Science on Tap: Phil Forsyth, “Permaculture Food Forests in the City”

Science on Tap

Date: September 8, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.

National Mechanics
22 S. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: No Registration Required

Science on Tap is a monthly gathering that features public discussion on engaging science topics. This month’s event features a talk by Phil Forsyth, urban orchardist and director of the Philadelphia Orchard Project.

When William Penn created Philadelphia, he envisioned a lush American Eden, a “greene country towne.” Today Philadelphia is a far cry from that vision, but there is a growing movement to create a healthier, more sustainable city full of green spaces and with access to healthy local food.

In his talk Phil Forsyth will discuss permaculture, a design science aimed at creating sustainable regenerative landscapes and communities, and food forests, a permaculture strategy for developing diverse, multilayered food-producing ecosystems. Forsyth believes we can create functioning, diverse environments within the city that mimic the natural systems within forests. These food forests and orchards bring fresh fruit to Philadelphians, replace vacant lots, bring the community together, and help clean the water and air.

About the speaker

Phil Forsyth is the executive director of the Philadelphia Orchard Project, a nonprofit that plants and supports community orchards in the city, including many food forests. Forsyth has a degree in horticulture and landscape design; certification in permaculture design and teaching; and 15 years of experience in urban farming and orcharding. Since 2007 the Philadelphia Orchard Project has planted 36 orchards with a wide range of community groups in neighborhoods across the city.  

Presented by the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Open to the public (age 21+ or accompanied by chaperone 25 years or older).

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