Atlanta Canopy Conference

Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center
225 Chester Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Thursday, February 14
Full-day Conference
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Canopy Cooler Networking Reception
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Conference Resources:

Wednesday’s Speaker Series with Dave Jacke

Primary Principles of Ecosystem Mimicry
Commons Cultures: Pillars, History, Questions, and Principles
Axes of Social System Design
Social System Design Considerations and Recommendations
Ecological Culture Design: A Holistic View

Thursday’s Conference Resources

Dave Jacke Keynote Notes

Friday’s Workshop: Designing Forest Gardens
Designing for Nitrogen Fixation
Messy Ecosystems
What Do We Mimic in Our Forest Gardens?
Plant Species List


To purchase Janisse’s books, please visit her website

To purchase Dave’s books, please visit his website

Conference Overview

Thanks for joining us at our third annual Canopy Conference: “Food Forest Revolution” at Trees Atlanta’s Kendeda Center, and our Canopy Cooler after party.

We hosted a compelling roster of speakers:

  • Open Keynote: Dave Jacke, the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens, a comprehensive, award-winning, two-volume book that constitutes an in-depth course in ecological garden and landscape design
  • Closing Keynote:  Janisse Ray, writer, naturalist, and activist and author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. including, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast

Conference Schedule:

8:00 AM Check-in / Registration opens
8:00 – 8:45 AM Tree Gong (Qi Gong) with Neil Norton
8:00 – 9:00 AM Networking Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome from Trees Atlanta and City of Atlanta
9:15 – 10:30 AM Opening Keynote: Gardening Like the Forest: Lessons from Nature for Edible Ecosystems and Human Societies with Dave Jacke
10:30 – 10:45 AM  Networking break
10:45 am – Noon  Community Panel: The Many Layers of Atlanta’s Food Forest with Robby Astrove, Elizabeth Beak, Tenisio Seanima, Katherine Kennedy, and Paula Randler
Noon – 12:30 PM Boxed lunch provided by Community Farmers Markets
12:30 – 1:15 PM  Optional Workshops:
A) Grafting 101 with Jamie Rosenthal
B) Squirrels and the City: A Census Report with Jamie Allen
1:15 – 2:30 PM Design Panel: Design, Implementation, and Management of Food Forests with Clara Kwon, Brandy Hall, Cory Mosser, Will Sellers, and Steve Sanchez
2:30 – 2:45 PM  Networking break with Tree Tea provided by Herbalista
2:45 – 3:45 PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
A) Tree Medicine: Traditional and Modern Uses of Trees and Shrubs with Lorna Mauney-Brodek
B) Pollinators and Pest Management with Brent Hall, Lillie Kline, and Brooke Vacovsky
C) Pruning Techniques for Fruit Trees with Joshua Tabor
3:45 – 4:30 PM Closing Keynote: The Forest Underground: How to Rewild Atlanta – and Ourselves with Janisse Ray

Additional ticketing information available here.