About the Course

Learn to Grow a Fruit Tree Guild!

  • What You Will Learn

    Learn how plants work harmoniously to create a mini-ecosystem designed to be self-maintaining when established - like a natural forest. You will learn how plants function in the ecosystem and work together. You will learn what it takes to grow your favorite fruit - peaches, pears, plums, cherries, apples, service berries, paw paws, persimmons, or whatever it may be. Topics covered include: plant selection, site preparation, design and installation strategies -- everything you need to know to get your guild off to the best start.

  • How You Will Learn

    This is an independent on-line course. You will receive a pre-recorded workshop that will guide you through the process of creating a fruit tree guild. The instructor will guide you through the process of creating a fruit tree guild utilizing on-site gardens, models, and demonstrations of hands-on activities. Handouts will be available through the course site.

  • Need to Know

    In order to grow a fruit tree guild you will need a full sun location (6+ hours daily) with a minimum of 100 square feet (10'x10'). Most edible plants require full or partial sun to be productive, so the focus will be on these plants. ***Students will have access to course materials for two years from enrollment.


Nature Rx Guide

Jodi Trendler

Jodi Trendler is a co-founder of The Resiliency Institute. Jodi has worked to build community sustainability through several non-profit, community and municipal organizations over her career. She has advanced training in permaculture design and teaching as well as training with several veteran permaculture designers, and became a certified Forest Therapy Guide in 2015. Jodi uses this certification in combination with her training in psychology and stress management to help people develop mindfulness practices for resilient living. The Resiliency Institute’s nature connection programming is a foundational component to all programs. It is our philosophy that re-connecting people to nature is the necessary leverage point to ensure the success of all other resilience building programs. Jodi always welcomes the opportunity to share a walk in the woods or forest garden with everyone who will join her!