My name's Jovan Millet. I'm a Senior in high school in California. In our 12th grade year, we are required to take an Environmental Science course, and my Senior project in this class is, with a partner, to design a home that incorporates and combines both modern architecture, luxury, and technology with the tenets of permaculture in order to create a space that is both comfortable and modern as well as sustainable and in touch with nature.
We have several ideas bouncing around, such as trying to mimic the efficient paths that Mother Nature takes to deliver water and energy through leaves, as well as our plans to meet Energy Star building requirements. Another idea that we both want to implement is a forest garden around the property of the house we'll design, in order that the (fake) residents don't need to go out for groceries, and have all they'd need right on their property for free. There's just one problem with this grand idea of ours:
Neither of us know how to build a forest garden. We know what it is, and what it entails. But neither of us know the logistics involved, the kinds of plants one would be likely to find in a forest garden, various tips and tricks that other farmers have learned over the years of when and where to plant their crops and trees. We're wondering if y'all here at Permies.com could help us out with this, and give us the advice you know about growing forest gardens.
Thank you very much for reading this. We hope to hear from y'all soon!
-- Jovan Millet