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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 modern 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 part of a nuanced vision of a regional effort to create a more ecologically diverse and resilient landscape. Connor will be joined by Jimi Carnaza, who has been an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional in Essex County, MA, to offer local examples of 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

This workshop is being hosted by Lillooet Sheep & Cheesery in Boxford, MA where they practice intensive management grazing with a flock of around 25 ewes and their offspring for dairy and meat production. They have a self-serve farm stand open year-round with their produce and other local products. 



Connor Stedman (he/him) 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 specialty 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.


Jimi Carnaza (he/him) is the founder & president of Full Circle Earth a non-profit organization “teaching and practicing organic land care, water conservation, and other sustainable practices while creating community inclusion and equity for all.” Jimi is an alum of Salem State University with a B.S. in Sociology. He also holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling through UMass Boston & has been accredited as an Organic Land Care Professional by the Northeast Organic Farming Association.

Capacity for this event is limited to 25 people. Please remember to abide by current MA state guidelines for group gatherings and travel to minimize COVID-19 transmission. Register ahead of time to secure your space!


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Portions of our farm tour will cover uneven terrain.  We want to make sure your accessibility needs are met during the event. Please share with us your needs regarding (but not limited to): physical accessibility, allergies, noise, scent, gender, intellectual accessibility, and any instructions or tips to help you fully participate.

Questions? Contact Sister Dora Miller, Education Events Coordinator, at dora@nofamass.org


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