Social Forestry


Social Forestry
Advanced Permaculture Certificate Course
Held at Wolf Gulch Farm

Advance Reading:  Before coming to the course, please read Social Forestry in the Shasta Bioregion.  Other suggested reading can be found on the Social Forestry Advance Reading list.

Carpooling is extremely important at this time of year, as we do NOT have enough parking for everyone to bring their vehicle to the site.  We will help arrange this and ask for your cooperation.

Course starts the first day at 10:00 AM, and the week will end the last day at 5:00 PM. Meet at the first parking lot just up the drive of Wolf Gulch Farm, 7000 Little Applegate Road, Jacksonville, Oregon at milepost 8. Driving time from Ashland is about 1 hour. Students are welcome and encouraged to arrive the previous evening, especially if you’re coming from far away.

Do not expect to have cell phone reception at Wolf Gulch. If someone needs to contact you in an emergency, best is to email This email is checked daily.

Directions: Use maps to locate your best route to Hwy 238 and/or Jacksonville (west of Medford). Take 238 from Jacksonville to Ruch (first business area). Turn left (south) onto Applegate Rd. Come a couple of miles to Little Applegate Rd., turn left (east). Continue up Little Applegate past the end of the pavement about 2 miles (Mile 6 at Yale Creek Road junction).  You should go wide on two blind hairpins. The second has the driveway tucked in just around the corner. Watch for the driveway for 7000 Little Applegate on your left, just next to milepost 8. Come about 300 ft. up the driveway and turn right into the parking area.


Some tools are required, some are recommended and some are appreciated if you have them.  Complete list in the Checklist of What to Bring.


Bring your own food; no food is provided through your course fee. We will create dinner from your food contributions. Everyone usually makes their own breakfast and lunch, but we may decide to cook warm food together at lunch as well. There will be a camp kitchen with stove and wash-up area. Additional cook stoves could be useful. We encourage participants to show up the evening before class starts to set up camp.

This is a campground with composting toilets. Solar shower available if the sun is shining (wouldn’t count on it in November). Some indoor sleep spaces will be available in the event of very inclement weather.

Please pay attention to the Checklist of What to bring.  You will want these items with you!

Daypack suggested as we will be roaming far from camp. There may be ticks this time of year. Poison oak will require constant awareness (ours is not super potent to most folks). A hot cup can be helpful in staying warm throughout the day. Hot water will be available for tea most of the time. Limited water is available on-site. Each person should bring at least 3 gallons of drinking/cleaning water. Exceptions made for people coming by public transit. See below for more info and checklist.



* = an item you must bring. Others are somewhat optional as we can share. Perhaps check with the people with whom you are carpooling to make sure you have provided from amongst your group.

* 3-5 gallons per person to drink and contribute to cooking and washing, (or more)
* water bottle

Camping Gear:
* Tent (sharing is good), tent footprint,
* warm sleeping bag
* sleeping pad
* flashlight
lantern (it will be getting dark early and lanterns will be quite useful)
headlamp for doing tasks and walking in the dark
emergency blanket (very handy if it gets super cold)

Daytime/Class Comfort:
* Rain-protected clipboard/notebook. This can be rain resistant notebook, field notebook or a plastic bag over your notebook.
* Daypack or bag for carrying clothing, tools, while roaming far from camp
* Camp chair (hopefully 2) It’s great to have one in the classroom and another at the eating area.

Tarp to sit on or hang for rain protection
Small thermos and/or insulated cup for tea
Solar shower bag
Bring only biodegradable soaps/shampoo. Soap will be provided. Shower priority will be given to those who are sensitive to poison oak.
Sun screen

Temperatures at Wolf Gulch tend to the extremes. Be prepared for very hot or very cold temperatures. This time of year is very unpredictable and could be in the 60’s or down to the teens. Layers are necessary with warm things for sitting in semi-heated conditions.

* Raingear. Rain repellant but breathable work jacket. We will be walking and working outside regardless of weather conditions.
* Long sleeve shirts and long pants for moving through brush including poison oak.  Burr-proof clothes such as tight nylon (quick dry) work well
* Warm gloves/mittens, fingerless gloves are useful
* Sun hat (brimmed hat for strong horizontal sun)
Wool cap and scarf

Food and cooking:

* At breakfast and lunch. Bring what you want for yourself. You can use our camp kitchen for preparation. 3 days during the course we will be away from camp at lunch, so you will need food you can carry in your backpack.
* Dinner: Bring food to contribute, especially vegies. We will be providing a big pot of grain (rice or quinoa) each evening and making a stew or stir-fry and salad from whatever people bring. Dairy and meats will be kept separate from the rest of the food, but are appreciated by many. We will have pots for boiling water and some pans for frying/toasting.
* Snacks are nice for tea time and after dinner. Shared tea snacks are greatly appreciated.
* Ice chest (sharing is good). We need to keep food contained and out of reach to critters.
* Dishes and utensils.
Small pot if needed for breakfast or other personal cooking.
Small stove, optional
Hot Cup


*Clip board with rain protection (plastic bag will work), as mentioned above
*Work gloves
*Pocket knife
*Pocket clippers/small pruner (Felco or equivalent)

Strongly recommended:
Folding pull saw (pruning)
Small binoculars
Hard hat or bicycle helmet
Sturdy multi-tool
Small binoculars
10X hand lens
Safety glasses
Small camera

If you have it, please bring:
Basketry knife (we recommend the Mora 120 woodcarving knife)
Lopers (long handle)
Leather or fire resistant gloves
Fencing pliers (hammer type)
Heavy duty old fashioned beer can opener
Plant press or old phone book (large) for same purpose
Draw knife
Broad knife (woodsmanpal)
Japanese logging saw 13″-16″ (not pruning)

SPECIAL REQUESTS For imported materials (to show what we use from off site):

  • Empty, clean and large multi-layered paper bags, such as grain bags, for charcoal
  • Aluminum foil and/or cleaned foil pie plates for insulation on can based charcoal stoves
  • Extra tall restaurant cans for charcoal stoves (longer burn time)
  • Recycled greenhouse plastic for temporary shelter repairs and withie wraps
  • Five gallon plastic buckets with lids
    30 gallon steel drum for downdraft Sauna mass stove bump tank
  • Fire bricks for Sauna downdraft mass stove
  • Heavy duty (9, 8 or 6 gauge) steel wire for can stoves and kilns

!!we will not be using chainsaws or power equipment except perhaps portable drills and lights


Book Signing Takelma
Sunday, May 28, 4 – 7 pm
9044 Takilma Rd.

Village Building Convergence
Live in Portland with Hazel on Zoom
June 12, time and links TBA

Course Dates available HERE.