Workshop: an introduction to fruit tree guilds

We’re building an edible forest garden here at Lakeside! And the foundational building block of our edible forest is going to be fruit tree guilds. We’re planning apple, pear, cherry, plum, persimmon, pawpaw and jujube fruit tree guilds (to name a few).

A fruit tree guild is an edible plant community with a fruit (or nut) tree at the centre.

Fruit tree guild workshop

Learn how to combine multi-functional plant species in layers to create a beautiful plant community that not only provides you with food, but supports pollinators and birds, stores water, improves soil fertility, increases pest resistance and captures carbon.  

Join us at Lakeside Community Garden during Loving Spoonful’s Community Garden Open House Day

Location: Lakeside Community Garden
Date: Saturday September 21st
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Get involved

This is the first of a series of workshops on permaculture, forest gardening and regenerative agriculture that we’ll be offering at Lakeside.

If you’re interested in helping build an edible forest garden at Lakeside or want to be on our mailing list for future workshops email

Planning your Plot for Maximum Food Production and Seed Collection


We’re kicking off the 2019 season with a free gardening workshop and potluck.  Everyone in the community is welcome!

Special guest Cate Henderson from the Kingston Area Seeds Savers Initiative (KASSI) is offering the following workshop:

Planning your Plot for Maximum Food Production and Seed Collection

Garden plots are relatively uniform, but the Gardeners are not! Let’s talk plant spacing and protection for what you want to grow and we’ll explore whether you can grow future plants in the form of seed crops at the same time!

Date: April 30th, 2019

Location: RG Sinclair Public School Library (19 Crerar Blvd)

Time: Potluck Dinner – 6:30pm, Workshop – 7-8:30pm

Cost: Free (donations to cover room rental and to support KASSI are appreciated)

Registration:  Click here to register on Eventbrite or email to let us know you’re coming.


The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) is a grassroots organization founded by local farmers, backyard and market gardeners, and concerned community members. KASSI promotes responsible stewardship of our seed heritage.