Monday, March 16, 2015 (snow date, March 20th)
Earned Credits: 4.5 LA-CES and up to 4.5 ISA
8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Westchester Community College
that Nourish: Planting an Edible Landscape
Native edible plants can be incorporated into
landscapes to provide beauty and food for people and wildlife alike. Learn
about the historical and present-day uses of these plants and how to mimic
natural systems in designing a native edible garden.
Eating on Mannahatta: The Plants that Sustained Native
Eric W. Sanderson, PhD
The Native Americans who
pre-dated Henry Hudson on Manhattan Island harvested a variety of foods from
the land: nuts, berries, seeds, leaves, and tubers. Find out about the
horticultural cultivation and food gathering by the Lenape 400 years ago. Learn
about "Muir webs” and the habitat connections among plants, animals, and
people. Discuss and imagine for the future a more sustainable, edible
landscape for New York City.
Eric W. Sanderson, PhD,
is Senior Conservation Ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and the
best-selling author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York
City. A TED Conference presenter, he received his doctorate in ecology from
the University of California, Davis. His latest book is Terra Nova: The New
World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs.
Landscaping with Native Edible Fruits and Nuts
Lee Reich, PhD
Native trees, shrubs,
and vines that bear fruits and nuts are better adapted to withstand the pests
and climate of the Northeast than the typically planted apples, peaches,
pears, and cherries. Native species also look natural in the landscape—a
landscape that can be luscious as well as ornamental. Discover the beauty,
flavor, and cultivation of persimmon, pawpaw, blueberry, and a host of other
Lee Reich, PhD, is an
avid "farmdener” (more than a gardener, less than a farmer) with graduate
degrees in soil science and horticulture. After working in agricultural
research for Cornell and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he turned to
writing, lecturing, and consulting. He is the author of several books,
including most recently Grow Fruit Naturally. His "farmden” is a
test site for innovative techniques in soil care, pruning, and growing fruits
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Edible Herbaceous Natives for the Garden
Many native herbaceous
plants are delicious as well as lovely. Learn how to recognize, grow, and
harvest these species in your home landscape, creating sources of food and beauty.
Find out how to transform these natives into tasty treats such as banana yucca
pie, roasted Jerusalem artichoke soup, and wild ginger snaps.
Ellen Zachos, a garden writer and photographer, is an instructor
at The New York Botanical Garden, where she studied commercial horticulture and
ethnobotany. She is the foraging expert for About.com, a senior advisor for
the Garden Compass app, and writes monthly for the National Gardening
Association. A Harvard graduate, she is the author of six books, including Backyard
Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat.
Lunch and book signings
Mimicking Nature: Healthy Edible Ecosystems by Design
With clear scientific
theory and practical design processes, we can create edible landscapes that
mimic healthy ecosystems. The benefits that emerge include minimal competition
and maximum cooperation among the plants, the return of critical ecosystem
functions, and reduced work and outside inputs for the gardener. Explore the
essential theories and practices behind edible ecosystem design, and learn
about native ecosystem assemblages.
Dave Jacke, a student of
ecology and design for almost 40 years, is primary author of the award-winning
two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens. Since 1984 his
firm, Dynamics Ecological Design, has designed and built landscapes, homes,
farms, and communities across the United States and internationally. He holds a
BA in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College and an MA in Landscape
Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design.