What is a Food Forest or Forest Gardening?
Simply imagine growing a lush edible landscape of large fruit and nuts trees as canopy trees with smaller shrubs fruit trees beneath, climbing edible vines, edible ground cover, edible and medicinal herbs. This is without tilling and disturbing the soil to much.. like in a forest. Ducks and chickens to produce eggs and manure.
Yet the price of land is going up faster than we can save to buy it.
Our creative solution?
Forests do not need tractors etc to be healthy. Forests are perfect designs.
Some information is from Wikipedia.
Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans.
Forest gardening is a prehistoric method of securing food in tropical areas. In the 1980s, Robert Hart coined the term "forest gardening" after adapting the principles and applying them to temperate climates.
the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
Mollison has said: "Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.
Local Areas Growing foods farm examples
Bay Haven School, Sarasota
Rolf Hanson Started Sarasota County Schools’ First Sustainable Food Forest . “The idea is to teach students about food production, ecosystem patterns, plant life and soil composition, all while getting them outside. The food forest lets Hanson’s students explore and work in a miniature jungle. It’s a magical space for them.”
Jessica Organic Farm, Bradenton
Melissas Farm in Venice
Edible bamboos, chickens, sheep.
Planet Claires farmacy, Punta Gorda
A small, loving, permaculture based farm. We have created a beautiful forest garden/food forest that is based on regenerative agriculture. Among our banana plants grow many perennials including thai roselle, katuk, chaya, sweet potatoes, gingers and we also have seasonal annual vegetables.
Angel Land Food Forest, inc has a goal is to feed people. * Free ..subject to site and Land Owners approval