TENDING THE FOREST: Forest Garden Design & Management Intensive


TENDING THE FOREST: Forest Garden Design & Management Intensive


Within a healthy forest, a complex set of interactions unfolds between plant and animal species in a process of ongoing succession.  This process is a living example of the interwoven web that creates the totality of a harmonious ecosystem.  Through forest gardening we attempt to mimic the synergy and self renewing capabilities of the forest while generating food, fodder, and medicine to support a community of species.  During this weekend long intensive, we invite you to join us on our farm to explore in-the-ground and emergent forest garden systems across ten acres.  Discover different modalities for establishment, crop planning strategies, plant selection, working with succession, and much more during this interactive workshop.  Forest gardens come in all shapes and sizes, and likewise this program will appeal to gardeners, farmers, landscapers, and homesteaders alike.  Join us for a comprehensive exploration into forest garden systems covering the following topics and much more!

What you’ll learn in this course…

  • Understand site specific design

  • Plant selection

  • Polyculture design

  • Plant spacing

  • Working with annuals in perennial systems

  • Integrating animals into forest garden systems

  • Succession

  • Management

  • Planning for harvest

  • Advantages & drawbacks

  • Assessing yields

  • Relationships & emergent properties

Event Details…

  • Registration is required, No walk-ins please.
  • Cost: $150.00
  • DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 30th & Sunday, July 1st., 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday & Sunday.
  • LOCATION: Fields Without Fences - 71 Barbertown Idell Rd., Frenchtown, NJ 08825
  • Course Instructors are Lindsay Napolitano & Johann Rinkens of Fields Without Fences
  • Breakfast refreshments are included with this course. Lunch is BYO.
  • Please dress weather appropriate & bring a water bottle.
  • Space for camping is available to out-of-town attendees
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in.




Lindsay Napolitano is an herbalist, writer, and educator living and working within the fields and forests of the Delaware River Watershed. She is the co-founder of Fields Without Fences, under the auspices of which she cultivates and tends wild gardens and woodlands while growing and crafting plant medicine for her extended community. Combining a love of story, myth, metaphysics, and ecology, Lindsay weaves an inspired narrative throughout her teachings on the subjects of herbalism, permaculture, and agroecology. She is a practicing clinical herbalist and a writes professionally on subjects including herbalism, permaculture, and environmental renewal. Her work emerges out of a deep curiosity and reverence for the healing power of plants to positively transform our internal and external ecologies. You can usually find her outside, aiding and abetting the plants in their ceaseless quest for world domination.


Johann A. Rinkens is an ecological designer and experienced agriculturalist consulting and advising on regenerative land management. He is the co-founder of Fields Without Fences, and teaches extensively on the subjects of permaculture design and agroecology. His background in anthropology, agrarian land rights, and more than a decade of work in the field as an organic farmer, combine to inform his perspective on integrated, place based, and functional ecological design. Approaching landscapes from a restorative perspective, Johann is motivated by the inherent balance of natural systems, and an eagerness to continue to evolve his understanding to reflect that elegance of design.

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