What is a food forest?
A food forest is a type of permaculture design that is modeled after the structure and relationships found in a natural forest ecosystem.
It is a planted area that is designed to produce a diverse range of edible and useful plants, with the goal of creating a self-sustaining and self-maintaining ecosystem.
In a food forest, trees, shrubs, and other plants are chosen for their ability to grow well together and support each other's growth.
For example, nitrogen-fixing trees and legumes like Lupins can help to improve soil fertility, while understory plants can provide ground cover and habitat for beneficial insects.
Food forests can be created on a small scale in a backyard or community garden, or on a larger scale as part of a farm or other land management project.
They can provide a source of fresh, healthy food for the people who manage them, as well as habitat and resources for wildlife.
Some people even include animals like chickens or bees in their food forests as a way to further increase the diversity and productivity of the system.