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Presentation Shows Merits of Home Food Production

Oklahoma City University will host a presentation titled “Gardening Like the Forest: Home-Scale Ecological Food Production” at 7 p.m. Friday in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on N.W. 23rd Street between Blackwelder and Kentucky avenues. The presentation is free to the public.

Dave Jacke, author of the award-winning two volume book “Edible Forest Gardens,” will discuss how healthy forests naturally maintain, fertilize and renew themselves. Jacke says that edible forest gardens mimic the structure and function of natural forests through all of their stages of development and grow “food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, farmaceuticals and fun.” His talk will provide an overview of the forest gardening vision and a few living examples before discussing some of the broader implications of ecological design science for human culture.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the OCU Oikos Scholars Program, the Social and Ecological Responsibility Initiative at OCU, Harding Fine Arts Academy, SixTwelve, Transition OKC and Central Park Community Garden. For more information, e-mail or call (405) 524-1864.

Read more about Jacke’s book “Edible Forest Gardens” at