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Regenerative Gardening

Regenerative Gardening: growing food the way nature does

Growing Food The Way Nature Does

Audience: Adults, Teens

Duration: 2 hours

Level: Beginner & beyond

Just as our untouched forests, prairies and other diverse habitats continue to flourish from year to year without outside inputs, the same natural processes can be utilized in your own garden and landscape to revitalize your soil and produce an abundance of healthy food. In this class we will explore all the components of these natural systems, then plug ourselves back into the equation and learn how to establish a healthy growing environment by using what is already at our fingertips.


A brief introduction to permaculture will set the stage to start thinking as nature does.

Join us to learn how you can integrate your garden with nature!

Regenerative Gardening: growing food the way nature does

Regenerative Gardening: growing food the way nature does

May 4th at 11:00am

$25 per person
$45 for two people 

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James Matalik farm manager at bending oak

James (Jim) Matalik

Jim joined Bending Oak in the fall of 2019 and became the Farm Manager in Spring of 2020. He is responsible for the continuing development of the 25-acre educational farm including the off grid infrastructure, fruit & nut orchards, food forest development, hoop house plant propagation and visitor facilities. Jim has extensive training in permaculture including the Permaculture Design Course with Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture, Advanced Permaculture Design with Peter Bane, and Restoration Agriculture with Mark Shepard. Jim is a trained and certified Arborist and has over 20 years’ experience in landscape design and operations with a primary focus on habitat restoration using native plants and trees. 

Jim holds an undergraduate degree in sculpture from Kent State University and has extensive experience working with different mediums including metal, wood and clay and has a love for architecture . He grew up in rural Pennsylvania which was the catalyst for his love of the natural world. Jim plays guitar and lives in Kent, Ohio with his partner Melissa where they cultivate permaculture principles in their backyard homestead with a variety of small animals and two very loud human children- Olivia and Hayden.

Bending Oak is proud to be a family owned and family-first workplace; In an effort to honor our staff and their families we will be closed on holidays.

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