Working With Nature: Seeing the food forest for the trees

Second taster workshop permaculture on Statia

Being Creative With Local Resources

With the kind co-operation of Joshua Spanner & STENAPA, Aardwerk is proud to present a second taster workshop on permaculture. Showcasing the creative work of Joshua Spanner at Congo Preserve. Inspiring uncommon sense solutions to Statia’s challenges and rediscovering the wealth and independence our natural environment provides.

Programme for the workshop

  • Forest as model for food production
  • Energy free from the sun
  • Fresh water free from the sky
  • Food Forest Clinic with Leo Bakx (Aardwerk)
  • Participants are invited to bring a homemade dish (or juice) to share for lunch

Congo Preserve

Its mission is to create and maintain a green zone in the middle of urban development, where folks can come to a peacefull place enjoy nature and learn organic farming.

Congo preserve is a 13 acre compound with 380 fruit trees with 38 types of tropical fruit.
Also in the mix of this is the campgrounds with kitchen, showers in- and outdoor toilets.
The main pavilion has a majestic view of Mazinga, the peak of the Quill volcano – with 601m the second highest point in The Netherlands.

Congo Preserve is powered by the sun for lighting refrigeration and any other electric needs. Joshua developed his own control circuits, using minimal and available parts suitable for this small-scale solution for our tropical climate.

Rainwater is collected, stored and pressurised through an ingenious system developed by Joshua from standard equipment.

Food Forest

In permaculture ‘Food Forest’ is the concept of mimicking one of nature’s most productive ecosystems. A food forest is a multi-story multi-functional ecosystem that, once established, requires very little input from humans other then harvesting the natural abundance. Trees are the basis for such a system. They are complimented with understory smaller trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, root crops and climbing species.

By ‘stacking‘ the different types of plants, that also have roots to different depth, a very compact is created that will produce more then a single crop species on the same area.

Species should be selected that have multiple functions, like windbreak, nitrogen fixing, food for people and pest controlling birds and predatory insects, utility wood, fibre for textiles of paper, medicinal and cosmetic products, etcetera.

A food forest can be as small scale as a backyard garden or even a couple of container plants to complete large scale landscapes.

  • When: Sunday 20 May 2012
  • Where: Congo Preserve
, Mansion Road
  • Time: 09:30 – 12:30h
  • Other: Registration advised – limited places available.
    This is a free workshop but donations are welcome.

To register please call +599 318 5724 or email:

A third and final free taster workshop:
end of June @ GreenBlend with Lois & Laurens Duiveman.