Workshop on edible landscaping presented by ECO

Press release

From the Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO):

(HENDERSONVILLE, NC, April 30, 2014) – A hands-on workshop – “Envision and Manifest Your Abundant Home Landscape” – will be presented on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. by local permaculture designer Chuck Marsh.  The event is sponsored by the Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO) as part of its Sustainable Living series. The workshop will be held at a private residence so that participants can see firsthand how the process develops.  Cost is $15 per person.  Register online at or phone the ECO office at 692-0385. The event will be held rain or shine.
Marsh will demonstrate — in a real time/real place open consultation — how to transform a conventional Hendersonville residential landscape into a thriving edible, energy-efficient and water-conserving design.  He will walk participants through the client interview, site analysis, and initial problem-solving through level-one conceptual design.
Marsh is the founder of Useful Plants Nursery, an edible landscaping plant nursery located at Earthaven Ecovillage near Black Mountain, NC.  He is the senior partner in Living Systems Design, a Permaculture design practice that serves home and landowners in the Southern Appalachians and surrounding regions.  Marsh also works on permaculture and ecological organic farming international development projects and since 2007 has been focused on permaculture and community development initiatives in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
“Permaculture and edible landscaping are popular topics today,” said George Tregay, chair of ECO’s Energy Committee.  “We are particularly pleased to sponsor Marsh’s workshop this month since edible landscapes will be incorporated into ECO’s Annual Green Home Tour, coming up August 9.  This workshop gives participants the opportunity to ask questions and work hands-on at a real location with an expert presenter.”
Register online for the workshop at or phone the ECO office at 828-692-0385.  Location of the workshop will be provided upon registration.  ECO is a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in Hendersonville.  ECO’s mission is to preserve the natural heritage of Western North Carolina and to be an effective voice for the environment.
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