Healthy ecosystems exhibit many beneficial properties we humans could stand to emulate in our culture, agriculture, and horticulture:
They maintain, renew, fertilize, and propagate themselves without human inputs.
They build, store, and conserve clean air, clean water, nutrients, soil quality, and biodiversity.
They exhibit stability, resilience, and adaptability.
These qualities emerge from the dynamics of the ecosystem as a whole organism, not from any one or more of the individual elements. To design productive ecosystems that express these same qualities, we must understand biological structures, functions, patterns, and processes, and use this knowledge wisely.
The Horn Farm improves the health and resilience of our community by offering various classes about ecological design. Click here for a listing of upcoming classes, workshops, and events.