The polycultures concept embraces growing multiple crops in the same space, mimicking the diversity of natural ecosystems.
Design Activity: Team up with family and friends to design garden polycultures for your backyards, or bring together a
group to create a design for a place in your community.
Instructions: This video provides instruction for your polyculture design activity.
Materials: Large sheets of paper; pencils and/or markers for drawing; tape; and…
Designing Polycultures for the Garden
View this presentation and handouts to learn more about polyculture as a community of multifunctional plants, animals, and fungi that is designed for interconnection. Handouts 1) Polycultures session notes (pdf) with resource links and 2) images of Polycultures PowerPoint slides for Polyculture Design (pdf)
Ecology for Garden Design
View this presentation and handouts to learn about how abiotic (non-living) factors, producers, consumers, and decomposers are all important parts of a garden ecosystem. Discover methods to improve the ecological health of your garden. Handouts 1) Ecology for garden design session notes (pdf) with resource links and 2) Ecology for Garden Design PowerPoint slides part 1 & part 2 (pdf)
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