Food Forest & Practical Permaculture Workshop 12th – 13th of June 2021 in St Augustine Florida USA

Experience a permaculture food forest design being implemented and be part of the action as it happens with Geoff Lawton.


In this workshop, you will learn how to implement a tropical food forest permaculture design with all seven layers of the food forest including productive and support species and learn how they all work together.

The workshop will take place at Connor hats sustainable industrial factory site. And the workshop is part of a real permaculture consultation by Geoff Lawton to meet Connors Hats corporate sustainable responsibility goals. The design will be directly implemented onsite as a permaculture demonstration site that will not only benefit the factory workers but will also be used as a classic permaculture example open to public events.


*This workshop will be taking place in FLORIDA USA on location at the client’s property.

The Brief and Client

To implement an urban tropical permaculture demonstration site and food forest for Conner Hats a sustainable hat manufacturer. The client approached Geoff Lawton and his team, to transform a plot of land adjacent to their factory located in St Augustine in Florida USA. The aim of the project site is to show the local people the potential of permaculture and to help educate and inspire people to live a sustainable life. 

What you will learn


– Site Observation Skills

– Practical Skills in Planting 7 layers of Food Forest

– Understanding Food Forest Succession

– Geoff Lawton’s Work Methodology

The Location 

The site is situated on a one-acre plot of currently unused land in an industrial estate, poor sandy soil and a few oaks and maple trees. The climate Is tropical.



Session 1

Introduction to teachers, the course, the site and the design


Session 2

The complete food forest function and action plan of how its going happen and why.


Session 3

Positioning the major productive components with special functions.


Session 4

Learning how the large major functional elements interact and connect over time.


Session 5

The full potential of a productive ecosystem and its efficiency through functional design and its practical application.


Session 6

Time stacking of natural function to facilitate a sequence of increasing stability increasing soil quality.

Session 7

Targeting the fast carbon pathway function to out compete weeds with controlled rampancy


Session 8

Niche filling with successful diverse combinations of species at the ground level, and longterm ongoing maintenance and functions that create a climax system.

Geoff Lawton Permaculture Teacher

Geoff Lawton


Geoff Lawton is the main facilitator for this course. He is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course with Bill Mollison in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development given by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.


Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies.


He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems.



This course will be taught at Conner Hats, a Sustainable and low impact hat brand originally form Australia the project site is a 1 acre plot adjacent to the Conner Hats solar powered factory in St. Augustine.

St Augustine & Surrounding Area


The course will be held a stones throw away from the historic city of St. Augustine with many interesting sights to visit as well a multitude of accommodation options. St. Augustine is located on the northeast coast of Florida. It lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S., and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture as well as Atlantic Ocean beaches like sandy St. Augustine Beach and tranquil Crescent Beach. Anastasia State Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary. The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress with views of the St. Augustine Inlet.



Places to stay       Historical Sites


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Conner Hats


This course will be taught at Connors Hats 4925 Crescent Technical Ct, St. Augustine, FL 32086, USA. The site is only 16 minute drive (8.3 miles) away  from the city centre of  St Augustine

Nearest Airport

Regional: Northeast Florida Regional Airport.

Jacksonville International Airport
Daytona Beach International Airport.