Advanced Food Forest Design and Installation
with John Valenzuela & Grover Stock


Advanced Food Forest Design & Installation

What You Will Learn:

  • The ecological principles and patterns behind the food forest systems.
  • Carbon Sequestering in Agro-Ecological Settings
  • Food forest design best practices including tours of establish food forest sites.
  • The appropriate plant communities and planting plan approaches to a food forest.
  • Nutrient cycling in the garden
  • Water harvesting in the food forest
  • Irrigating edible forest gardens
  • During this course participants will install a mini food forest together.
  • Plant and Tree propagation

Who is this course for:

  • Ecologic Landscapers wanting to learn best practices for food forest design and installation.
  • Permaculture practitioners wanting a deeper learning experience into food forest design and installation.
  • Homesteaders and land stewards incorporating food for forests into their projects.
  • Anyone wanting to learn about food forest and installation

Location: The Permaculture Skills Center, 2185 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol, CA 95473

Dates: TBD

Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

Location: The Permaculture Skills Center, 2185 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol, CA 95473

Cost: $325

Early Bird: $299

About Grover:

Grover is a long time organic food forest farmer, educator, and consultant. Recently transplant in Calistoga, CA to create a Biodynamic/Permaculture education site. As a Soil Food Web Advisor, he consults with farmers and gardeners to create and maintain the dynamic living cycles of fertile soils.

As chairperson of the International Association of Analog Forestry, Grove creates curriculum and facilitates AF practices, bridging multiple disciplines in ecology to create sustainable rural economies in communities around the globe. He is a Permaculture instructor and member of the Executive Committee of the Biodynamic Association of Northern California.


About John:

John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant, and permaculture educator. Living in Hawai’i for 15 years, he studied and practiced tropical permaculture while teaching throughout the Islands to a wide range of people — children, students, professionals, farmers, displaced sugar workers, owners and renters.

He has been a lead permaculture design course teacher at the Bullock Family Homestead in Orcas Island, Washington, for 10 years, also having taught in Costa Rica and throughout urban and rural California. His special interests are home gardens, plant propagation, rare fruit, food forests, agroforestry, ethnobotany, and native ecosystems.

He is now based in his original home state of California, where he maintains ornamental and edible landscapes and a small nursery, while sharing his passion for plants. John has served as the chairperson for the Golden Gate Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association.