The last of our gardening presentations for this season!
Our own Melissa Flint will be coming in to teach us about forest gardening; permanent multi-storied plantings following permaculture principles.
Edible forest gardens typically include a diverse inter-planting of edible perennial species such as fruits, berries, nuts, perennial and self-seeding annual vegetables and herbs, mushrooms, and, if desired, small livestock such as bees, poultry and other animals. But forest gardens can also include many other yields such as medicinal plants, coppicing plants like willow or dogwood, plants for a wide range of crafting activities, flower production, harvestable timber species, perennial plants for bio-fuel production, and beautiful spaces for relaxation, recreation, learning and retreat.
From a small urban yard, to a community space, to a large acreage or farm, food forests can be designed for any scale and context. While many food forests are intended for the self-sufficiency and pleasure for those who live among them, others are also designed to create a surplus of yields that can generate income and livelihood. Common to all forest gardens, however, is the careful design that locates all species in positive relationship to each other, thus establishing a living ecological system that will become largely self-sustaining and regenerating long into the future.
Melissa Flint has a background in organic farming, community organization, conservation biology, landscaping, permaculture and environmental education. She has been working in ecological pursuits for the past ten years.
During her time as a Linnaea Farm Garden student, she discovered how to connect people with nature through the food that they eat. She then worked and traveled to many organic market gardens in Canada, Hawaii, Rwanda, Kenya and Israel to gain experience in growing in all different climates and economic conditions.
During 2013-2015 she was the Community Garden Coordinator at the College of the Rockies in Creston teaching hands-on workshops about healthy food production to children, teens and adults. She is currently the Creston Outdoor Educator for Wildsight and teaches a variety of outdoor education courses to to elementary students and high school student. She is also an educator for Columbia Basin Environmental Educators Network’s Wild Voices for Kids.
Melissa has studied permaculture with a variety of mentors from around the world. In 2017 she completed a Diploma of Permaculture in the fields of Education, Childhood Education, Site Design and Development from the Permaculture Institute. She is also a member of the Permaculture Institute of North America.
Melissa is the founder of Aurora Edible Designs , which offers services in design, consultation, and workshops around permaculture, sustainability, food production and community outreach.