological symbiosis, and natural regeneration. This talk will include a visual tour of various permaculture farms throughout the world, discuss their approach to design and management, and end with a lively discussion of how we can apply permaculture principles to homes, farms, bioregions, and watersheds throughout the Garden State. Ample time will be provided for Q&A on your own projects; please come prepared with one or two burning questions for discussion.

Location: Duke Farms - 1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough, New Jersey 08844

Program Fee: $10 NOFANJ Member Fee / $15 Non-member Fee

Details & Registration: https://nofanj.z2systems.com/np/clients/nofanj/event.jsp?event=55


FOUNDATIONS IN PLANT MEDICINE

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20th, 10am-3pm

Plant medicine is both an art and science developed and refined over the course of human history, and interwoven into the myths, culinary traditions, and seasonal practices that comprise culture. Join herbalist and medicinal plant grower Lindsay Napolitano as we explore foundational concepts and practices in herbalism that inform how we grow, harvest, process, and utilize plants for health and therapeutic effect. This dynamic and interactive workshop will delve into the overlap of tradition and science as we use our senses to understand the activity and energetics of herbs through taste, touch, sight, and smell. Hosted on our ten acre medicinal forest garden farm, this workshop is ideal for anyone looking to connect with the wild wisdom inherent in the plants where they grow!

Location: Fields Without Fences Farm, Frenchtown NJ

BYO Lunch

Program Fee: $45.00

Sign Up: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


WORKSHOP: PERMACULTURE DESIGN WEEKEND INTENSIVE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th - 10am-5pm

& SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th - 10am-5pm

Permaculture is a major contributor to the organic movement and to regenerative agriculture. This year, NOFA-NJ is pleased to partner with Fields Without Fences to present workshops on permaculture design.

Join us for a weekend long permaculture design intensive where we will explore foundational concepts, techniques, and approaches for small to large scale land management and design strategies for maximizing productive output and minimizing waste. Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects to the table as we devote a portion of the weekend to workshopping and developing your site specific design. The program will be hosted at Fields Without Fences small farm located in Frenchtown, NJ, where we will explore in-the-ground applications on our 5 year old site, including water management systems, ponds, polycultures, forest gardens, and successional management strategies. Beginners and experienced permaculture practitioners alike will benefit from this intensive aimed at empowering you to develop and refine your approach and interaction with living systems. Let this course be the fertile soil to grow your understanding of permaculture design from the ground up!

Location: Fields Without Fences Farm, Frenchtown, NJ

BYO Lunch

Program Fee: $150 NOFA-NJ Member Fee / $175 Non-member Fee

Details and registration online: https://nofanj.z2systems.com/np/clients/nofanj/event.jsp?event=56&


PAST EVENTS...


WORKSHOP: NATIVE PLANTS & PERMACULTURE

SATURDAY, JULY 8th - 10am-4pm

Jared Rosenbaum, co-owner of Wild Ridge Plants, and Johann Rinkens of Fields Without Fences will offer a program on native plants and permaculture here at Wild Ridge.

Explore the intersection of permaculture design, perennial agriculture, ecological restoration, and native flora with botanist Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants and farmer / designer Johann Rinkens of Fields Without Fences.

Held at Wild Ridge Farm, the class will explore perennial field plantings, the wild species of the rich mesic forest, and our native plant nursery Wild Ridge Plants, which specializes in native edible and medicinal species as well as ecological restoration plants. Permaculture design principles and patterns will be discussed throughout the day and provide a framework and context for the establishment and care of perennial, native landscapes.

Together, we'll immerse ourselves in the ecology of useful species, and discuss planting options, natural companions, and stacked functions. We'll identify and sample wild and planted native species as foods and tea. Drawing from ethnobotany and contemporary herbalism, we'll explore medicinal uses. Jared will describe the chemical-free nursery practices used at Wild Ridge, and the importance of local ecotypes and genetic diversity in nursery stock.

Please bring lunch, water, and a mug for sampling tea.

Location: Wild Ridge Plants, Pohatcong, NJ

Program fee: $50

Register & directions: info@wildridgeplants.com


HERB WALK: PLANTS OF THE SUMMER SOLSTICE

JUNE 25th - 1pm-2pm


Join herbalist Lindsay Napolitano to explore medicinal plants in the field. Uncover the folklore and science connecting certain prized medicinal plant species to the high summer solstice. Learn about seasonal culinary traditions, medicinal uses, and mythology while exploring the plant world with all the senses. All are welcome on this complimentary herb walk.

Cost: Free with RSVP 

Location: Fields Without Fences Farm

RSVP HERE TO SIGN UP!


2017 Annual Open House Celebration!

SUNDAY, JUNE 25th - 10am-5pm

Fields Without Fences invites you to join us at our annual Open House celebration on the farm!  Stop by, or spend the day.  A farm tour will begin at 11:00am and run for about 1 hour.  Then join us at 1pm for a complimentary herb walk focusing on “Plants of the Solstice” (details below!). Stick around for a bonfire and light refreshments afterward. Wander the gardens, learn about our establishment process, permaculture, forest gardening, ecological restoration, and medicinal herbs.  Herbal products and herb plants will be available for purchase.  We hope you'll join us!

Location: Fields Without Fences Farm

** CLICK HERE TO RSVP! **

Schedule:

11am Farm Tour - Explore Fields Without Fences medicinal forest garden with owners Johann Rinkens and Lindsay Napolitano as they trace the history and development of their unique site.

1pm “Plants of the Solstice” - Join herbalist Lindsay Napolitano to explore medicinal plants in the field. Uncover the folklore and science connecting certain prized medicinal plant species to the high summer solstice. Learn about seasonal culinary traditions, medicinal uses, and mythology while exploring the plant world with all the senses. All are welcome on this complimentary herb walk.

3pm Bonfire - Stick around after the herb walk for a potluck and celebratory bonfire to honor the solstice and the start of another season at Fields Without Fences. BYOB.


Earth DAY PLANT SALE at Stockton Market!

APRIL 23rd-24th - 9am-4pm

From event page: " We are fortunate to live in such a richly bio-diverse area of the world. Nestled beside this beautiful river, under the sun & the shade of countless trees, our lands offer more medicine, health, food & wisdom than a person could receive in one lifetime. This #EarthDay Weekend,  celebrates the land we call home and all the lovely gardeners and farmers within it with a local **Plant Sale**. We’ve invited a few well-loved farms to bring locally grown & organic herbal, vegetable & native plants to sell at the market. 

So start dreaming up your gardens! On April 22nd & 23rd, come make these garden dreams a reality with exciting & unique herbal, vegetable & native plants brought to you by Fields Without Fences Herbal Farm, Roots to River Farm & Wild Ridge Plants, LLC Nursery. "

Location: Stockton Market, 19 Bridge St, Stockton, New Jersey 08559

For more information CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE EVENT PAGE!


WORKSHOP: Creating an herbal home apothecary

APRIL 23rd - 12pm-1:30pm

Creating an Herbal Home Apothecary //
With Lindsay Napolitano of Fields Without Fences

Gentle herbal remedies for common conditions are often found as close as the spice cabinet, the home garden, or even the lawn! Kitchen medicine connects us with herbal traditions that span human history, and helps restore deeper relationships with the plants that surround us. In this talk we’ll explore healing plants to introduce into your garden and landscape, simple herbal preparations to craft at home, and all-natural, herbal products to swap in for your old medicine cabinet standbyes. The path to healing runs through the garden!

$15/ suggested donation 

Location: Stockton Market, 19 Bridge St, Stockton, New Jersey 08559

For more information CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE EVENT PAGE!


For inquiries and questions related to our educational offerings, please email info@fieldswithoutfences.org


Information found on this website is meant for educational purposes only.
It is not meant to diagnose medical conditions, to treat any medical conditions or to prescribe medicine. 

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