Food Forests, also called edible forest gardens and woodland farms, are perennial gardens full of useful plants, that are designed using permaculture and ecological principles. They are meant to mimic self-sustaining forest ecosystems in that they are: diverse, layered, moisture retaining, low-maintenance, self-fertile, efficient, productive and comprised of species that mutually benefit one another. Food forests are not limited to just edible species. We can tailor the plantings to include medicinals, forage for animals, sources of fuel, fiber plants, nitrogen-fixing and mineral accumulating fertilizer plants, craft and building materials, species that attract beneficial insects and pollinators as well as aesthetically pleasing varieties.
Learn how to work with nature to create a Food Forest system in this 4 day intensive, as we take you through the design process and finish with hands-on implementation of a forest garden at Spiral Ridge.