Farming for Nature: Designing Urban Farms and Gardens for Ecosystem Services

Join me during this workshop to learn how garden and small farm design affects surrounding areas by enriching the ecology and becoming part of the interconnected ecosystem. We will discuss techniques, inputs, and design ideas and examples, with a focus on how humans interact as part of the complete ecosystem. With examples from Newark and Trenton, we will review a variety of topics including: regenerative agriculture and permaculture techniques; encouraging beneficial insects, animals, fungi, and soil microbes; perennials as food sources for humans, insects, and animals; pollution in urban areas and ways to remediate or work around it; and typical challenges faced and solutions to them. I hope to see you there!