HOW: Edible Forest Garden Primer


Earthshed Solutions presents HOW: Edible Forest Garen Primer

Sunday, December 11 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Frog & Toad Farm in Chico

$40 per person (workshop capacity is 15 students)

Register here:

Learn HOW to grow fruits, nuts, herbs, mushrooms, vegetables, and other plants in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. Edible forest gardens yield diverse food for our dinner table, other useful products we need, as well as healthy habitats.

In this Hands On Workshop (HOW) we will provide you an introduction to edible forest gardening. When you leave you will have tools readily available to start on your own forest gardens at home.

 Workshop Outline

Set the Stage

  • polycultures, types of plants & guilds, vertical layers, plant ecology, and succession

Design Process

  • goals, site assessment, W-A-S, patterns, mapping, and species selection


  • site preparation, plant stock, planting, mulching, and seasonal maintenance

 Hands On Activities

  • design polycultures based on specific site conditions
  • prepare the site for planting and build fertile soil
  • plant resource partition guilds for competitive exclusion

 RAFFLE for Plants!

Sherri Scott of Grub Grown nursery has generously donated a set of guild plants for the raffle. All participants have a chance to win these plants by simply attending this HOW. Sherri will also be present with more of her nursery plants for sale.


$40 per person

  • If you wish to attend and cannot register and/or pay online please get a hold if us directly at
  • Any payment made on the day of the workshop is $50.00 per person. We accept checks made out to ‘Earthshed Solutions’ or cash; sorry no credit cards.


Attend the FREE CPG Gathering on November 20th and receive a discount code for $10 off this workshop. This Gathering is from 10am to 1pm at the Chico Library meeting room (1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA). More information about this Gathering can be found here:

What to Bring

  • Paper, clipboard and pens/pencils
  • Gloves, sturdy shoes, possible rain gear
  • Water bottle in a non-glass container
  • Your own lunch (various sun teas will be provided)
  • Chair(s) or blanket for sitting


  • We are limiting this workshop to 15 students. Make sure to register today!
  • The workshop will take place both indoors and out. Only heavy rain will cancel the workshop; we will notify you 24 hours in advance if we cancel.
  • If there is interest we can set up a carpool from Chico at the Chico Park and Ride [Highway 32 at Fir Street]. Let us know of your interest when you register.
  • Please leave your pets at home.


 For more information contact Stephanie at or 530-828-6390.


Edible forest gardening is about expanding the horizons of our food gardening across the full range of the successional sequence, from field to forest, and everything in between.” ~Dave Jacke


HOW’s (Hands On Workshops) are an education program of Earthshed Solutions where we teach you HOW on the ground, learning various skills, mind and body; from permaculture design itself to soil building and food production to greywater, earthworks and other water harvesting techniques.

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November CPG Gathering


Sunday, November 20th from 10am – 1pm

Chico Branch Library (1108 Sherman Ave.) in Chico

Always FREE and open to the public

Polycultures, Plant Guilds & Forest Gardens

We will have 3 short presentations with an open forum in between as we explore polycultures, plant guilds and forest gardening. Join us to learn about the importance and various functions of plant diversity in your gardens and farms.


Plant guilds

Forest gardens

  • benefits
  • types in farming/gardening
  • local examples


  • when and where they’re useful
  • their form and function
  • types of plants
  • tools for guild building
  • examples


  • benefits and key functions
  • examples


NOTE: Participants who attend this Gathering will receive a promotional code for $10 off the December Hands On Workshop ‘HOW: Edible Forest Gardens Primer’ Sunday, December 11 from 10am to 3pm in Chico. For more information or Register:


  • Please bring a small dish to share as well as your own dishes, utensils and cup for the POTLUCK. There are limited dishes available in the library so please remember to bring your own if you can. If you do use library dishes we ask that you wash them when you are done.
  • If you have anything in SURPLUS (vegetables, home preserved food, eggs, fruit, seed, plant starts etc.) please bring it along and we’ll ‘Share the Surplus’ after the Potluck.


  • CPG 3rd Annual Autumn Picnic -Sunday, November 6th from 12pm – 3pm at Brian & Stephanie’s farm in north Chico. Please RSVP here:
  • CSLL ‘Lettuce Get Together’ -Tuesday, December 13th from 4:30pm – 7:00pm at the Chico branch library meeting room.



The Chico Permaculture Guild (CPG) is an education program of Earthshed Solutions, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in July 2015 by actively engaged CPG members.


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CPG website:
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Earth Day Movie Night 2016

Sierra Nevada, ChicoBag Company, Klean Kanteen and Butte Environmental Council present the annual…

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A benefit for Sacramento River Preservation Trust, Butte Environmental Council, Grub Education Program, and Earthshed Solutions.

The films this year will surround the theme of sustainable agriculture, food, and water. They were chosen in light of the continuing California drought and will explore water usage, the impact of agriculture on water supply, and the unique challenges we face with continued drought conditions.


Aina (feature film)

Story of Excess

Inglorious Fruits and Veggies

Nature RX

National Parks PSA

Soil Carbon Cowboys

Follow the Frog


Tuesday, April 19 at the Sierra Nevada Big Room (1075 E 20th St, Chico)

Doors Open at 5 p.m. – Film Starts at 6:30 p.m. 


Tickets: ‘Your donation is your admission’

$5 minimum donation at the door & free for students with a valid school ID

Cash Only


Donation Prize Levels:

$5 – Admission + Raffle Ticket
$10 – ChicoBag Produce Bag + Raffle Ticket
$20 – ChicoBag Produce Bag + Klean Kanteen 10oz Cup + Raffle Ticket
$50 – ChicoBag Higher Value Item + Klean Kanteen  Higher Value Item + Raffle Ticket
$100 – ChicoBag Higher Value Item + Klean Kanteen Higher Value Item + Raffle Ticket


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Because we want to encourage all of our attendees to travel to this event on their bicycle, there will be a free and secure bike valet provided by Chico Velo! This will be available in reserved parking spaces directly outside of the entrance to the Big Room. There are also multiple bike racks around the venue. You will also receive a special incentive for riding your bike!

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Sponsors of Earth Day Movie Night: Klean Kanteen, Sierra Nevada Brewery and ChicoBag