The Newforest Institute is offering an exciting weekend of agroforestry workshops: Food Forests with Bill Errickson on Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Coppice Agroforestry with Mark Krawczyk on Sunday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Participants may take one or both of these workshops. The cost is $35-70 for each workshop (sliding scale depending on ability to pay) with a special rate of $100 for both workshops with overnight accommodations. For more information and to register contact Newforest at 722-3625 or info@newforestinstitute.org.

On Saturday, July 16, local permaculture designer and farmer Bill Errickson will be leading a food forest workshop. Food forestry is a food production and land management system that involves arranging different plant species in mutually beneficial arrangements.

Following the example of forest ecology, plants are intermixed to grow on multiple levels in the same area. As each plant lends a hand in the growth and health of its neighbor, food forests grow stronger, healthier and are often lower-maintenance than conventional gardens.

Bill Errickson is a permaculture designer, farmer, and educator, operating Singing Nettle Farm with his partner, Lauren Errickson, in Brooks. His academic and practical studies of biology, soil science, and sustainable agriculture form the foundation for his growing interest in and practice with regenerative perennial food systems. He holds an advanced degree from the University of New Hampshire and Permaculture Design Certification from Humustacia Gardens in Whitefield.

Natural building consultant and author Mark Krawczyk is traveling from Vermont to The Newforest Institute on Sunday, July 17 to teach coppice agroforestry principles and practice.

According to a press release from Newforest, this is a rare opportunity to learn techniques he has gathered from years of traveling and apprenticing with leaders in the fields of agroforestry, natural building, and traditional woodworking. Participants will work together to develop a management plan for a new copse at Newforest, try out some specialized, traditional hand tools, and use saplings and polewood to construct a woven wattle fence.

“Coppice management has supported human communities around the world for over 5000 years,” says Krawczyk, in the press release. “It provides people with straight, high quality pole wood for building, making baskets and other crafts, supplying fodder for livestock, fuel, fencing materials and more. It’s the art of cutting down a tree in the right place at the right time of year.”

Mark Krawczyk is a permaculture designer, traditional woodworker, natural builder and community organizer in Burlington, Vt. He owns and operates Keyline Vermont (a permaculture design/consulting business), RivenWoodCrafts (a traditional woodcraft company), is a member of Seven Generations Natural Builders and is a founding member of the community group Burlington Permaculture. He is currently co-writing “Coppice Agroforestry: Perennial Silviculture for the 21st Century” with noted permaculture author, Dave Jacke.

The Newforest Institute is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the traditional balance between people, communities and the land. Newforest serves as a northeast hub for permaculture and maintains a teaching and demonstration facility located on 300 acres of forests, fields, and permaculture gardens in Brooks.