Workshop reveals real forest-related business opportunities in WNC region

Living Systems Design, Warren Wilson College and Matthew Raker of Advantage West have partnered to develop the cutting-edge curriculum for:

 The Forest Economy: Growing Bioregional Business Niches:

Saturday, February 18, 8:30-5:00 at Warren Wilson College

This 1-day class outlines some of the most promising opportunities as identified by regional leaders; it also introduces participants to some of the skills necessary to begin finding your own place in this bioregional economic food web.

Curriculum for the day includes a 2-hour presentation with Zev Friedman (Living Systems Design) describing the type of permaculture-based forestry management necessary for this kind of economy, a pragmatic overview of regional forest-related business opportunities with Matthew Raker (Advantage West), and hands-on installation of an experimental forest garden plot on Warren Wilson College property led by Zev Friedman and Warren Wilson College faculty and students. The College will be managing and monitoring the yields and inputs of this forest garden in perpetuity.

“This economy won’t rely on tourism, sprawling development, or seduction of large industry, but instead on a loyal exchange between people and communities who genuinely care about the well-being of each other and the land, ” says Zev.

Although this region is scarred by a history of destructive ecological and human exploitation as its economic engine, it also contains a regenerative biological treasure trove of native foods, medicines, fibers, building materials and other products that when managed well can be the basis for a truly sustainable economy.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8:30-5:00

Location:WarrenWilsonCollege, Bryson Gym

Cost: General Public- $60; Students, youth and elders (over 65)- $40

Lunch: $10 for organic, vegetarian, delicious lunch made by bioregional chef extraordinaire Michael Gentry. Otherwise, bring own lunch.

Registration: Contact Justin Holt,, 845-401-3700 (c), or go to for more information

Spaces are limited, so sign up now!


Schedule for the day:
8:30- Arrive, meet and greet, coffee and snacks
9:00-11:00- Introduction to permaculture forestry with Zev Friedman: techniques, species and economics
11:00-11:15- Break
11:15-12:00- Land-based economic niches for WNC with Matt Raker from Advantage West
12:00-1:00- Lunch
1:00-5:00- Forest garden installation with onsite instruction.

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