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LOTS OF FOOD: Ecological By Design: Honing and Deepening Our Design Processes

  • The Assisi Institute 1400 North Winton Rd N Rochester, NY, 14609 United States (map)

One-Day Workshop with Dave Jacke

Our current mainstream culture unjustly damages ecosystems and people, leading to unsustainability.  We humans need to rapidly redesign our lifeways and thinking—our culture.  We all design all the time – whether we know it or not.  By learning to design our cultures consciously and skillfully, we can co-create a resilient future for ourselves, humanity, and the planet.

In this one-day class we will dig deeply into design process theory and practice.  We’ll experience effective observation, awareness, and thinking tools that deepen our design skills and our self-understanding.  Through lectures, discussions, experiential design exercises, and more, we’ll hone, clarify, and deepen our ability to design thriving ecological and cultural systems.  This work can reframe your sense of who and what humans are, what is our ecological role, how humans can inhabit nature, and how nature lives within and through us.

Participants should bring a sketchbook, notepad or other firm drawing surface and paper, some favorite sketching tools (ink or graphite) with at least one fine point and one broad tip pencil or marker, and, if you have it, a copy of Edible Forest Gardens volume 2.

To register or for more information: call Patty Love at (585) 506.6505
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$60-100 sliding scale fee, some scholarships available upon request.
Pay online, pay at the door or mail a payment to:
ATTN: Patty Love
Lots of Food
PO Box 18212
Rochester, NY 14618

Dave’s Bio: A student of ecology and design since the 1970s, Dave Jacke has designed gardens, homes, farms, and communities throughout the U.S. and overseas since 1984. The primary author of the award winning two-volume book Edible Forest Garden (, he holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design. In his teaching and his design work, Dave has always explored the interrelationships between people and land as interpenetrating whole systems, grounding his vision and theory in practical and concrete reality as much as possible.

Patty’s bio: Patty is a permaculture designer, teacher, and emerging author based in the Genesee River Valley (Rochester, NY). She studies and practices regenerative and resilient design, permaculture, and edible forest gardening. Her work is informed from her education, reading, time in nature, parenting, and spiritual pursuits. She holds two Permaculture Design Certificates in addition to traditional BS and MALS Degrees. In addition to her business, Barefoot Edible Landscape and Permaculture, patty is the Program Director for Rochester Permaculture Center and Lots of Food, programs of See(k)ing Common Ground, Inc.