Edible Forest Gardens Author Dave Jacke is Coming to Australia

Milkwood are proud to announce Dave Jacke is coming to Australia in March to share his extensive knowledge in designing both urban and rural regenerative food, fiber and community systems, using forest ecologies as a model.

This is a special chance to learn from a world leading permaculturalist and forest ecology designer, thinker and teacher.


Dave Jacke’s Advanced Permaculture Design courses and his Forest Garden Design Intensives are somewhat legendary in the USA. However, in Australia he’s better known as the primary author of Edible Forest Gardens, a set of award winning books which encapsulate the theory and design of food forest garden systems.

Setting out strategies for designing food forest gardens for backyards, rooftops, homesteads and small farms, Edible Forest Gardens vol I & II are quoted as being the books that “will define the intellectual territory of its subject for at least a generation…”

What we folks Down Under are not so aware of is that Dave is also at the forefront of advanced permaculture and forest garden systems design teaching. As said, his courses in the USA are legendary as being some of the most well thought-out and applied permaculture design intensives on the planet, enabling students to accelerate their design skills from good intentions to solid skillsets.

While we have a great wealth of permaculture design knowledge in Australia, we certainly don’t have anyone quite like Dave Jacke. So in the interests of upskilling our nation as much as we possibly can for an uncertain future, we decided to bring out this far reaching thinker, teacher and regenerative designer to skill us up on applied temperate forest ecosystem design.

While he’s here, Dave will be leading a Forest Garden Design Intensive at Milkwood Farm, a 9-day design course which will see students immersed in the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems, using temperate deciduous forests as models.

In addition to the Design Intensive, Dave will be giving public talks in Sydney and Melbourne2-day workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, and a one-day workshop in Tasmania.

All of which are a great chance to listen up and skill up in designing and creating regenerative systems, with one of the world’s finest. Don’t miss it. We’ll see you there.

Find out more about Dave Jacke’s speaking and teaching schedule here!

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  1. Thanks Craig! So looking forward to this. From the Design Intensive teacher team skype hookups with Dave that we have been happening already in preparation for this tour, we’ve been blown away by Dave’s design approach, knowledge, and friendly inclusiveness in how he goes about sharing what he knows. Can’t wait.

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