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Orchard School – Postponed

June 2, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - June 4, 2023 @ 4:00 pm


Talk of food forests is trending, but how do you get you property from where it is now to a productive system? During this two and a half day workshop we will cover everything you need to know to get a perennial food plants growing where you live. You will understand the foundations of soil and soil health including hands on compost making, what makes a forest and how we can harness the pattern for maximum food production, how to care for your new system without the use of biocides or fertilizers, and strategies on filling the space without spending tens of thousands of dollars.

We will have special guest instructor Don Chilo. Don holds his Masters Degree in Science Education, and Bachelors Degree in meteorology. In the past he has been a TV meteorologist and a science teacher. Mr. Chilo completed his Permaculture Design Course in 2015 and holds a Certificate in Design. For many years Don and his partner lived in the Pikes Peak Region where he turned 1/16th of an acre into a mature food forest. He has taught many classes on forest gardening, underutilized fruits and fruit tree grafting. He is currently living on three acres in Southeast Kentucky on three acres where he is establishing a food forest and breeding pawpaws.

Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9 am -4 pm

Workshop fee is $250 If you have a desire to participate but the fee is a barrier please know that we have work trade and some financial assistance available. You can find our Financial Need Application here.

We will be providing lunch on Saturday and Sunday, menu is TBD.


June 2, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
June 4, 2023 @ 4:00 pm


Flying Pig Farm
Keithly Road
Manitou Springs, Colorado
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