Grow A Food Forest

   What is a food forest system? 

As much as modern humans would like to take credit for these modern agricultural food systems known as food forest systems. The truth is that it is perhaps the most ancient way in which humans first harvested foods.

Starting with the fact that prior to agricultural systems for growing yearly crops, humans were hunters and gatherers, which would have exposed us to natural food forest systems. As human curiosity tends to do, early humans adapted to learning from these natural food systems. It was through survival, and through harvesting our daily foods, that humans first began practicing planting and influencing the landscape to grow more food for consumption. 

Naturally in a world without chemical agriculture, we would have grown food in diverse ecosystems. Some examples of this are starting to be uncovered by modern science, through the use of some of the latest technology they have begun to observe that even large parts of the amazon were being farmed in this way by early settlers.

In more recent times, there has been one branch of modern agriculture that has been the lone forefront of food forest growing systems. I am referring to the living system design science of Permaculture.

Back when I started on my journey of growing food sustainably, almost no one was talking about this term, let alone had any clue of what it meant. But like all good things, permaculture has spread and grown to become something widely known by almost anybody interested in sustainable human living systems. With that growth in popularity, also came some factors that have taken away from this wonderful area of study. There has been great confusion as to exactly “What is permaculture”. 

Permaculture is a design system study and approach, it’s principles are intended for the sustainable support of human life, as well as all living things. In essence, permaculture is a very broad diverse area of study and practice, and at heart it deals with all aspects of human society. Permaculture as a whole is intended to redesign cities and communities, both from an ecological point of view and a social communal one.

Education, politics, economy, medicine/health, agriculture, religion, all of these are just as important as the over focus put on permaculture for its ability to grow food in systems that support ecology. 

Food forest systems are the pinnacle of food growing, just as early humans learned from observing nature, so did the scientists whom coined the term and developed the area of study back in the 1970’s. Bill Mollison’s permaculture handbook, is such a complex body of information that there is no reading front to back. It’s been referred to as the permaculture bible for that reason! 

I look forward to sharing with you many of the amazing approaches at sustainable living that permaculture has to offer, and in this particular instance I want to take you deeper into the world of growing crops in food forest systems. 

If you would like to know more about all the benefits Food Forest systems can offer you, click below and you will find more detailed information on how to plant and manage these food growing systems.