Food Forests!!!! EVERYWHERE

 

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A campaign has just been launched to plant food forest all across the U.S. and the world as well:

 A food forest is a multilayer poly-culture garden that mimics the natural structure of a forest and improves ecological integrity on many levels.  A food Forest may have 9 various layers  starting with:

Mycylieal (fungi) and bacterial

Rhizomal (roots)

Ground Covers (for holding moisture, the soil, and soil fertility)

Herbaceous (vegetables and herb)

Small shrubs (berries)

Large shrubs (small fruits and nuts)

Small trees (large fruits and nuts)

Big trees (hardwoods)

Vines, climbers, and lots of flowers

Eric holzer of Permaculture Earth Artisans  of Sebastopol, CA one of the US leaders of this campaign has this to say, 

“My vision is to educate communities as to the whole system benefits of food forests from, climate change to relocalization of food sources and creating oases of human settlement in our communities. To do this we will help students and interns design and install these systems.”

For more good resources on food forest design see the links and resources below:

Geoff Lawfton’s food forest adventure video

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7 thoughts on “Food Forests!!!! EVERYWHERE

  1. seems like an awesome idea.
    but let me get one thing straight: is the idea to plant things that are native to the area, wherever you’re planting? planting non-native species in abundance could lead to some unexpected and/or undesired results. but perhaps that’s obvious enough that you didn’t have to state it.

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    • In permaculture natives are most often preferred but with food forest are generally not used exclusively. This is because you still want a yield of somewhat familiar foods. As long as your not planting species that are aggressive invasives (obviously do your research) it is fine to plant non native species and even exotics as they will be doing no harm whatsoever only increasing the biodiversity in that area.

      ~gaia punk

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  2. If you think about the average city, there is already a total coverage of non-native but mostly only inedible and “ornamental” plants and grass in residential areas. Imagine changing all that over to even a fairly traditional mix of veggie garden and fruit trees. That would be amazing enough, now imagine being more creative with it and “food-foresting” it using all kinds of cool plants, *including* native or “near-native” edibles (like most berries, after all raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, are all native to much of North America) and you start to get a picture of what is possible. Zone 5 total-native wildness is of course enormously important, and even a small yard in the city can have a bit of it, but an urban lot is most often going to be used for feeding the people in the adjacent house, while still not only preserving but greatly enhancing the diversity and wildlife friendliness far beyond what it was when it was just a lawn. I think sheer economics is going to drive a lot of this, but it is great to educate people on the permacultural concepts of going beyond “20th century traditional” row-crop gardens of tomatoes and pole beans.

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