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Eat Your Yard!

EdVenture offers edible landscaping classes.

January 9, 2014
Maui Weekly

Yards can be diverse and colorful here in the tropics, but most landscaping plans don't consider food, the first and primary reason for humans to plant plants. But your property can be a rainbow of edible offerings, with fruit to pick, greens to harvest and flowers to adorn your homegrown salads.

The design practice called "edible landscaping" is centered on beauty and food production. Lawns make way for multi-textured vegetables in pleasing patterns, interspersed with fruit trees and bushes. This practice addresses the food sustainability needs of Maui Island by bringing your dinner to your door.

The University of Hawai'i Maui College (UHMC) and Edventure at the Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET) are offering a first-of-the-year professional training on the art of edible landscaping. The training is created for landscaping entrepreneurs, property owners, and resorts and hotels interested in fresh, locally grown produce to supply their kitchens. This 18-hour training is open to anyone interested in the design, principles, installation and maintenance of comprehensive and beautiful food spaces for the hotel, business or home.

Instructor Evan Ryan is a Permaculture designer, farmer, project manager and educator with long-term experience on Maui. He consults with farmers, landscapers and landowners on gardens, orchard health and land design.

This training will be held on Tuesdays, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., from Jan. 14 through Feb. 4, with half of one Saturday designated for an onsite class.

Each participant will create a design project based on skills and concepts learned in the training.

Tuition assistance is available for qualifying participants.

Register online at and click on "Career Trainings," or call 984-3231. Email or call Melanie at 344-9677 for more information.



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