Healthy Franklin County and Wilson College are hosting a free community garden workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 1, in Allen Auditorium, Warfield Hall at Wilson College. The theme of the workshop is permaculture, which is a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating plants, animals, buildings, people and community.

The keynote speaker, Lincoln Smith, is the founder of Forested LLC and teaches, designs and trains others who are interested in forest agriculture and permaculture. Smith also creates and designs forest gardens for homes, commercial properties and public spaces. He is passionate about production ecosystems and brings a background in agronomic science and sustainable landscape design. Lincoln started Forested, LLC to develop and share research in forest gardening. He is a regular speaker on forest gardening at venues such as University of Maryland, the U.S. Botanic Garden, and the Maryland Master Gardeners' Conference.

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