In this course you will plunge deeply into the vision and practice of creating dynamic and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. The teaching team will offer lectures, site walks, exercises and skills training to help you understand how the structure, functions, and successional processes of natural forests apply in the design of edible ecosystems. We'll also learn about and practice natural building, water harvesting & storage, plant and mushroom care, reading patterns in natural systems, and cultural shifts needed for healthy human and ecological communities. Much of the course will take place in the 10-acre research forest garden at Forested.


BLOCK - The block schedule course takes place over 9 days in a row - 2020 schedule tbd.

SEASONAL - The seasonal PDC meets 5 weekends beginning spring 2020

Payment Terms

To reserve your place in the course, you may either pay the full tuition (above), or make a non-refundable $150 deposit (below). Spaces are limited. Open to all regardless of experience. Fee includes course instruction and materials, site visits, guest speakers, beverages and snacks, design process support from the instructors and the certificate. The full balance is due by August 3, 2019.

If you would prefer to spread out your payments into smaller increments, please email Lincoln with your proposed payment plan.

For all payments, you can pay online on this webpage, or mail a check made out to 'Forested' to

3707 Enterprise Road
Bowie, MD 20721

Satisfaction Guarantee

If you find that the course is not a good fit for you at any time, or other life events prevent you from attending, you can withdraw from the course and receive a prorated refund for the class dates you choose not to attend.


Scholarship applications are now closed.

Instructor Bios

Lincoln Smith founded and runs Forested (est. 2012), a forest garden company in Bowie, MD. He is helping create a shift toward forest agriculture by testing forest farming methods, educating aspiring forest farmers, consulting on new forest farms and bringing new forest products to market. He designs edible ecological landscapes, and tests forest garden methods at the 10-acre Forested site. Lincoln is passionate about production ecosystems, and lectures on forest gardening at a wide range of venues such as the US Botanical Garden, University of Maryland, and PASA. Lincoln spent five years designing and managing high-end residential landscape projects and pushing sustainability at Graham Landscape Architecture in Annapolis. He holds a Master of Arts in Landscape Design from the Conway School, and earned LEED certification in 2008.


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Christine Simpson is a creative landscape architect with a curiosity for natural systems and patterns.  She specializes in sustainable, functional places and landscapes and is an avid lover of edible plants. Christine has worked in local government for 10 years, designed parks and playgrounds, taught planting design at George Washington University, and currently works in stormwater management. She coordinates the Forested CSA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Virginia Tech, a Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, and a Permaculture Design Certificate from the 2014 CHEARS/Forested course.