BLAIRSTOWN — Genesis Farms is holding a “Sustainable Garden” weekend event from Friday, May 2 through Monday, May 5.The workshop will be conducted by International Landscape Designer David Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens: The Ecology and Design of Home Scale Food Forests. The workshop is ideal for people who are concerned about the rising food costs and who want to create a beautiful and mostly self-maintaining garden in their own backyard.

Jacke calls his workshop “Gardening Like the Forest” because healthy forests maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves naturally. This kind of gardening, often called “permaculture,” is built on an ethic of caring for Earth and interacting with the environment so that all life can thrive.

“Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts,” Jacke explains in his award-winning book.

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