Dave Jacke has been a student of ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own ecological design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, and a meticulous designer. He has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas, but mainly in the Northeast. A cofounder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984). He is the primary author of “Edible Forest Gardens” .

Dave speaks with Joanna about the ecology of roots; designing forest gardening; paying attention to needs and context; self-hatred: separation from nature; the crucial difference between observation & interpretation;  Nature meditation; learning through play; understanding concepts of forest gardening; fire as an ally.


”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik