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Writing the article series about Food Forests has made me aware of how much interest there is in them and how they can vary from region to region, but it also highlighted to me just how difficult it may be for people to actually visit a food forest.

However, thanks to the wonders of the internet and YouTube, people have the opportunity to take a virtual tour of a food forest and see how it progresses over time without leaving their chair!

To this end, I’ll post semi regular updates with video here. The updates will be warts and all, meaning that I’ll discuss the things that are working as well as those that aren’t. It should be an interesting journey and I welcome dialogue, constructive questions and observations about the developing food forest and other activities here.

As a bit of background about the farm: It is located in the cool temperate mountainous region of South Eastern Australia at an altitude of about 700m above sea level. There are over 300 fruit trees within the two food forests. There are also 14 raised garden beds, plus berry beds and herb beds. Apart from the local wildlife which is an integral part of the food forest, I have a dozen chickens which provide eggs and fertiliser.

The fruit trees are split into two food forests which have different shading from the surrounding forest and the land aspect to the sun. This is because the growing seasons here can vary from quite wet to quite dry and you never really know in advance what the growing season will bring. Chaos seems to be the norm and I’ve seen snow, drought, floods and even a tornado. It is a challenging environment!

I hope that you enjoy the series.

6 Responses to “Fernglade Farm – Mid Spring (October) 2012 Update (Australia)”

  1. Susan Kwong

    Great info Chris, it must be exciting living at your place as things come into season and begin to bear, it’s a great credit to you and the work you’ve put in! Love the wombat and the part it plays in the integrated permaculturing of your site :)

  2. John Gros

    I wonder if the wombat could be trained. Think how much money you’d save on earthworks. LOL

  3. Chris McLeod

    Thanks for the comments. Ha! A trained wombat, that would be something to see. It is under the fruit trees as I write this, happily munching away. Regards. Chris

  4. Carolyn Payne

    Hi Chris, it would be great to have an update from the food forest, what have you been picking? cherries, apricots, loquats? and what is still to come, apples and pears? How is the fruit season going? Did the dry spring affect the amount of fruit that set?
    Carolyn Payne
    Mudlark Permaculture

  5. Chris McLeod

    Hi Carolyn,

    Hope Mudlark is seeing all the benefits of the water that you’ve captured in the earthworks during winter.

    There’s still plenty of groundwater here, but the heatwave has been pretty extreme and unrelenting and reminds me of the 2008-2009 summer.

    There’s an early summer update here:

    I’m planning to put another update together in about a week. It should be interesting as I’ve been preparing for another long and painful drought and I’ll show the preparations for this. The weather is forcing some tough choices.




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