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The Northeast has a rich biological landscape that has become increasingly fragmented by development.  Join us to learn why bringing diversified hedges into the landscape will provide wildlife habitat, foster healthy soils and provide a variety of food and medicinal crops.  Connor Stedman of Appleseed Permaculture will present the concept of hedgerows as a part of a nuanced vision of a regional effort to create a more ecologically diverse and resilient landscape. Connor will be joined by Curtis Dragon, an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional in Essex County, MA, to offer local examples of both traditional and more diversified hedges. During this presentation you will learn:

  • How to use polyculture techniques to diversify traditional landscape hedges
  • How to identify ideal locations for diversified hedges
  • About working with various plant species to improve wildlife habitat
  • Steps to take for planning and planting


Connor Stedman is an ecological designer, farm business planner, and educator based in Hatfield, MA.  As principal at AppleSeed Permaculture, he works with farm businesses and organizations around the Northeast seeking to adopt industry-leading climate mitigating practices, with a speciality in agroforestry enterprises and diversified annual/perennial operations.  He is an instructor in UVM’s innovative Leadership for Sustainability program and holds an M.S. in Ecological Planning from UVM.

Curtis Dragon is the founder of Earth Landscape and has over 35 years experience in creating sustainable landscape solutions with organic products. Curtis is a Certified Arborist, Horticulturist, Accredited Organic Land Care Professional providing natural landscape design and installation, a plant health care practitioner. He holds an Associate in Applied Science Horticulture, Honors Certificate.


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For AOLCP’s this event qualifies for 1.5 CEU hours.

Still have questions? Contact Doug Cook, Education Events Coordinator, at Doug@nofamass.org or 603-969-8195

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