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.